Album Review: Marina City, Terminal

By Tony O. Senior Editor of Uncivil Revolt Magazine

It has been sited that Marina City had set out to create something unique with their sound. Classifying the genre as Aggressive Pop-Rock, the key standout factor, making for Marina City, is that there are 3 lead vocalist styles. They do very well at blending a smooth R&B style, and a raw punk sound with energy and emotion of Pop-rock. Their new EP, Terminal, offers songs that have in them, some of each of these styles, and was time very well spent listening to. They have been named one of the “Top 10 Independent Bands You Need to Know” by MTV & Altmusic, the “Band You Need to See” by Alternative Press for both Warped Tour and Riot Fest 2016, and were declared The 2016 Band Of The Year by Chicago Nightlife Awards. There is no doubt whatsoever, that in listening to Terminal, you too will  find the guys of Marina City deserving of the before mentioned accolades, and more to come.

“Man in the Mirror,” The first offering off the EP, has a great cruising tune feel to it. A rock pop, alternative sense, with a splash here and there of spacey, electronic tones. Overall a song about that duality that exists in the notion of that ‘give and take’ ideal to any relationship in our lives. Pointing out that it is, all too often, the most vital aspect of making things stronger, and also at the same time possessing the power to bring about a destructive end of some sort. Sometimes it can be “hard to see” when someone is never happy, when they keep such emotions locked up tight in their heads. There is a frustration that comes with feeling that you have given all that could be given, but it wasn’t good enough.  This causes the manifestation of some new demons, in the minds of both involved. One longing to be able to freely express needs, and the other lost in a tailspin, wanting to be there in every way, but not knowing precisely how.  Causing a compounding of the one thing that should be feared, the man in the mirror, after those thoughts of second guessing oneself are ushered in.
The second Track, “Royalty”, breaks out of the gate with a strong feeling of being a serenade, to someone that is trying to be swept off their feet or seduced, Fallout Boy style. The song tantalizes the listener with an almost fairytale love story. Promises of building not only a castle, and living as a Royal would, but also that desire to elevate the object of desire to that level, whilst he is content to remain at her service. The music allows you to indeed feel the excitement, as his love is professed, and at the same time, longing desire, as if it were just as much needed as air.
The third track on Terminal, is “Better Weather.” In this song, there is no sense of what is normally expected in a sad, broken heart, break up song. There is nothing slow to paint of picture of a sobbing soul, rather a faster pace, to coincide with the feeling of a world spinning too fast. There is more of a feeling of that earnest wanting to move on, and gain closure, yet nature itself does not yield any sort of ease in the process. Proving this point with lyrics such as, “I need some better weather, cause all these clouds are looking like you.” There is a suggestion of becoming aware of the need to have the closure he so desires, all the while dismissing the signs, that closure is something she already has found.
Track number four, titled “Thieves” intros with a jazz beat and piano driven mood, with a splash of R&B once the lyrics commence. Delving into one of the aspects of humanity that can be unsavory, if left unchecked, that being obsession. Obsessions that can lead one to take possession of another’s heart, keeping it “locked up” with no intent of “letting go anytime soon.” The increasing presence of guitar coincides with the pursuit of the object of desire, that mark you could say. Obsession, and lust can leave the pursuer with a sense of frustration, this expressed in the words, “I can’t get close enough to you.” A catchy song that reminds the listener of the importance of balance, and perhaps the setting of reasonable goals.
“Dreamers Never die,” is the final song on Terminal, and as every song had a certain great quality of its own, this single really stands out above the rest. The cohesiveness that every person in the band brings to it, makes “Dreamers Never Die” a very worthy frontrunner for inclusion on a motion picture soundtrack. Yes, I believe it to be that good. A strong message of perseverance and empowerment rings true throughout, expressed in the fact, that even after they “take our guns” and “rip out our tongues,” “we march on….we march on.” Heed the warnings that, “We are coming” “cause the future is ours,” and even “they say we’re weak, give up easy…but we march on.” Carrying on with the call to adopt once again, some sense of solidarity, (something that seems an unpopular notion in today’s age), Marina City does so very well, when they belt out, “they say its treason and laugh at our reason, but we march on…we march on.” “Dreamers Never Die” is an anthem to be embraced, for its powerful message, and Marina City is a band that should be embraced as well, for the crafting of a quintet of songs that made an instant fan out of me, and no doubt will do the same for others.   8.5/ 10
1. Man in The Mirror
2. Royalty
3. Better Weather
4. Thieves
5. Dreamers Never Die
Band Website: www.marinacityband.com

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