Marco With Love embodies the diversity, DIY work ethic, and true essence of rock ‘n’ roll. In addition to leader and namesake Marco Argiro, Marco With Love’s agile lineup includes drummer Peter Landi (The Glazzies), bassist Subodh Samudre (Golden Bones, Peru, Planar), and pedal steel player Blaine O’Brien (Brothers NYC). Fast, rough around the edges, and slightly twangy, the band has commanded enough of a fanbase to open recently for artists including Courtney Barnett, Lindi Ortega, and Devo. Produced by Argiro and Anthony “Rocky” Gallo (Yeasayer, Matt and Kim, Cat Power, the XX), Smothered & Covered features six blazing originals along with four fresh covers culled from rock’s golden era.
The band’s original compositions highlight its ability to add creativity and a modern feel to a classic sound, as songs like “Big Black Dog,” “Tidal Wave,” and “Love” shimmer and shake with spirited vocal harmonies and rhythmic, jangling grooves. After these, the album’s second half pays tribute to the band’s influences with covers of originals by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Townes Van Zandt, The Dave Clark Five, and The Doors.
“The boys of Marco play pure, unadulterated, rock that has drawn lofty comparisons to Tom Petty, The Kinks, and The Ramones.” -Ear to the Ground
RIYL: The Kinks, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Deer Tick, Nick Lowe, The Ramones, Billy Bragg, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, The Stranglers
Recommended Tracks: Track 1, “Promised Land,” Track 9, “Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Track 2, “Tidal Wave,” Track 4, “Love,” Track 3, “Big Black Dog,” Track 7, “The Crystal Ship”
FCC Warning: Track #5, “Leave It Behind (Brooklynville)”
Label: Outright Rock
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Listen to Track 1, “Promised Land,” below:
Listen to Track 9, “Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll,” below: