The Marzaks are an in-your-face kind of experience -- not for the faint of heart. They've been called Edgy Acoustic Pop, although that's just a start. 'Fun, original songs with great acoustic instrumentation' comes a little closer. You'll be almost there if you add punk influence, Beach Boys vocal harmonies, and a touch of jazz sensibility. This zany bunch took first place in the Non-Traditional Band Contest at the 11th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia in 2000. The Marzaks feature vocals and cello from the maniac-trapped-in-a-nerd's-body Mark Rock (Peter Markush); vocals and guitar from the teenage-heartthrob-with-a-mean-streak Ben (Joey Vigour); fiddle, cello, guitar, vocals, and antics by the lovely-but-dangerous Shootin' Moon (Cathy Monnes); lightning mandolin licks, fiddle, and vocals by the dark overlord Mando Man (T.J. Johnson); and rock-solid percussion from the vegan beatnik Soy Boy (Paddy League). Their debut CD, Superhuman, features original songs from four out of five band members, a spiffy cover illustration by Eric Olive, and an 8-page lyric booklet with clever drawings by 10-year-old Sally Monnes. Plus a surprise or two. But don't take our word for it. Read this, the very first review of Superhuman: From the May 28, 2002 issue of C-Ville Weekly The Marzaks, Superhuman Right at that unlikely edge where comic book pop meets old time music, the Marzaks have erected a monument to silliness. Superhuman is an utterly gratifying experiment in joke pop and sacre bleu-grass, featuring mandolins, cellos, fiddles, drums, dumb vocals and killer harmonies. Much respect. Not content to have a record overflowing with funny excursions into groove-grass and sillipop, Superhuman affords the Marzaks ample opportunity to reveal their considerable musical proficiency, and high quality playing abounds. Add to this a relentless journey into the funny pages of acoustic music, and you've got a true humdinger. Word is the band performs fully pseudonymed in their own special super costumes. Could they be any cooler? I'm doubtful. Featuring a slew of unlikely regional superzeros, like Draw The Kitten's wildwoman fiddleress Cathy Monnes and Irish percussion prodigy Paddy League, the Marzaks gives a crew from diverse backgrounds a testing zone for something the Mothers of Invention might have looked upon with fondness. From the first spin of the title track and it's glorious refrain, 'Now that I'm superhuman, I can do anything/but I can't make you fall in love with me,' to refreshing little ditties like 'She Likes To Bite,' it is clear that Superhuman is destined for cult classic status. So simple, so stupid, and so brilliant. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Get Superhuman and enjoy some cool-ass summer music for superpeople with senses of humor. -Cripsy Duck.
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