SAM MARINE TO RELEASE BIG DARK CITY November 17, 2017 Rock And Roll With Just The Right Amount Of Country And Folk
From New York City by the way of Gainesville, Florida, and now fairly new to Los Angeles, Sam Marine has already made himself an integral part of the LA roots-rock music scene. Playing alongside up and comers Rod Melancon, Jaime Wyatt and Sam Morrow, it makes sense that he tapped former Dwight Yoakam sideman and producer of Melancon’s Southern Gothic, Brian Whelan, to produce his new EP, Big Dark City.
Big Dark City is Marine’s 3rd CD. His first two, Lacktown and New Home were both mixed by heavyweight producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Drive By Truckers) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty). His raspy, urgent vocals often earn him favorable comparisons to Springsteen, Tom Petty and Paul Westerberg. A Thousand Guitars music blog has described his songwriting imagery as “…recalling a dust-choked, windblown existence that somehow still manages to look up from the gutter.”
With Marine on lead vocals, and guitar, Whelan not only produced, but added his own guitar and played organ. He also brought in Dwight Yoakam drummer, Mitch Marine and completed the rhythm section with Aaron Stern on bass. The result is a tight collection of catchy guitar-driven Americana songs with an edge that some would deem ‘Heartland Rock’.
Marine’s brother, Chris is also a musician who plays drums with the band Phosphorescent. The two brothers were in a band together in Florida (Apollo Quartet) before Marine decided to try his luck in New York. He credits their choice of music careers to their parents. “My parents and all of their friends were very young and always had the television turned to MTV or VH1,” he remembers. “They always had loud music playing, they always danced, they always seemed to be rockin’ and having a good time. I saw what music did to people and had a feeling that if I played music I could make them behave that way too.”