Thursday, August 12, 2010

OM(usic)FG - The Dreaded Marco

picture from band's facebook page

With the upcoming release of their EP “Metrognome,” The Dreaded Marco is ready to take Atlanta by storm! You might not recognize the band name, but they’re definitely no stranger to Atlanta’s music scene. Seven years ago Charlie Sheets and Dixie Duncan were part of Echovalve (Charlie as lead singer, Dixie on bass), but even after leaving that venture they’ve kept in touch and remained active in music with solo music and playing regular gigs.

Years later, the two brainstormed the idea to start a new band, and 5 weeks later they’re in the recording studio creating something different from anything they’ve ever done. Since it was so spur of the moment, they had to bring their ideas to the table to write songs quickly and ended up with a great, unique sound without over-thinking any of their choices. It’s just what came to mind, what sounded right. They don’t put The Dreaded Marco in any specific genre, so they’re able to appeal to a wide range of listeners. Some of their influences include: Nine Inch Nails, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, and Coheed and Cambria.

They created “Marco” as a character, and made up a back story to go along with him to help write the lyrics. With each different feel of a song, they would try to think of what “Marco” would have to say about it. Front man Charlie Sheets describes the song “Frank N Stein” as being a “sympathy piece for Frank N Stein’s monster.” He says “I mean imagine your mind waking up in some hodge podge monster body after you’d died…everyone you know and love is appalled by you because you’re an atrocity…. Hell, I’d burn the f**kin city down, too!"

Having a lot of freedom on this EP helped them realize just what they liked about music, playing for fun, but also being original. You can hear their personalities coming through on all the tracks, and they’ve all definitely got a great danceable beat. With catchy lyrics and beats in each song, The Dreaded Marco keeps you craving the next song. Charlie says that the “swing” in his writing is what’s most important. He wants to create danceable music with a great beat so you’re moving along to all the songs, even the heavier music.

The first track “Strikes Again” off the EP is available now on YouTube, and the rest of the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EP will be available 8.25.10 on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon.com and Napster. **They’re playing at Lenny’s on Friday, September 24th.** Get your rock fists ready!



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~Mo.

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