While it is difficult to see every band on Warped Tour in one day, concert goers will not want to miss Chicago rockers, Marina City when they join the festival in Salt Lake City. Ryan Argast (vocals), Brian Johnson (vocals/guitar), Matt Gaudiano (vocals/keys), Eric Somers-Urrea (drums), Aaron Heiy (bass), and Todor Birindjiev (guitar) will be bringing their own special brand of aggressive pop rock to the lineup and is rumored to be one of the most compelling shows yet.
Lost is a good thing. Marina City’s new EP, Lost Doesn’t Mean Alone resonates with anyone struggling to find their way in a world that is not always sweetness and light. It defines a stage of life that holds much growth and discovery, which often leaves people feeling lost and alone. But Marina City declares that although you may feel lost, you are not alone as many people are experiencing the same feelings. The songs are delivered in soulful vocals by Argast, backed with stunning three part harmonies. Each track wraps around real life with optimism and inspiration in a shared experience through the music they have created.
Let’s make a record. It sounds simple, but Marina City had a unique idea for their new EP. They decided to use five different recording studios, in five separate cities, with five diverse live audiences! The logistics were difficult, with so many variables that could not be anticipated or controlled. In describing the challenges, Johnson said, “Trying to get to the studio on time and figure out how everything works and how to get the best sounding mix and everything for the people. Trying to have our engineer run live sound and record it at the same time was kind of tricky with different studios and equipment that we were working with.” The recordings were done consecutively, without a break, and the pressure was on to play note perfect for the recording while engaging the audience with a live performance. Still, the hardest part was the most fun for Marina City who enjoyed the chance to share the recording process with fans.
Realizing a dream come true. Four years ago, Marina City wanted to make music full time. Although the original goal to be a self-sustaining band remains the same, Johnson explains, “The scene has changed. Everything around us is changing and we’re adapting to it as it (unfolds).” The dream may not vary, but the way you get to it does. Johnson remarked, “It’s so much quicker nowadays. You just have to be on your game and know the next best thing to keep people entertained and involved with the band. Definitely not the same as it was even a few years ago.” Marina City used to be the kids in the crowd at Warped Tour, but this year they will be on stage. To celebrate, they will offer their entire summer merch line, as well as physical copies of their music for sale at Warped Tour. For those who want to jump start their summer wardrobe, Marina City currently has an online merch sale going full steam right now. Watch for them on Warped Tour!