Marshan - Kings Thursday on the Friday Street


Not blessed, or merciful
Apr 11, 2001
Sarf Lundin, Innit
Marshan - Kings Thursday on the Friday Street
Casket Music - 2001
By Chris Barnes (

Marshan is from Glasgow, Scotland. One of my friends from New Jersey went to Glasgow recently. I asked him what Glasgow was like. He said it was like New Jersey. I thought that was kind of funny.

Marshan melds the wonderful production of Dave Chang (To me, Dave is the man every band should hire as producer) with sonics reminiscent of Welsh pot-princes Acrimony. In fact vocalist ...or in this case one of the vocalists, there seems to be two....sounds eerily like Acrimony's Dorian Walters with maybe a little of the late Shannon Hoon in the mix. Crazy.

Where I found Acrimony a little stale with a one-size-fits-all approach, Marshan liven things up with toe tappers, head bangers and a cool, little hypnotic ballad. In fact the sparse, mostly acoustic driven "Deep and Meaningless" is one of my favorite cuts off of the album. It starts off slow and builds into a jumbilia of bass, drums, guitar and vocals. Kind of like if the Grateful Dead got a kick in the ass during the last part of a "I Know you Ryder/China Cat Sunflower" jam. I'll also say that if you juxtapose "Deep and Meaningless" with the happy little butt-shaker that is "Mutton Chop Hop" you'll get the full Marshan vibe. This is one band that knows how to write a song and sound like they are having a good time doing it.

They kept this album tight, no filler added, with six tracks clocking in at just over a half-hour. Despite the tough subject matter of songs like "Needle Eye" (which grooves like an electric router!) it's a half-hour of feeling like you've landed in Marshan happy land, where the drinking fountains serve Schnapps, the trees are made of Godiva, the flowers are lollipops and the sun never sets. You just don't want to leave.
Here's another opinion on the album...

From: Deanna St.Croix -

Hell ya!!! Outta sight, outta sight.... This is one great album by Marshan produced by Dave Chang so what more do you want or expect?

This great band from Scotland decided to grace our ears with some of the best, catchiest, grooving sounds around. So let's begin our trip shall we?

What a strong kicking intro to "Purple Demon Blues". This is one catchy tune!!! A definite stoner song with some speedier passages. My head bobbing in unison with the beats and shoot, I just want to party now! Some Fu Manchu type vocals in Purple Demon that sound really great. "Mutton Chop Hop" kicks in next with deeper, fatter vocals. Again another catchy as hell, lets get down and party song! A really fun tune to listen to.

"Deep and Meaningless" takes you on a completely different trip, with much airier vocals, much lighter, the kind of music that tingles the psyche. This is my favorite song on the album. Really reminiscent of Blind Melon's vocals and style as well as Hater. If you are into music that grooves you, Marshan fits the bill. Check out "Funky Fork Song" and you'll see what I mean. For beautiful guitar listen to the intro to "Summer Hill Song". Absolutely beautiful! Mesmerizing and on par with Orange Goblin's 'Lothlorian'. This song that starts out so beautiful takes you by surprise and takes over your mind/soul with its good feeling vibes and grooves! Can't miss that southern vibe showing through every once in a while. I dig the deep vocals in this tune. And the guitar playing? Amazing!!

This whole album is a tribute to being stoned and having a good time. Play this album and you can't help but slip into a good mood. You want to groove? Come on I know you do. "Needle Eye" will take you down that path. I cannot possibly make any words do this song justice. Nice up tempo start with a real quiet like ending where the singer whispers "can you feel this?" - it's just killer! And just when you think the song is over.....

All in all this is one great album from Marshan. Look for an interview with them coming up soon.
and again, this time from Roadburn (

Scottish stoners Marshan have a pleasant Acrimony-like vibe on their 6-song EP's opener, "Purple Demon Blues". Happy stonerrock is definitely a good thing. More joy comes in the form of track two -- a hoarse vocal line stands next to a high pitched melodic line to give "Mutton Chop Hop" a unique signature. "Deep & Meaningless" is a hilarious title since it refers to a Grateful Deadish (with distorted guitar) instrumental number.

The production by Dave Chang does a great job of keeping the space and lightness in the music rather than overburdening it with generic stonerrock uber-low-end. In fact, the whole of this disc is rife with the atmosphere of a sunny day out with your best mates, just having a great old time. Surely the perfect antidote to a dreary Scottish winter.