Frontman and songwriter, Ryan Argast, joined by Eric Somers-Urrea on drums, Matthew Gaudiano on keys, and guitarist Todor Birindjiev, make up the electric Alternative Rock band that is MARINA CITY. With dark brooding production, genre-bending prowess, and powerful vocal delivery, MARINA CITY is a refreshing indie rock band that reflects a melting pot of influences. The group’s unique sound was properly cited by Atwood Magazine as, “Evoking the best of Prince, Michael Jackson, and The 1975 without sounding like anyone but themselves.”
Since breaking into the alt-pop scene in 2019, the actively touring ensemble found themselves selling out headlining shows and sharing the stage with Judah and The Lion, Lovelytheband, Coin, and Joywave, all while recording and gearing up to release their career-defining EP, The Crush (2020). MARINA CITY has had the pleasure of partnering with major Chicago sports teams like the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Bears, as well as performing live on WGN News. The band’s continued success has also landed them national radio play, licensing spots on MTV, and praise from renowned media outlets such as Alternative Press, which said of the group, “This theatrical [band] has the artistry and determination to give Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco) a run for his money.”
When the worldwide quarantine put the band’s most ambitious plans yet on hold, MARINA CITY dove headfirst into the deep end of authentically connecting with their fans. In early 2022, after a successful fan-funded Kickstarter campaign, the quartet embarked on the journey of recording and creating their latest record and Alternate Reality Game (ARG), The Simulation. Slated to release in October 2022, The Simulation explores themes of societal distrust, mental health, and redemption. By participating in the ARG, fans/players will experience the emotional themes presented in each song firsthand. “We hope the album and the 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,” says Argast.
Accompanying singles and visual content will be released throughout the year leading up to the release of The Simulation. To connect with MARINA CITY and to join The Simulation visit www.marinacityband.com and follow @marinacityband on social media.