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Marqui Adora
Article Published Aug 24, 2006

If you're a follower of the local hipster club scene, you've probably heard of Marqui Adora. But you've probably rarely, if ever, actually seen the group play. Since last year, the moody three-piece has only infrequently emerged from the shadows that inform its dark, postpunk sound. Tonight's show, though, might make good on the promise of a real return, what with the band's June release of its debut full-length, White Buildings. Not to say that the band's members have been absent from the South Florida music world. Frontman and guitarist Danny Ashe is a tireless DJ and promoter at events catering to more discerning ears. He's known equally around town for his signature vintage scarves and aviator shades as for his sets that eschew the played-out indie Top 40 hits in favor of sets linking the oft-forgotten past avant-garde with the new. (And former ravers might remember drummer and programmer Joe Shockley for his residency at the legendary Nineties drum 'n' bass night Beatcamp). The bandmates' encyclopedic musical knowledge means that Marqui Adora escapes simply rehashing their influences. The tracks on White Buildings recall darker Eighties groups such as Joy Division and Bauhaus but veer away from goth murk with their angular, danceable rhythms. Meanwhile the subtle electronic influence, courtesy of Shockley, plants it all firmly in this decade. Let's hope it won't take another one for Marqui Adora to properly get going.
- Miami New Times


-"I Walk For Miles" Free Download Single - August 2007

-Don't Panic EP - July 2007

-"Do Anything" Free Download Single - January 2007

-"Empty" featured on Day 5 of the Nissan Sentra 2007 TV commercials.

-White Buildings EP - June 2006

-"Empty" on Poplife 6 year Anniversary Compilation - May 2005



“If U2 and The Cure were to get together with Duran Duran and Daft Punk after seeing a Pink Floyd show, they would write songs like these.” -Ray Milian, Off The Radar

The Short Version:

Made up of 4 guys out of Miami, FL, USA, Marqui Adora is a Rock band with a soft spot for keyboards and 808 kick drums along with a love of layered sounds and a good hook! Although they're from Miami, none of them have tans and only one speaks Spanish. They all use Apple computers and rarely shave. When they're not busy writing, recording, producing, mixing, mastering, making podcasts & video clips, Djing, blogging, self promoting or sleeping, they enjoy a nice pint at the pub while listening to Dark Side of The Moon and talking about The Decline of Western Civilization...Part II: The Metal Years.

The Long Version:

Just as Joe Shockley and John Tooker had almost given up on finding a singer who could create the sound they wanted, they heard it through the walls at a rehearsal studio in August of 2004. After a quick hello during a break Joe learned that the voice they heard in the next studio was Danny Ashe and that his band was called Marqui Adora.

At the time Joe said to John, “We’ve got to steal that guy!” Things worked themselves out without any larceny when Joe noticed Marqui Adora was looking for a drummer a few weeks later. Joe called Danny and proposed that they could combine both of the bands and see if it worked. When that first meeting resulted in three new songs they knew that this was the right mix. Things worked so well that the new Marqui Adora played a show in less then two months to a very shocked audience. Members came and went during the next two years but the core of the group stayed Danny, Joe, and John.

After nearly two years of false starts the first record White Buildings was finished in June of 2006. It was a challenging mixture of rock and dance music with layers of sound making for an easy repeat listen. A short time later the band was contacted about using one of the songs from the record, Empty, in a 2007 Nissan Sentra campaign.

At the end of 2006 the band also found itself with an offer they couldn’t refuse. When local rock group Fashionista fell apart their guitarist Howard Melnick found himself without a band and offered his services.

In July, 2007 the new 4 piece Marqui Adora re-issued White Buildings on CD and digitally released the Don’t Panic EP through With everything now in it’s right place the band plans to release another digital single in September for the songs “I Suppose” and “Everyone Around Me”. And life was good...

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