Brooklyn indie-rock foursome Marco With Love dropped their latest album Love in September of last year. Since then, the band released a new video for their song Will You Remember Poison Heart — a video which carries early-rock vibes and iconic shots of New York City landmarks. To find out what else has been keeping the group busy, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with Marco With Love to discuss shooting their new video, working on new material, bands from Brooklyn, dream recording sessions, and poutine.
AMBY: Hey Marco, welcome to AMBY! Please introduce yourselves to our readers.
MA: Hello AMBY! My name is Marco Argiro and I sing and play the guitar for MWL.
SS: Hi I’m Subodh Samudre and I play bass guitar and sing for MWL.
PL: Hey, my name is Peter and I play the Drums.
BO: They call me Blaine, I play that thing that you may mistakenly call a slide or a lap steel. Don’t worry, I’ll grin and bear it. ( ahem…. Pedal Steel )
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
MA: Subodh “Ethnic” Blaine “Outlaw” Peter “Loud” Myself “Lanky”
SS: Marco – ‘Daddy Longlegs’ [You should see some of his crazy dance moves] Blaine – ‘Honky Tonk’ [He’s a country music buff], and Peter – ‘Dave Collins’ [He’s got moves like Dave Grohl and Phil Collins].
PL: Blaine “Biker” Subodh “Tommy” Marco “Retro” Myself “Quiet”
BO: Subodh “Creative” Marco “Genuine” Peter “Punctual”
AMBY: What was the best part of shooting your new video Will You Remember Poison Heart?
MA: The best part of shooting our latest video was working with Director Andrew Strasser and all the unique New Yorkers we encountered along the way. In terms of location my favorite scene was being out at Coney Island when the park was closed. The area was pretty desolate except for these two little kids that were mesmerized by my guitar and Andrew’s video camera. They kept asking if I was a Hollywood movie star, and they had all these questions for us. It was pretty cute how they continued playing on the beach (mostly in frame) even though we asked them to run along. The little Indian boy actually made it in one of the wide shot scenes from the vid. Now we tell people he is meant to be our bass player Subodh when he was a little kid.
AMBY: That song is taken from your latest album, Love, which was released in September of last year. Which songs off the album are your favourite?
MA: My favorite songs of the album are “In The Shade” “Leave It Behind” & “Two Ships Passing In The Night”
SS: “Why do we fight” and “Two Ships”
PL: I really like “Two Ships Passing in The Night”, that one is really fun to play live. Blaine has this shaker that he plays in the verses of the song and putting that together with my drum part, it makes the song have this awesome groove. I also like “So Long, Farewell” and “Darker Days To Come”.
BO: “In The Shade”, “Poison Heart”
AMBY: What’s next as far as recording goes?
MA: We have currently been working on new material between our live shows that we’re planning to record in spring/ early summer. However we are actually headed into Virtue and Vice Studios this week to record a live session featuring cuts from our ‘Love” LP.
AMBY: Which other artists from Brooklyn should we keep our eyes on?
MA: Johnnie Lee Jordan & The Boys
SS: ‘Leisure Cruise’ and ‘Canon Logic’
BO: Brothers NYC, Seasick Mama
AMBY: Some of your influences have been noted as Tom Petty, The Kinks, Elliot Smith, and The Traveling Wilburys. However, if you could record an album with any three artists, who would you choose?
MA: Tom Petty, Jeff Lyne, and Sir Paul McCartney. I mean, I would be ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with anyone of them.
SS: We all share an affinity for Tom Petty, in addition it would be surreal to work with Dave Grohl, and Steve Albini.
PL: Dave Grohl, J Mascis and Tom Petty. I have so much respect for each of those guys, it would an amazing experience.
BO: Is this an alive or dead situation? Alive : Steve Earle, Hank Williams Jr, Hayes Carll Dead: George Jones, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings
AMBY: What did you listen to growing up, and what have you been listening to lately?
MA: Growing up in South Florida I listened to a local oldies station called Magic 102.7 that played classic 50’s and 60’s tunes. As my musical palette continued to evolve I became quite fond of punk and alternative music. To name a few that have stuck with me up until this day. Superdrag, The first two Weezer records, and of course The Ramones. Lately, I have been diggin’ St. Vincent, Father John Misty, and also revisiting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
SS: I had quite a bohemian childhood – my family moved around a lot internationally so my parents would buy whatever music they could get their hands on to keep me occupied. I ended up with a random selection of The Beatles, The Police and Carpenters tapes which I listened to on repeat. As I started playing music seriously I got into the Dischord, Merge and SubPop scenes which still remain big influences.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?
MA: We’re all pretty jazzed about heading to Austin to perform at this year’s SXSW festival. It’s been a pretty brutal winter for us New Yorkers so a bit of sunshine and BBQ is much needed.
SS: Playing more gigs outside of NYC. We had such a blast playing Toronto Indie week last fall. Its great getting out there and making new fans and friends.
PL: I’m looking forward to just play more shows. Hopefully get to play some places in New York that have been on my wish-list for a long time, Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Terminal 5. I agree with Marco though, SXSW is going to be a lot of fun and a much needed break from this New York weather.
BO: SXSW and riding weather
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Marco With Love that nobody knows yet?
MA: The guys and I plan on being the first Rock ‘n Roll band to play on another planet.
SS: MWL is a true representation of NYC’s diversity and dynamic music scene. Four dudes who couldn’t be more different but yet gel and have great chemistry.
PL: Nobody knows that we ate Poutine for a week straight on our Canadian tour.
BO: Marco does a pretty amazing impersonation of an ostrich doing a mating dance.
Thank you Marco With Love, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout