Sometimes it takes great personal pain to beautiful music. Such is the case with Marathon. For Zach Wagner, frontman of the Lebanon, PA outfit, that pain was his struggle with anxiety. He tells Consequence of Sound that he had to start writing something new in order to wrestle with debilitating panic attacks…
I wasn’t musically inspired in the least and so I really didn’t have any way to cope without music. I decided to abandon whatever ideas I had surrounding what I thought Marathon was supposed to sound like and took a different approach to the music I was making, both in writing and production.
Our first taste of Wagner and co.’s new sound is “Chrome Waves,” an intricate piece of dream-pop made all the more stunning by the story behind it. Listen below.