Leigh Marble | Red Tornado

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Red Tornado

by Leigh Marble

"A gut-wrenching stunner." - DOA || "This album relishes in its noise and chaos." - Tape Op
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lucky Bastards
3:06 $0.99
2. On Your Way
3:21 $0.99
3. Salt In The Wound
3:29 $0.99
4. Fast & Loose
2:17 $0.99
5. Baby Ruth
4:09 $0.99
6. So Far
3:48 $0.99
7. Get Yours
4:25 $0.99
8. The Big Words
4:41 $0.99
9. Gave It All
3:56 $0.99
10. Stakes
3:49 $0.99
11. Strip The Bed
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Album Notes
"Red Tornado" is a descriptor of the emotional state that each of these songs came out of, whether it be depression, frustration, or high anxiety – the common thread running through this album.

Whether it’s album opener "Lucky Bastards", a song about ambition and poisonous envy, the American dream vexed to nightmare by the vapidity of pat aphorisms, or "On Your Way", a kiss-off song to a friend full of high ideals and low standards. To "Salt In the Wound", a song Marble describes as "a memoriam to a number of slow-suicide cases I’ve known in Portland. Frustrated artists that forget their beauty and drink themselves to death", Marble pulls no emotional punches in his pursuit to speak his mind and let his voice be heard.

"I took chances letting more people into the creative process. Working with two musicians in the band now (keyboard maestro Ben Macy and feral drummerkind Jason Russell), working with some outside engineers for tracking. I had a couple key overdub sessions with friends Peter Broderick (Horsefeathers) on violin and Mike Apinyakul (Shoeshine Blue) on guitar, both of which helped push songs in a new direction."

Marble also admits he was more sonically adventurous this time around. He tracked drums with more distortion from the beginning. He stacked up guitars more than he had in the past. And he tried to follow what each song was asking for, rather than relying on his preconceptions of what the arrangements were going to be. This less rigid, more organic approach resulted in a more vibrant expression of his vision.

"I was willing to lay some stuff down, like a rock record, and not mess with it by polishing it," states Marble. "I left the rough edges in this time."

Red Tornado was recorded at Leigh's Fishboy Studios, and was mixed by Jeff Stuart Saltzman.
"Red Tornado" remixes are out now, on the "Twister" EP!

If you're viewing this on CD Baby, please see the link at the bottom left to "Twister". Otherwise, please hop over to CDBaby.com and search for "Leigh Marble", and you will find "Twister" there!




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Brad at CD Baby

On his second self-produced solo album, Marble decided to leave some of the edges frayed, exposing not only his knack for getting some beautifully raw sounds on tape, but also his ability to deliver effective lyrics without wasting a word. You could attempt to sum up the sound by calling it folk rock, but that's not giving the songs nearly enough credit. While some of the tracks have well-placed moments of delicacy, the strongest sounds here are the ones that are layered thickly but distinctly, allowing the listener to suss out each element of the song, whether it be a driving guitar or the slightest background percussion. Ostensibly, these songs appear melancholy in their honesty, but there's no shortage of hope if you take the time to scratch the surface. Looking past the tangible frustration and concern in the lyrics, it's easy to see these are words that can't be written off as petty cynicism. Combine this with the fantastic production and an endless array of sounds that meld together seamlessly, and you've got yourself a damn fine record from an artist who has truly found his voice.

Matt Wilson

Red Tornado
Had never heard of him, it's been a while since someone with this sence of direction and talent has showed up. Nothing but a pleasure.


Perfect sound and vocals!

Stop Starting Bands, An Instructional Pamphlet

SSB declares Leigh Marble BEST of 2007
Leigh Marble's album RED TORNADO has come in #1 on Stop Starting Bands, An Instructional Pamphlet's TOP TEN albums of 2007. Marble is constantly working to create musical brilliance and we here at the 'zine cannot stop listening to this album. If you are like me and are sick to death of snide, pretentious, indie-rock re-hash...
And buy Leigh Marble RED TORNADO.


"Lucky Bastards" is the kind of anthem that sounds straight out of a post-punk world -- and it's a perfect opener to Leigh Marble's second album, "Red Tornado." But what follows is all over the map -- but in a good way. Marble appropriates sounds that are unusual, gritty, even sticky (if you can imagine what sticky sounds like), and adds distinct and challenging lyrics to create a very good listen.

Binary Chick

Cynic's Soundtrack
This album plays like a cynic's soundtrack. "Lucky Bastards" is brilliantly written and delivered - I never grow tired of it after a long day of dealing with annoyances. There's a lot of style variation on this album, all of which merge perfectly to create one complex finished product. I think this album portrays a stronger marriage between Marble's vocals and guitar than on his previous release "Peep" (which also deserves a spot in your musical collection!). Although I keep both of Marble's CDs in heavy rotation, Red Tornado seems hard to one-up. Its gritty delivery keeps me smirking and coming back for more!