Jump to Content

Welcome! You’re browsing the No Depression Archives

No Depression has been the foremost journalistic authority on roots music for well over a decade, publishing 75 issues from 1995 to 2008. No Depression ceased publishing magazines in 2008 and took to the web. We have made the contents of those issues accessible online via this extensive archive and also feature a robust community website with blogs, photos, videos, music, news, discussion and more.

Close This

Waxed - Record Review from Issue #32 March-April 2001

Marc Chechik

10 And 2 (Undertow)

Marc Chechik has been a respected and plucky singer, songwriter, and guitarist on the St. Louis rock and roots scene since its early ’90s salad days, on through the more precarious present. He was a founding member of the garaged Relatives, sang and played guitar in the more ambitious Waterloo, and has helped make the Undertow collective one of the most promising DIY studios and labels in the Midwest. Over the years, Chechik’s sporadic acoustic gigs have shown what a smart, subtle songwriter he could be.

When Chechik finally got down to recording his first solo album, no one knew he’d put aside all understatement and emerge as a full-fledged, back-to-the-risers rocker. On 10 And 2, Chechik casts his lot with the energy of Let It Be-era Replacements and the frayed tunefulness of Sticky Fingers-era Stones. Waterloo members Dave Melson (bass) and John Baldus (drums) push and push Chechik’s tough, electric hooks and scrappy vocals, as fellow travelers Mary Alice Wood and Steve Rauner (multi-instrumentalist for Nadine) shade in some country colors with her voice and his guitars and dobro.

The lead track, “Broken Radio”, is probably Chechik’s best song, a snapshot of youthful isolation redeemed through music. “Reservoir Tower” is his best story, an unsentimental and detailed portrait of small-town restlessness.

Over these eleven songs, Chechik’s tone veers between optimism, regret, and a bit of focused anger. But the pacing and, more importantly, the spirit is never less than hungry and full of life.

Enjoy the ND archives? Consider making a donation with PayPal or send a check to:
No Depression, 460 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108


Did you enjoy this article? Start a discussion about it, or find out what others are saying in the No Depression Community forum.

Join the Discussion »

Find out what's going on in roots music. Share concert photos and videos, learn about new artists, blog about the music you love.

Join the No Depression Community »

Originally Featured in Issue #32 March-April 2001

Buy our history before it’s gone!

Each issue is artfully designed and packed full of great photos that you don‘t get online. Visit the No Depression store to own a piece of history.

Visit the No Depression Store »

From the Blogs

Shop Amazon by clicking through this logo to support NoDepression.com. We get a percentage of every purchase you make!

Subscribe To the No Depression Newsletter

Subscribe to the No Depression Newsletter