Marco With Love Show Review

Marco With Love Show Review

By Harriet Kaplan

Band names can be deceiving and throw you off. New York City-based Marco With Love is a great example. MWL is not a boy band though they have five male members in the group. Talk about tongue firmly planted cheek! They definitely have a sense of humor and play against type. The grown and yes sexy unit (in particular singer/songwriter and guitarist Marco Argiro) actually plays rough and tumble rock with an alternative edge. They describe their sound along the lines of old- school Laurel Canyon reverb-soaked vibe – somewhat in the vein of Tom Petty. MWL dig late 60s and 70s rock ala Revolver-era Beatles, The Kinks and The Traveling Wilburys. Playing to their strengths at a stirring gig at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood, CA, MWL quickly let know you they excel as a live performing act. The band is very passionate, easily created an emotional immediacy with the audience and has an aggressive drive that got the crowd moving, bopping around and shaking their heads in unison to the catchy and propulsive rhythms. Singer/songwriter Marco Argiro is the lanky heartthrob fronting the unit. Comparisons to the suave and seductive Chris Issak and the legendary and pioneering rocker Buddy Holly wouldn’t be out of place. Striking several guitar poses and animatedly jumping into the crowd to rock out, Argiro proved to be an engaging and personable frontman that puts the “show” back into “showmanship.” Supported by the rest of band, including Blaine O’Brien on pedal steel and backing vocals, Sudobh Samudre on bass and backing vocals and Peter Landi on drums and backing vocals, held the musical foundation and backdrop down. MWL performed seven songs off their two EPs “Tidal Wave” and “Promised Land” including “Two Ships Passing In The Night,” “Leave It Behind (Brookylnville),” “Tidal Wave,” “Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Big Black Dog,” “Promised Land” (See You Dance and “Love.” MWL also recently performed Hotel Cafe in Hollywood to celebrate the release of “Promised Land” to vinyl. Marco With Love are talented energetic and exciting band to watch live, and because of these characteristics, their show at Harvard & Stone wouldn’t soon be forgotten.

Photo by Curtis Wayne Millard

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