From their musical influences to their on-stage sound, New York-based band Marco With Love is rock & roll all the way. The foursome [Marco Argiro, Vocals/Guitar; Subodh Samudre, Bass; Blaine O’Brien, Pedal Steel Guitar; Peter Landi, Drums] has been on the music scene since 2013, and released debut EP Tidal Wave earlier this year, which lived up to its powerful name. This November their follow up EP, Promised Land, will offer fans even more of their “foot stompin’, ass shakin’” music. Here, lead singer Marco Argiro talks with The Angle about the band’s influences, music, and their upcoming album.
How did Marco With Love get started?
The band came together not long before I released a solo LP called Love back in 2013. We took our name from that, and have been evolving as a group ever since.
What are your musical backgrounds?
We all come from various musical backgrounds, but collectively we all grew up listening to a bit of punk rock, alternative, grunge, classic rock, and even a touch of country & western.
How would you describe your sound?
Foot-stompin’, ass-shakin’, hook laden, country fried rock n’ roll.
Who are some of your musical influences?
The Kinks, Revolver-era Beatles, Flying Burrito Brothers, Superdrag, and The Ramones.
What is your creative process like when working on new material?
I write most of my songs on an acoustic guitar, then demo them using my iPhone recorder app. I’ll listen to the demos in transit and flush out lyrical ideas using the notepad. My motto is go with the flow, make sure to always press record, and capture the moment before it’s gone. After that you can trim the fat, and never settle for mediocrity.
Your Tidal Wave EP includes a cover of “Waiting Around to Die” a song by Townes Van Zandt, one of my all time favorite songwriters. What drew you to that song, and how do you find the balance between honoring the original and making it distinctly your own?
I was immediately drawn to his song a few years back when a friend of mine told me to check out the film Heartworn Highways. When Townes appears on screen and begins to play “Waiting Around To Die” I was instantly mesmerized by the lyrics and overall tone of the song. Though we wanted to stay true to the original arrangement, we did are best to put our own spin on it by adding layers of lush harmonies, and incorporating the pedal steel guitar alongside the dreamy, psychedelic electric.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
These things change all the time depending on what we have cooking as a band. Currently it’s between “Big Black Dog” & “Promised Land (See You Dance),” though LOVE is always pretty satisfying.
What are some memorable experiences or moments in the band’s history thus far?
Getting to play to a packed room at Irving Plaza in NYC was pretty epic for us. We hadn’t even been together a year at that point and yet we had the opportunity to play such an iconic venue.
What is your dream venue to play?
For me, it’s a place back in my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale called Revolution, though when I was a kid it was called The Edge. If I had to pick one dream venue in New York, it’s definitely Madison Square Garden.
Favorite song lyric?
“I only wanted nothing more but to live and die with Rock N’ Roll. Play it fast, you can play it loud, hear those people, can you hear the crowd?” From “Will You Remember Poison Heart?”
We’d be thrilled to work with Tom Petty & Jeff Lyne on our next record. Everyone in the band is a huge fan of Traveling Wilburys, and that would most certainly be a milestone for us.
What projects are you working on right now?
We’re putting the finishing touches on the follow up EP to Tidal Wave, tentatively called Promised Land. We can’t wait to share the new music with everyone and do our part to help bring rock n’ roll back to the people. Stay tuned!