Marwood

Marwood

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockAcoustic

Marwood combines catchy hooks with guitar-driven rock. Performing at venues including NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and the Mercury Lounge, Marwood has shared the bill with Antigone Rising and Rooney. Their music has been featured on NYC's Q104.3 (Clear Channel), where Marwood was chosen as a top area band.

Biography

"With Benji Rogers' stirring and soulful voice and driving guitar hooks, which the Black Crowes would be proud of, Marwood draw you into a world of lush harmonies and compelling rhythms. I defy you not to be singing along at the top of your voice by the second hearing!!" (Jeff Collins, The BBC)

“Marwood rocks, definitively.” (Jonathan Clarke, DJ, Q104.3 FM NYC – Clear Channel)

Marwood is the voice and songs of singer/songwriter Benji Rogers. Whether backed by his full band at venues like The Bowery Ballroom or in the more intimate and obscure acoustic settings that he has been known to frequent, it is at live shows that Rogers' voice, personality and music truly shines. Jay Lustig, pop music critic for the Star-Ledger of New Jersey writes: “Rogers does it all: his songwriting is evocative, his singing conveys warmth and dignity, and his guitar playing packs a punch.”

Marwood’s music blends the pop/catchy melodies reminiscent of Squeeze, with a guitar-driven edge similar to the Black Crowes. Whether it is the radio-friendly “Soulless,” the rocker “Can’t Say,” or the mournful flavor of “Fallin’,” Marwood’s music is full of passion and emotion. With catchy hooks and guitar-driven rock Marwood's sound captivates fans and critics alike, with New York Newsday deeming their sound "stunning alternative pop." The Boston Globe further hails the music, calling it "a guitar lovers' rock of the infectious rhythm kind." Marwood has also been featured in publications including The Washington Post, The Village Voice and amNew York.

With origins tracing back to London but currently based in New York City's Lower East Side, Marwood has shared the bill with the likes of Antigone Rising, Gavin DeGraw, and Rooney, and performed at hundreds of venues across the US and Europe. A diverse band which defies audience pigeonholing, Marwood is as equally thrilled to be invited to perform at the esteemed Hammerstein Ballroom for the iGames Expo 2005 as they are to play in front of eager hipster crowds at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, The Mercury Lounge or The Knitting Factory.

Marwood's latest self-titled CD (2005) is already making waves on the radio, with spins on over 30 commercial stations, including XM Satellite radio and NJ's G-Rock Radio, as well as college stations across the country. Their music has also been heard on NYC's Q104.3 (Clear Channel), where Marwood was selected as one of the top local bands. Blender.com recently featured the video for the album's single "Monday Over Friday" as the video of the day.

2006 is promising to be a big year for Marwood. With a new full length album underway and shows being lined up all over the country, watch out for this guy and make sure you buy him a drink!

Lyrics

Souless

Written By: Benji Rogers (Marwood)

You try to find, a tender moment.
You try to make the good times last.
An acquired taste, for impermanence,
Can't even look back to the past.

To way back when, everything was all right.
To way back when, this felt just like love.

Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, and you don't know why.
Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, when you have to lie.

You try to find, that old smile for a stranger,
you try to laugh, but you don't feel it inside.
An acquired taste for what you thought you always wanted,
but you see through it.

To way back when, everything was all right.
To way back when, this felt just like love.

Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, and you don't know why.
Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, when you have to lie.

You try to find, a tender moment,
try to tell yourself it'll be love someday.
An acquired taste for loveless comfort,
but you see through it.

To way back when,
To way back when, this felt just like love.

Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, and you don't know why.
Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, when you have to lie.
Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, and you don't know why.
Don't it leave you feeling, a little bit souless
A little bit hopeless, when you have to lie.

Name To Me No More

Written By: Benji Rogers (Marwood)

Started out looking for something
That I could never have
Started out believing a lie that I'm trying to forget
But the habits don't die easy.

I call her my lady she breaks my hear a thousand different ways
She don't care she don't care
I call her my lady cause she don't have a name to me no more
She don't care she don't care

Figured out that I'm not alone
But it's hard won to believe it
When you feel so lonely
And your tired out
All you want for is a home in the end
But you started out from home

I call her my lady she breaks my hear a thousand different ways
She don't care she don't care
I call her my lady cause she don't have a name to me no more
She don't care she don't care

There's so much I don't understand anymore
When life keeps slipping through my hands
Feels empty to the core
And there's so much I wanna do
Settle for less but I could do more

Wrote it down
Screamed at the pages that made me a slave to your heart
What's in a song for no one
When you started out
With a young mans face and an old mans heart in pieces
But thats just not me anymore.

I call her my lady she breaks my hear a thousand different ways
She don't care she don't care
I call her my lady cause she don't have a name to me no more
She don't care she don't care

One Mile Down the Road

Written By: Benji Rogers (Marwood)

"One Mile Down The Road"

How is it that I find myself
Stumbling drunk on a Monday
How is it that I ask myself
Where are you going anyway
How is it that I bring myself
To face the hardest choices
How is it that I feel so small
When I don’t know where my voice is

I’m still one mile down the road
From where I wanna be
And it’s such a long way home
I’m still one mile down the road
From where I wanna be
Don’t know if I can make it
On my own

How is it that I find myself
On a dusty road in Palestine
What is it that I’m looking for
At the bottom of this bottle
How is it that I’m older now
And life is such a mystery
How is it that I’m smiling now
When all I see is this mysery

I’m still one mile down the road
From where I wanna be
And it’s such a long way home
I’m still one mile down the road
From where I wanna be
Don’t know if I can make it
On my own
Give me a reason,
Give me a reason for this anger
Give me a reason,
Give me a reason for this helplessness
Give me a reason,
Give me a reason for this hopelessness

I’m still one mile down the road
From where I wanna be
And it’s such a long way home
I’m still one mile down the road
From where I wanna be
Don’t know if I can make it
On my own

I’m still one mile I’m still one mile down the road
I’m still one mile I’m still one mile down the road
Don’t know if I can make it
On my own

Discography

One Mile Down the Road - 2006
Self-Titled EP - 2005
Radio Personalities - 2003
Regular Fips - 2002

Set List

Set list is constructed around the vibe of the audience and if solo or with accompaniment. Length is based on the needs of the venue.

SAMPLE SET LIST:

1. Name To Me No More
2. Monday Over Friday
3. Get Lucky
4. Nothing Good To Show For It But You
5. New One Fast
6. So Calm
7. Picture A Day
8. Maybe
9. Bartenders
10. Soulless
11. Always
10. One Mile Down The Road