The title to this three-song EP by the March Greens comes from the end of the first song “Cinders”. “Cheer up / you shall go to the ball”, the line goes. In its description of a first date it echoes the Cinderella tale, but the burnt embers alluded to in the title seem indicative of our narrator’s general tone. First dates are a dime a dozen, as full of hope and anticipation as they can be. In other words, “this is how it always starts”, as the March Greens’ Spencer Bayles softly croons. That sensitive croon is part of this EP’s appeal; there’s tenderness in his singing even when the lyrics suggest the inevitability of failure. It helps too that the melodies themselves are gorgeous, the arrangements soft-pop in the absolute best sense. Across the three songs our protagonist wishes for someone to come along and be a savior or, on “Manhattan”, for a city to reach out and pull him in. That saving never happens, but hey, at least there’s these lush pop songs to fall back upon. - Dave Heaton
2nd July 2009: Vibrations review
Here's the review from the fine Leeds publication Vibrations:
5th May 2009: eMusic / CD Now Available / Reviews
In addition to iTunes and Amazon, the EP can now also be downloaded over at eMusic.
The hand-numbered CDR version of the EP is now available from this very site - head on over to the media page to buy with Paypal. A complementary keyring comes with each CD order, should you need any more of an incentive.
The first reviews are in - Leedsmusicscene describe it as "a decent piece of yearning-infused indie-pop... 'You Shall Go To The Ball' is the sound of quiet heartbreak and longing." The current edition (29 April - 14 May) of Leeds Guide has this to say:
"If you like your pop thoughtful and your patience rewarded, the soft tones of The March Greens may suit you perfectly. This is indie-pop dressed in a cardigan, sipping a cup of tea in time to the gentle musings of Belle and Sebastian. That's not to do this EP a disservice - it's considered, subtly melodic and unafraid to slow the pace."
27th April 2009: iTunes / More Airplay / Live In The Spare Room
The March Greens' You Shall Go To The Ball EP can now be purchased from the iTunes store. We believe the EP is live on all the international stores - here's the link to it at the UK store.
For the second week in a row, You Don't Need It Or Deserve It was played on BBC Radio's Raw Talent show, which is fantastic.
Last week, Spence, Sarah and Ric filmed a live version of You Don't Need It Or Deserve It in the spare room of March Greens HQ. Here are the results:
20th April 2009: Radio Airplay / Amazon MP3
You Don't Need It Or Deserve It got its first airplay last night on BBC Radio's Raw Talent show, which is very exciting news indeed. Fingers crossed for more radio exposure...
Aside from the CD release (available from this site very soon), the EP will be downloadable from numerous MP3 stores. Links will be added as they go live, and they'll all be listed on the media page. Right now you can buy from Amazon MP3, with eMusic and international iTunes stores following soon.
Plans are also being hatched for a launch event - more details soon...
6th April 2009: New EP - details
The new March Greens EP, You Shall Go To The Ball, will be available to buy digitally from iTunes and other selected download stores from the middle of May (exact date to be confirmed). There'll also be a limited edition CDR version which will only be available from here - this can be pre-ordered now, and will be dispatched earlier than the digital release (order now and you should have the CD by the end of April). The EP features the songs Cinders, You Don't Need It Or Deserve It and Manhattan, and they can all be heard on the media page.
Take a look at the short behind-the-scenes video from the recording of You Shall Go To The Ball:
17th March 2009: Welcome
Hi, welcome to www.themarchgreens.co.uk. Some new music is on its way. Stay tuned for updates on the new EP...