Fusing melodic top 40 pop sensibility with a heavy punk rock edge, Marina City given their growing audience something they didn't even know they craved. Dubbed “One of Chicago's best up and coming bands”* and “THE Chicago band to watch out for.”**, Marina City is set to release their 3rd Ep, Wanderlust, on August 11, 2015. The band's first two releases, In the Wake of Dreaming (2012) and Chimera (2014) have watched the band develop from their pop-punk roots into a more... more melodic yet in-your-face sound. But for the newest EP, Wanderlust, the Chicago sextet traveled 6,000 miles to producer Casey Bates (Pierce The Veil, Chiodos, and Portugal. The Man) to record a collection of songs in a genre that the band has coined "Aggressive Pop Rock". On The Request Magazine says: “ (Marina City) have brought a very real, intense rock flavor to vocals that could easily appear in today's top 40… they are showing the world what real music in popular culture could and should sound like.”
Since debuting at a sold out House of Blues show, the sextet has gained through heavy online and street promotion an intensly dedicated fan base they call The Lost Boys. This fan base has opened the door for Marina City to tour heavily across the Midwest and East Coast, play Warped Tour, and share the stage with national/ international touring acts such as Go Radio, Senses Fail, Amanda Palmer, State Champs, Real Friends, The Rise Records tour, and more. The band has also gained airplay on many local radio stations including 101WKQX and Fearless Radio and have been featured on Absolutepunk.net, PropertyOfZack, Pupfresh, Red Eye Chicago, and The Herald News.
Relying on “poignant lyrics, three-part harmonies, and one hell of a drummer”*** the band features lead vocalist Ryan Argast, guitarist and vocalist Brian Johnson, keyboardist and vocalist Matt Gaudiano, drummer Eric Somers-Urrea, bassist Aaron Heiy, and lead guitarist Todor Birindjiev. With a degree in music performance, drummer Eric Somers-Urrea creates a strong rhythmic backbone for bassist Aaron Heiy’s deep pocket to groove within. Todor Birindjiev, the newest member of the band, takes each song to new heights with his infectious guitar solos and ripping lead lines. And Hammond artist Matthew Gaudiano on keys teams up with guitarist Brian Johnson to create the hard-hitting and aggressive center of the band. However, the biggest standout factor for Marina City is that it features 3 lead vocalists. Gaudiano’s smooth R&B style and Johnson’s raw punk sound compliment the power and emotion of frontman/ lead vocalist Ryan Argast. Together they hit the stage to create one high energy rock show. Said Chris Triebes owner and talent buyer of Mojoes In Joliet, IL "Marina City puts on one of the most energetic & passionate live shows I have seen from a local-area band in a long time".
*On The Request Magazine
**Robbie Mueller, Founder of BTG Management
***Zack Jablow, Grammy award winning producer
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