Adam Marsland

Adam Marsland

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DIY indie pop singer/songwriter plays both solo and with an incredibly versatile world-class band. Most recent CD compared to '70s Elton John, made #22 on amazon, 120 CMJ adds. Played w/members of Beach Boys, Stew (2008 Tony winner), others. Toured U.S. 25 times. Can do nearly any type of gig.

Biography

Recently described in SPIN magazine as "a high-energy cross between Brian Wilson, Paul Stanley, and Elton John," Adam Marsland's restless muse has touched on rock, punk, baroque pop, soul and roots through the course of nine albums and 25 tours. When his label collapsed, he went totally underground, touring for 2 1/2 years and selling thousands of albums out of the back of a 1994 Toyota Tercel. Gradually, Marsland's honest, complex but catchy songs attracted a new audience, culminating when the 2008 compilation DAYLIGHT KISSING NIGHT: ADAM MARSLAND'S GREATEST HITS peaked at No. 17 on amazon's rock chart, a feat duplicated by his followup, the double album GO WEST, released in August 2009.

This writer of songs "almost too literate and catchy for mass consumption" (All Music Guide) founded the L.A. based high-octane pop-punk band Cockeyed Ghost, signing to Rykodisc-distributed indie Big Deal in 1996. Two albums followed as did appearances with Fastball, Third Eye Blind and Shonen Knife, on the cover of the L.A. Weekly and in an NBC-TV movie. A change in membership and a move toward a broader pop canvas resulted in 1999's THE SCAPEGOAT FACTORY, which The New York Press named album of the year. It also coincided with Big Deal going bankrupt, killing momentum for the band.

The band pressed on with its last and finest album, LUDLOW 6:18. At first ignored and poorly distributed, LUDLOW 6:18 CD eventually garnered a small, but devoted following, partly due to Adam's relentless solo touring (documented on his 2002 live album 232 DAYS ON THE ROAD). He also contributed keyboards and vocals for 2008 Tony Award winner Stew and The Negro Problem on tours with Counting Crows and John Mayer and on the highly acclaimed albums Joys and Concerns and The Naked Dutch Painter.

Returning to Los Angeles, Adam formed an alliance with soul chanteuse Evie Sands (a much-covered songwriter and the original voice of "Angel of the Morning," along with three Billboard-charting singles of her own). Along with Cockeyed Ghost alumni Kurt Medlin and Severo and keyboardist John Perry, they cut Adam's solo studio debut YOU DON'T KNOW ME, which was released in 2004 and was the first of Adam's records to garner substantial commercial radio play. Adam Marsland's Chaos Band -- with Dragster Barbie bassist Teresa Cowles replacing Severo, who left to join The Smithereens -- began to stun audiences with its versatility, playing as many as 60 songs (originals and covers ranging from the O'Jays to the Dead Kennedys) in one night. They then mounted an ambitious tribute to Beach Boys Carl and Dennis Wilson with archivist/Grammy nominee Alan Boyd. This drew the attention of Beach Boy Al Jardine, who appeared with the band at a few shows that year.

Grammy-award winning engineer Mark Linett (Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE) recorded the band's June 24, 2006 performance for the LONG PROMISED ROAD: SONGS OF DENNIS AND CARL WILSON - LIVE album, which was released over the internet in December and hit record stores March 13, 2007. The album, which showcased the band's harmonic and instrumental versatility and was released with few studio overdubs, was a steady seller throughout the year and even made the short list for a Grammy nomination.

During the last half of 2007 Adam became more active as a session player and sideman (which besides the aforementioned Negro Problem and Wondermints have included Davie Allen, Jeff Merchant, Kjehl Johansen [Urinals], Martin Luther Lennon, Kaz Murphy, Spooky Pie and, posthumously, Badfinger vocalist Pete Ham) including producing the debut CD by soul singer Norman Kelsey and arranging vocals for L.A. alt-country songwriter Anny Celsi's second album.

Most recently, he played guitar and keyboards side by side in studio and onstage with Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Hal Blaine and Don Randi and legendary guitarist Jerry Cole in recording sessions. He was music director for the October 2008 Carl Wilson Foundation concert, arranging and leading the backing band for Beach Boys Al Jardine, David Marks, and Carnie and Wendy Wilson. His music began to be used more frequently in TV and film.

In 2008 Adam completed his return to full-time music-making with a 20 track album called "Daylight Kissing Night - Adam Marsland's Greatest Hits," released on March 18, 2008. The CD immediately sold out across the U.S., followed by a traditional media campaign and a 40-date national tour in the summer. Upon returning home from tour he immediately started intense recording sessions for his first new original album in five years, GO WEST. With two discs and a whopping 23 tracks, GO WEST was released on August 18, 2009, and at last count was in rotation on 120 college radio stations nationwide. During the tour for GO WEST, Adam and his touring band recorded yet another album, HELLO CLEVELAND, in one nine hour session during a day off. The more rock-oriented album is scheduled for a selective release in January 2010 as promotion for GO

Discography

with Cockeyed Ghost:
KEEP YOURSELF AMUSED (1996)
NEVEREST (1997)
THE SCAPEGOAT FACTORY (1999)
LUDLOW 6:18 (2001)

solo:
232 DAYS ON THE ROAD (2002)
YOU DON'T KNOW ME (2004)
LONG PROMISED ROAD (2007)
DAYLIGHT KISSING NIGHT (2008) (#36 on amazon; #17 rock)
GO WEST (2009) (double album; #22 on amazon; #17 rock; 120 college radio adds to date)
HELLO CLEVELAND (2010)

Set List

There is no typical set list for an Adam Marsland show. Over the course of 25 tours and 500 shows, Adam has performed every kind of venue from the 40-capacity Kirby's Beer Store in Wichita, Kansas to the 25,000 seat Tweeter Center near Providence, RI. Solo, Adam can perform a delicate acoustic set or raucous rock. With the Chaos Band, there is a working repertoire of 50 original songs and over 150 covers...one of the most versatile and stylistically diverse bands you will ever see on a small stage, and has backed major acts such as their performance as house band at Carl Wilson Foundation fundraiser in Oct. 2008. A random sample of the diverse cover songs the band has pulled off onstage include:
"Have You Seen Her" (Chi-Lites)
"Good Vibrations"
(Beach Boys)
"Free Man In Paris"
(Joni Mitchell)
"Rockaway Beach"
(The Ramones)
"A Million Miles Away"
(The Plimsouls)
"Joe's Garage"
(Frank Zappa)
"El Paso"
(Marty Robbins)
"The Blues Are Still Blue"
(Belle and Sebastian)