The Marshall McLean Band was born out of the Northwest, and it carries with it the unique sound that is becoming distinct to this part of the country. The four-piece band, based out of Spokane, has brought forth a fresh idea; that one can merge elements of thoughtful songwriting in folk, the driving force of rock, and the melodic accessibility of Americana and carve out a new genre – a kind of NW Americana Rock.
One of Spokane’s favorite songwriters, McLean manages to write songs without pretension. He sets reflective moods and backs them up with a distinctive picking style that travels seamlessly from powered lead lines to dynamic rhythm. It is in the final output, however, where the Marshall McLean Band carves its most solid niche. The method in which acoustical elements are managed through filters and amps gives forth a clean, overdriven sound that blurs the line between genres. The band is unafraid, blending these styles, taking the best of both worlds and discarding the rest.
Joining McLean are veterans of other Northwest bands: Justin Landis from Sandpoint-based “Cedar and Boyer” plays a smoothed-out bass that gives Marshall’s songs a strong foundation. Jamie Frost of “The Makers” is on a clean pedal steel, adding a haunting beauty. Caleb Ingersoll of Spokane’s “Cathedral Pearls” plays a tight, driving, 60’s Ludwig, drum kit that rounds out the complete sound that is destined to become its own genre.
The release of “Glossolalia” – which means “speaking in tongues” – showcases the mature and well-received effort by Marshall McLean Band.