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Marina City dove headfirst into the alternative pop scene in 2019. Within one year, they sold out their headliners and shared the stage with Judah and The Lion, Lovelytheband, Coin, and Joywave. The band has had the pleasure of partnering with major Chicago sports teams (Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears) and performed live on WGN News. Their continued success landed them both radio play and licensing spots on MTV which gained worldwide press.

Two weeks after Marina City’s career-defining EP, The Crush was released, the worldwide quarantine canceled the band’s most ambitious plans yet. Instead, Marina City had to go back to its roots and do what they do best; connect with its fans.

Wasting no time at all the band embarked on the “Road Show”, a concert experience performed right outside of fans' homes. For Valentine's day, fans were able to collaborate with the band in creating custom songs. The quartet also started The Crush Podcast which invites fans into the members' homes to learn more about them personally.

For 2022, the quartet is diving deeper into fan experiences by launching their Kickstarter-backed Alternative Reality Game and record, The Simulation. The game will be an interactive and immersive world designed to create collaboration amongst fans and build lasting relationships. The EP will explore themes of societal distrust, mental health, and redemption.


Marina City is slated to release its new record in late 2022 with accompanying singles released throughout the year. The Simulation showcases the best in Marina City's signature sound with emotional vocal delivery, infectious grooves, piercing guitar solos, and their most painfully relatable lyrics yet.

about the simulation (ep)

The Simulation is an album and accompanying Alternate Reality Game (ARG). The album explores themes of societal distrust, mental health, and redemption. By participating in the accompanying ARG fans/ players will experience the emotional themes presented in each song firsthand. We hope that the album and the accompanying ARG will be a great way to bring fans closer to Marina City, expose new people to our music, and most importantly be an exciting experience.