Chicago natives Marina City have been named one of the "Top 10 Independent Bands You Need to Know" by MTV & Altmusic, but they are much more than that. The 6 piece band is the next big thing in alternative music that simply have not gotten the coverage they deserve. Compared to the likes of Fall Out Boy, the band is electric and poppy with an edgy twist. They have the talent to compete with the best of them, if not surpass them. Lead singer Ryan Argast has a soothing but powerful voice, and when paired with heavy guitar by Brian Johnson and Todor Birindjiev, steadfast drums by Eric Somers Urrea, Matthew Guadiano's theatrical keyboard, and Aaron Heiy's steady bass, their sound packs a huge punch. Marina City is destined for great things, and will without a doubt be playing through your radio in the near future.
1. What is the main inspiration for your lyrics?
Life! It may sound generic but our music is about the struggles and triumphs all of us go through in our lives. There are a lot of themes that consist of hope, determination, never giving up, being yourself, and fighting to live your dream. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
2. What is it like being a band with a larger amount of members? Is it easier, or more difficult?
We honestly don't know any better if it's easier or more difficult. We never seriously toured in our previous projects and they never lasted this long to do the things we are doing. It's like having 5 other brothers, you fight each other, you love each other, you hate each other, and you look out for each other. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
3. What are you working on right now?
We've been writing a lot so we hope to start recording early next year for an early summer release. Otherwise we have been focusing on our set list for our tour with BadXChannels that's coming up. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
4. Have you ever experienced musician's block, and if so, how did you get out of it?
Yeah for sure, usually you just go do something else, listen to more music, play sports, watch TV, hang out with friends and then come back to it later. Usually that always helps us. Sometimes you just need to step away. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
5. What hobbies or interests do you have outside of playing music?
Personally for me I love watching movies, playing/watching sports, and hanging out with close loved ones. I hope to act one day while singing in this band. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
6. When did you know that you wanted to create music?
I can't think of a time when I didn't! I was singing the minute I started talking and dancing the minute I started walking! I was always making up silly lyrics and melodies. Music has always been there for me. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
7. How do you deal with mistakes on stage?
Act like they never happened! Get the crowd distracted and just play through it. I learned to never bring attention to any problem on stage. Most of the time the crowd will have no idea something is wrong until you bring it up. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
8. What is the best show you've ever played, and the worst?
We have fortunately been able to play so many great shows but it will have to be our CD Release show for Wanderlust but our first Warped Tour, Riot Fest, and Sold Out House Of Blues show is pretty dang close! Worst show was probably at a show in Boston, I'm surprised they didn't boo us. My voice was gone, every one was playing terribly and the crowd was not into it at all. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
9. Have you ever had an unusual touring experience?
I don't think we have ever NOT had an unusual touring experience, then again, there probably is no such thing as a usual touring experience. Our first tour ever we were lied to by a booker who told us we were playing South By Southwest in Austin Texas but when we got there we found out it was all a lie and he just stole a bunch of money from us. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)
10. What advice would you give an up and coming band?
I have tons! But never release anything half-ass, don't oversaturate your hometown with a bunch of crappy shows, every great accomplishment came from huge set backs, rehearse until you can't get it wrong, and never stop believing in yourself. (Ryan Argast | Lead Vocals)