Baran-Unland: Tell us a little about this latest CD.
Arghast: It took us almost two years to write. We wrote 60 songs and collaborated with some of our childhood heroes. We worked with John Feldmann (Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco, 5 Seconds Of Summer) Craig Owens (Chiodos/D.R.U.G.S) and Jordan DiSorbo (Before Their Eyes) on multiple songs. This was a challenging EP because we didn't know what direction we truly wanted to do. Some wanted us to go one way and others another. Ultimately we created a sound we haven't explored before and couldn't be happier. We took pop, rock, soul, R&B, electronic, indie, alternative influences and put them all together to create something that feels fresh and exciting to us. This is a new era and we aren't looking back.
Baran-Unland: The last time we talked, Marina City one of the local winners of Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, which led to playing the Vans Warped Tour in Tinley Park. What has Marina City been doing since then?
Arghast: We've spent a lot of time writing and recording but we have toured Warped Tour, played Riot Fest, did a full national tour, released a new record, and sold out our headlining show at The Wire. It's been a wild year but we've grown so much from it.
Baran-Unland: What is the target audience for your music?
Arghast: We've been lucky that our music has impacted people of all demographics but kids in high school and college seem to really relate to us.
(Above, Marina City as seen in 2015: Todor Birindjiev, Aaron Heiy, Eric Sommers-Urrea, Brian Johnson, Ryan Argast and Matt Gaudiano).