Dubbed by multi-platinum record producer John Feldmann* as a mix “between Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold" Marina City has introduced their rapidly growing audience to a genre they didn't even know they craved: Aggressive Pop Rock. Fusing heavy instrumentals with keys and catchy three-part harmonies, the band knows how to stand out above the rest. They have been named one of the "Top 10 Independent Bands You Need to Know" by MTV & Altmusic, the "Band You Need to See" by Alternative Press for both Warped Tour and Riot Fest 2016, and were declared The 2016 Band Of The Year by Chicago Nightlife Awards . On The Request Magazine writes: “(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.”
“The completely independent band that people cannot believe isn't big yet**”
Debuted at a sold out House of Blues show, the sextet since gained an intensely dedicated fan base they call The Lost Boys. This fan base has opened the door for Marina City to tour over a dozen times across the country, playing Warped Tour, Riot Fest, CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW, and share the stage with national/ international touring acts such as: Go Radio, Senses Fail, Amanda Palmer, Drake Bell, State Champs, Real Friends, and more. The band has gained airplay on many local radio stations including 101WKQX and Fearless Radio and has been featured in MTV News, AltPress, Rocksound Magazine, Absolutepunk.net, PropertyOfZack, Pupfresh, and Red Eye Chicago. At the end of 2015 Marina City was also named the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Band's Grand Prize Winner. "Their ability to stand out and their amazing work ethic is undoubtedly why they’ve reigned victorious above thousands of hopeful locals."*** Competing against nearly 10,000 bands across the nation Marina City was the band chosen to work with John Feldmann on their new Ep, play 2 weeks of Warped Tour, and be endorsed artists of Ernie Ball Music Man.
Alternative Press Magazine called Marina City the #2 band to watch at Warped Tour 2016 saying, “This theatrical six-piece has the artistry and determination to give Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco) a run for his money”. The sextet 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, 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.
"On top of the post-hardcore skeleton that carries the band’s sound... You can find elements of jazz in the keys, nitty-gritty soulfulness in the vocals and a general pop sensibility...."*** Together they hit the stage to create one high energy rock show. "They had the entire venue screaming at the top of their lungs, singing along and smiling throughout their entire set. Each one of them has the gift to make people feel so many positive emotions all at once, and not very many people can say that."****** In April 2016 Marina City went to 5 studios in 5 different cities across the midwest to record a live acoustic EP with Craig Owens (Vocalist of Chiodos). The EP, entitled Lost ≠ Alone, will be release September 16th, 2016.
*John Feldmann, Multi-Platinum Producer (Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco, 5 Seconds Of Summer)
Lead Vocals // Ryan Argast
Rhythm Guitar;Vocals // Brian Johnson
Lead Guitar // Todor Birindjiev
Bass Guitar // Aaron Heiy
Drums;Percussion // Eric Somers Urrea
Keyboard;Vocals // Matthew Gaudiano