Kal Marks Embrace Optimism (Sort Of) On Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies

'Humanity is learning and opening your eyes wider every day.'

Kal Marks’ latest record opens with a whimper, not a bang — a soaring, spacious guitar, a gentle rhythm, and singer Carl Shane dreaming of “greener pastures.” For a band with an outlook that’s often as grim as heavy as their sound, Kal Marks have approached Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies with a new mentality: Maybe things will turn out okay.

Well — maybe. In an interview with MTV News, Shane spoke openly about the weighty topics that ground his songwriting. “Fear, depression, anxiety, self-hatred and shame never go away… or at least until you die,” he told us.

Kal Marks’ distinct brand of dark basement punk persists on Life Is Alright, but undoubtedly, the follow-up to 2013’s Life Is Murder offers a fresh glimmer of hope. The Boston trio cite new, diverse influences, from folk and psych rock to Kendrick Lamar, in crafting their new and— dare we say — optimistic vision, although it’s an uphill battle for Shane, most definitely.

“I just want to make it out alive,” he sings on the record’s title track — but then again, don’t we all?

Stream Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies (out February 19th) below, and read our interview with Carl Shane.

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