Mary's  Iguana

Mary's Iguana

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Founded in 2003, Mary's Iguana has rebirthed Rock music. The band blends elements from Sixties & Seventies pop/rock with Mid-Nineties grunge, to create a style that brings things back to the basics: Catchy Vocals, Driving Guitars, Solid Drums, and melodic Bass Grooves!!

Biography

It's a good thing these musicians smoke, or they'd never have found each other. This was the case in formation of the 4-piece rock band Mary's Iguana. Guitarist Nick Cheri, the last member to join the fold, needed a pack of smokes and walked into The Southside Tobacco Store in Myrtle Beach. Behind the counter was store manager Matthew Sellers (formerly of Walona) and he saw something in Cheri. Musicians have a way of spotting each other, a kind of "play-dar."
" Do you play music, dude?" he asked while ringing up the purchase. "Well, kinda, sorta," Cheri answered and before long he was on the studio playing guitar, recording and rehearsing with drummer Sellers, lead vocalist Lopaka Perez (formerly Brownhouse,) and bassist Liz Blackstone. Thus came the final contraction in the nicotine-stained birth pangs of Mary's Iguana.
"We had to mesh personally first, and musically second," said Sellers. "It's way more important that we get each other... then comes the music." Actually, Perez and Sellers met first. After jamming and messing around with riffs, they soon decided they needed a band building on Sellers' stint in popular regional act Walona and Perez's time with Myrtle Beach rap outfit Brownhouse.
Perez has enjoyed past tastes of sucess as a rapper opening for Vanilla Ice and Grandmaster Flash while still in high school when they played at the Headroom (now closed) in Myrtle Beach. Cheri, with The Buzz Effect created drum and bass loops within the Washington D.C. electronic music scene as his first foray into live performance, before devoting himself to the guitar. Cheri recalls a time when he used to frequent the now defunct Freaky Tiki, not for the foam parties, or under-aged drunk chicks but to watch Travis Newman (of Eason) play the guitar. "Man, he was unbelievable... I was like..., I should have never put the guitar down." Re-inspired to play after a summer of watching Newman shred, Cheri worked hard on his skills and recalls a moment when he finally felt confident. "I was messing around with Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" and I looked down and realized I was playing it! It's like... holy shit! I'm really doin' it! I've wanted to play that song since I was a kid."
Sellers invited high school friend Blackstone to join the band and she parlayed a long musical career, beginning when she was 4, into a spot in Mary's Iguana, as a somewhat rare, female bassist and backgroun vocalist. "I love playing in this band and playing in front of an audience," said Blackstone. "The guys are great - in fact, in this band I'm just one of the guys."
Even with their respectable resumes and new-found confidence, this is a band still in its musical youth; a new wine. The group's marketing efforts, however, show a maturity and business savvy most bands would envy. The Mary's Iguana web-site (www.marysiguana.com) is really well put together; it's easy to navigate and makes a fantastic marketing tool. With free music downloads, the curious may get a taste for the band's style as evidenced in the 7-song EP Chainletter. The free EP is available only on the web-site and since October of 2006 has been circulating as part of a international chain letter email- very smart. The songs are catchy, the live 8-track recording and production are raw (but real), the guitar parts are crunchy, well-played but predictable, the sometimes pitchy vocals are occasionally inspired, reminiscent or early punkers such as the Ramones and the drums and bass groove together well. You come away from listening to the EP thinking "this is a fun garage band but I bet the recordings don't do them justice." Cheri agrees. "You know, the EP is cool, our full length CD has better sound quality and rocks (Close Cover Before Striking), our new Cd will rock... but when we play live it's a whole new energy- you only feel it when we're live."

Lyrics

Sixty Degrees

Written By: Mary's Iguana

Can we get back to the day
when we said that it'll be ok
- by the way
Got a letter in the mail today
it was messed up but itll be ok
by the way

If we try to
-We could just find a way
Find our own damn way

Cause were bound to no matter what people say
Find our own danm way

Got a letter from the man today
And they said that its gonna be ok
-By the way
Got a letter from the mail today
when its all done itll be ok
-From the day

If we try to
-We could just find a way
Find our own damn way

Cause were bound to no matter what people say
Find our own danm way

Unified Theory

Written By: Mary's Iguana

(Verse 1)
One day after rocking all night
On a day that I had to roll
I was tired of saying its all right
and I couldnt take any more

(Chorus)
So just dont lie to me
dont lie to me
dont lie to me
dont lie to me
dont lie to me

(Verse 2)
Its so sad what had happened last night
When the boat hatched to the shore
It was dark and we had our flashlight
Cause we couldnt see any more

(Chorus)
So just dont lie to me
dont lie to me
dont lie to me
dont lie to me
dont lie to me

(Verse 3)
One day after rocking all night
On a day that I had to roll
I was tired and brought our flashlight
And we couldnt take any more

Chorus x2

Super Natural

Written By: Mary's Iguana

(Verse 1)
When I awoke on Sunday morning
There was no warning
There was no sun
And now I hope that it's over
Let it be over
And stay done
-Cause I am the one

I was over confident and I knew that we were fun
But I saw painful pitfalls, deadly dangers in the sun

(Chorus)
I am the sun
I am the rain
I'll bring the joy
I'll bring the pain

I'll take the blame
I dont ask why
I'm supernatural
I'll never die
I'll never die

(Verse 2)
I was told to stop here and just be clear of everyone
Cause I knew what they did when my back turned to everyone

(Chorus)
I am the sun
I am the rain
I'll bring the joy
I'll bring the pain

I'll take the blame
I dont ask why
I'm supernatural
I'll never die
I'll never die

Repeat Chorus

Discography

Close Cover Before Striking (11 tracks)
2006, Good Karma Publishing
www.cdbaby.com/marysiguana

The Chainletter EP (7 Tracks)
2006, Good Karma Publishing

Set List

3 Hours Originals
1 Hour Covers

Song List

"Close Cover Before Striking"
Philes & Phobias
Surside
Knuckle Duster
Thick as Lead
The Truth
Snipers in Velour
X-tra Medium
Valahalla
D-V-836
Cashed?
Northern Lights

"The Chainletter Ep"
Supernatural
Meghan's Frustration
A Dirty Wrinkle
Oceana Nox
Unified Theory
Along Came a Juggernaut
Sixty Degrees Isoscelese

Unreleased
Malaprop
Omega Rae
Length & Gurth
Recoil
Watersign
Rise and Shine
Destructive Compulsion
Cashed? (Heavy Version)

Covers
Lithium- Nirvana
I Stick Around- Foo Fighters
Brainstew- Green Day
No Excuses- Alice in Chains
Outside- Staind
About a Girl-Nirvana
For What it's Worth- Buffalo Springfield
Signs- Three Man Electric Band
Big Me- Foo Fighters
Even in His Youth- Nirvana
Marigold- David Grohl
Nutshell- Alice in Chains
Lucky- Seven Mary Three
Stir it up- Bob Marley
Ain't Talkin Bout Love- Van Halen
River of Deciet- Mad Season
Alice- 238
Rock Superstar- Cypress Hill