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Tommy Marz Band

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

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"Tommy Marz album review by ESPN's Brian Campbell"

If you’re going to proudly wear your influences as a songwriter and musician, you might as well wear them well.

Detroit native Tommy Marz – songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and eponymous frontman for the Tommy Marz Band — does exactly that in the band’s latest album “Bringing Alpha.”

The melodic hooks of 90’s alternative rock are unmistakable, as are the edgy guitar riffs and vocal delivery. But the album is far from a retro tribute to the sonic heritage of bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Alice In Chains.

If anything, Marz’s influences merely invite the listener to explore the deeper meaning of his music because of how familiar the record feels at face value. Without question, there’s an instant level of accessibility, but it’s careful not to compromise the music’s integrity.
For a rock record, “Bringing Alpha” may tiptoe at times towards a mainstream feel, but the detours are short. This isn’t pop rock; instead a mature statement, built on the foundation of a dark backbone to each track which belies even the album’s brightest moments.

It doesn’t take long to realize there’s something deeper going on at the album’s core – an onion that has yet to be fully unpeeled by both artist and listener(though you begin to feel like you’re getting closer each time). There’s pain and regret for sure, but also the embodying spirit of a survivor who is ready to step into his second act.

If every album is a manifestation of a journey — whether recent or accumulated — the coming-of-age quality to Marz’s songwriting is refreshing.

Marz, who had previously fronted the rock band GoToZero for over a decade before going solo and spreading his wings into different genres, presents his most focused and complex work on “Bringing Alpha.” Make no mistake, this is his all-in moment and the result is a tightly produced collection of nine tracks that equally share the wisdom he has acquired.

No song is a better example than the album’s finale (and finest work) “Chasing The Tiger,” where Marz equates his journey of chasing his music dreams to “a drug that won’t stop calling you.” The track is a powerful medley of song fragments, featuring driving riffs and the exclamation point of Marz’s scream before the guitar solo.

It’s clear very early that Marz has a knack for song arrangement, with many tracks taking unpredictable turns that are purposely jarring, yet far from off-putting. The music is allowed to spread its wings and take chances without the train staying for too long off the tracks.

Case in point is the insanely catchy “Space In Time,” which alternates between foot-tapping verses soaked in the nostalgia of his Michigan upbringing and a much darker chorus, welcomed in by the lyric “Bye bye the innocence is gone, you didn’t need me, you’re never coming home.”

The band is at its tightest and most cohesive point on the very polished “Star,” which doubles as the album’s most radio friendly tune. Marz shines here vocally, just as well as he does during the melodic guitar solo.

Marz borrows heavily from his 90s influences in the sunny “Super Overload,” which fuses moments of friendly alt-rock choruses with dark and gritty guitar licks. The track does the same thing lyrically, celebrating his addiction to the song’s female antagonist in question in one verse only to curse it moments later in the bridge.

The album’s most underrated track just might be “Road To Nowhere,” where Marz bares his soul once again about the frustrations that come with navigating the music business. It’s unapologetic rock and roll at its finest, and is soaked in a vitriol of lament that provides the foundation for its grit. But it’s not just anger for the sake of it; Marz’s frustrations are underwritten by a lingering element of hope, executed perfectly by his exclaim of “You can’t stop me!” in the anthemic chorus.

Whether it’s the trademark scream he uncorks at the start of the album’s rocking kickstarter “Born To Follow” or the sinister tone he delivers in the mysterious and dark “Room With A View,” Marz does well to showcase his depth as a singer throughout. On “Common In Disguise,” for example, he uses a delivery that is indistinguishable to his voice on any other track.

While “Bringing The Alpha” is far from a concept album, there’s a context of unity to each track that binds the music together. With a total run time of just over 30 minutes, part of the album’s charm is that it doesn’t belabor or linger; instead it leaves you wanting more — not just from each one of the album’s standout tracks, but from the songwriter himself.

Tommy Marz is weathered, if not bruised by his journey to this point as a musician, as evidenced by both the intensity of the music and the honesty of his lyrics. But his scars tell an interesting story and tease to the potential of the artist he is on his way to becoming.

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By Brian Campbell – https://twitter.com/BCampbellESPN - Skope Magazine


"Bringing Alpha by Tommy Marz Band"

With a thunderous bang, Tommy Marz comes roaring back to the world of rock and roll with his latest release, Bringing Alpha.

After playing for over a decade with his rock band GoToZero, Tommy Marz recorded his first solo album a few years ago which he intended to be a one-time creative experience. Quite often, pop artists will have a desire to record a rock n’ roll album after years of recording pop records. But with Marz, it was the other way around. After years of writing, performing and recording predominately rock music, Marz decided to take a softer approach with his first solo album Rival.

Marz’s cover of George Michael’s “Faith” spawned a video that went on to gain over a hundred thousand views on YouTube and received placements on cable networks, such as NBC and MTV. Marz thought there was a market for that style of music and decided to record a follow-up album: Play. Listen. Rewind. Repeat. The 2013 record contained the single, “A Kid in the 1980’s,” and placed at #17 in the SDC Radio Networks top songs of that same year.

Now, along with two members of GoToZero, Jason Tucker, and Chris Alef, Marz is ready to return to his Rock and Roll roots. Collectively known as the Tommy Marz Band, they have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their newest album, Bringing Alpha, which has the melodic sensitivity fans have come to expect but with an overall harder rock sound.

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We start with “Born To Follow,” and if this song wasn’t written by one of the nineties grunge acts, it certainly sounds like it was. Pure old-school alt-rock that stomps and thrashes. It has a distinctly dark feeling overall, certainly not a song of happiness by any stretch, but it still left one feeling euphoric, if only for the nineties music lover in them. True, it’s a retro feeling song, but no less powerful for that.

“Road To Nowhere” comes next. It starts out quicker than “Born To Follow,” but then with a three-hit drum accent, the song slows tempo even below the previous track stomping around just like an elephant in a field of grass. One hears the anger in this song, much more than the previous track, and it feels aggressive as hell. Not nearly the throwback feeling of the first song, it nonetheless has a distinctly grunge-rock feel as well.

“Space In Time” is much more up-tempo than either of the previous tunes, and this time stays up there. Much groovier and hoppy than we’ve heard up to this point and the ride-cymbal accents really make the verses sing, not to mention the superb harmonies throughout. During the chorus, we are introduced for the first time to Marz’s growly new vocal style, and this will not be the last we hear of it, either. The highlight is the extra-long chorus accent piece during the second chorus where Marz screams “Coming Home!” A powerful sounding song making it a definite highlight.



Another departure from what’s expected, Marz takes a whispery, nasty whisper for the verses in “Room With A View.” A slinky and mean feeling tune, lots of fun to listen to. Intriguing is the bass guitar during the bridge and solo. It sort of cascades up and down like hills on a roller coaster.

“One Big Rush” comes out of the gates screaming. Literally. Here again, Marz has completely abandoned the pop influences of his earlier sound and goes balls-out full-on slap-you-in-the-face rock (with maybe a brief pause to masquerade as a circus announcer). About halfway through, Marz descends into a bouncy bridge with some of the best harmonies you’ve heard. Captivating. Then comes the solo that just shrieks and soars. I only wish the outro was longer.

“Super Overload” is a song to ponder, and ponder one does. It’s at times sludgy and dark, poppy and light, and captivating musically. Marz goes from a stoner-rock intro guitar with weirdly melodic vocals over it to one of the most euphoric choruses you’ve heard. One can almost feel the ‘super overload’ just letting that chorus melody wash all over them. The solo comes in after the bridge, and it’s fairly simple and musical, carrying its own individual melody over the stoner riff, then goes back into a third chorus, but changes up the vocal melody’s meter a bit, emphasizing the first line more.

No idea whom this song is about but pretty much all the anger Marz has is brought front and center on “Common In Disguise.” Over top, a great bouncy bass guitar melody, Marz berates this person (or people?) and gives them what’s coming to them. Rage and hostility don’t make an appearance here, as Marz’s anger is very tightly controlled, almost methodic, and he even pauses during the bridge to try to sweet talk some sense into them. This song, like so many others on the record, is somewhat shorter than what one expects. An extra chorus or something after it would have been a nice added touch.

“Star” is a song Marz has had out for some time now which the band even filmed a music video for. Although not exactly new, it remains one of the standout tracks on the album. It was smart for Marz to include it on this album even though it was previously released as a single. This song is very easy to embrace. It has an amazing groove to it and the guitar work is some of the best on the record. The bass guitar, when it drops an octave for the verse, just carries the song along, and with that noodling flange guitar on top, it’s icing on the cake. The half tempo last chorus complete with harmonies, not only makes this musical and enjoyable but a great radio rock tune as well.

“Chasing The Tiger” is a bit of an anomaly. Upon hearing “One Big Rush,” one might think they had been exposed to the extreme end of Marz’s songwriting breadth, but this one breaks the mold. Like nothing else on the record, “Chasing The Tiger” closes the album out with a surprisingly unique feel. It’s at once jamming and pulsing, and at the same time coming at you from odd angles, yet nothing competes with the guitar riff during the chorus. A beautiful end to a much-too-short record.

Eschewing the previously explored territories of pop, Marz turned his songwriting to heavier, meatier rock and roll, and brought the entire attitude that comes with it. Although every song on this album is a keeper, definite stand-out tracks are “Space In Time” and “Star” for their wonderful pop sensibilities and rock which Marz blends together in perfect unison, and also “One Big Rush” and “Chasing The Tiger” for breaking the mold of typical hard rock and grunge tropes. These last two mentioned songs are definitely the heaviest tunes on the album. They are surprising yet familiar, all at the same time.

Not sure if credit goes to the recording studio, the producer, the mixer, or even just to the band themselves, but Bringing Alpha has a great sound to it. You can hear every individual instrument distinctly clear while blended together perfectly with Marz’s vocals. Whoever sat behind the board for this recording definitely knows how to bring out the best in this band. There isn’t a second of beta on this record anywhere. And just like an alpha, the record comes in hard and kicks you around a bit, then leaves you lying on the floor wanting more (though whether it’s for mercy or for more, we’ll leave it up to you to decide). - National Rock Review


"Tommy Marz Band - Bringing Alpha"

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the Tommy Marz Band is pretty frickin’ amazing. My last article gave a good overview and direction of the band, with a mention of the newest single “Star,” but this time the whole album was available for me to listen. Can you say geeked?

“Bringing Alpha” is the newest album for the Tommy Marz Band and with it comes the undeniable awesomeness of pure rock’n’roll. I’m not talking about headbanging and mosh pits, but Marz proves that rock can be heavy, fueled with meaning and a fun experience, too.

“Room With a View” is a combo of fast paced lyrics and slow strums. Once you get used to the pace, Marz switches it up on you. I can’t guarantee you’ll ever find your footing on that one, but constantly moving has its benefits. You’ll never get bored of this song for one. As I mentioned in my last review, “Star” is a great listen as well. “Star” is a slower single, but it gives you the perfect break to the hard rock of the other songs. It has more of a relaxed feel and helps keep the album balanced. The compilation of songs flow into one another, as albums should, but often don’t. “Common in Disguise” was definitely the best, with its foot tapping beat and lyrics that cover the posers and punk individuals who criticize without any real action. Keep in mind that music is open to interpretation, so what the songs mean to me may be entirely different to you.

As “Space in Time” states, “bye, bye the innocence is gone,” and its place is a much-needed dose of honesty in the form of rock’n’roll. What should you expect when you listen? Music that’s equivalent to a slow burn. - Creative Control Magazine


"Tommy Marz shares new anthem for live audiences"

Tommy Marz Band is getting fans ready for their debut, Bringing Alpha, available this spring on vinyl. Released digitally in December, this is a rock album from start to finish. Play. Listen. Rewind. Repeat may have been Tommy Marz’s solo debut, but Marz is returning to his rock roots with Bringing Alpha and calling it his most personal album to date.

“I tried not holding back when writing the lyrics,” Marz has said. He’s true to his words which are especially loud and clear in “Don’t Give A…”, a song that doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Just get up and get to the show. The song is great for throwing on in your car on your way to a concert, or at home beforehand while getting ready. Maybe the band even rocks out backstage as a warm up. Whatever the case, Tommy Marz explains it best:

“This song sums up what pretty every band wants to say about coming out to a show. There isn’t an excuse that any of us hasn’t heard. And if there are any new ones…I don’t give a sh*t. Come to the show.”

Listen below to “Don’t Give A…”. Bringing Alpha will be available on vinyl on May 27th with four tracks unavailable via the digital release. - Elmore Magazine


"Scott Stapp brings joy to Uncle Sam Jam"

Scott Stapp brings joy to Uncle Sam Jam
Posted by risefromtheashesmusicnews@gmail.com on July 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Saturday evening, Scott Stapp headlined the stage at Civic Center Park in Woodhaven for the Uncle Sam Jam festival.

The fifth annual festival showcases both local and national acts and provides a large carnival midway, monster truck and camel rides, a variety of shows and a petting zoo.


The Tommy Marz band kicked off the evening portion of the entertainment with a solid set of their brand of pop rock. The trio is fronted by Marz, who formerly fronted Detroit bands Detroit Ease and Go To Zero. - Rise From the Ashes Music News


"Great White Seen On The Detroit River Last Friday (Interview w/Michael Lardie)"

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Detroit Rock City loves nothing more than a great rock and roll show, especially when it’s free. Great White came chomping at the bit to the Rockin’ On The Riverfront series behind the GM Resistance building last Friday as part of the free concert series put on every summer by a variety of business sponsors. With the sun setting behind the GM towers casting long shadows across the Detroit river, the people began to gather along the waterfront to take in a great night of rock and roll.

As boats moored along the river front near the stage, diners taking in coffee and dessert at Andiamo’s sidewalk dining tables and throngs of pedestrians strolling in from the various parking structures, local band Tommy Marz opened up the night. An energetic act, Tommy and band were a perfect fit to open up the show with an abundance of vigor, and a variety of original and cover songs to engage the early audience. Check out their website for more info on them and support local music! www.tommymarz.com

Great White took the stage sharply at 9pm after a quick sound check and fine tuning of audio by long time producer, guitarist and keyboardist Michael Lardie. The attendance of the crowd had easily tripled in size by then with young and old in attendance, and notably a lot of fans in Great White shirts both old and new. With twelve studio albums under their belt since 1984’s eponymous titled album, thousands of tours around the world from the smallest venue to the largest arena, the band brings a fine tuned show to whatever stage they play. With former XYZ singer Terry Ilous taking over frontman duties since 2010, founding member and lead guitarist Mark Kendall, drummer Audie Desbrow, bassist Scott Snyder and the aforementioned Michael Lardie comprising the latest incarnation of the band, they ripped through a varied catalog of their music spanning nearly 30 decades of great rock and roll leaving hardly anyone in the crowd sitting in their seats. - National Rock Review


"Artificial Agent and Tommy Marz at Smalls"

Artificial Agent and Tommy Marz Band showed the crowd at Small’s that Detroit rock n’ roll can be heavy and fun, all at the same time.

October 17, 2014 was a night of good old Detroit home-brewed rock n’ roll and Small’s, in Hamtramck, Michigan was packed to see heavy hitters Artificial Agent and alt-pop rockers Tommy Marz Band.

Marz played an eclectic mix of old-school alt-rock tunes from his previous band, GoToZero, mixed with a litany of late-nineties alternative and grunge covers plus a brief taste of his upcoming album, Bringing Alpha. Throughout the set, Marz (guitar and vocals), Chris Alef (bass), and Jason Tucker (drums) kept the crowd jumping with surprises, medleys, and good old-fashioned rock and roll.

The set began with a brief homage to Black Sabbath before the band segued directly into Seven Mary Three’s “Cumbersome.” Marz captured the gravelly voice of Jason Pollack superbly, and Tucker’s drum fills felt like the perfect marriage between Giti Khalsa and Jon Bonham.

From there, the band reminded fans of GoToZero’s debut album from 2004, The Mean Season, by launching into the staccato-rock “Walk Away.” The band whipped through the song with robotic precision, hitting every stop like clockwork. The song thundered through fast-tempo verses and into half-tempo breakdown choruses. It is unlikely anyone has seen a guitar player jump as high as Marz jumps on every one of those chorus downbeats.

The third song in the set was a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Animal.” This song has been a staple in the band’s set for over a decade. The song was executed beautifully, with tons of high-energy jumps and fills.

After that, they debuted a track, “Cannonball,” from their upcoming album. The song is a dizzying compilation of kinetic guitar-riffing and soaring vocals, mixed with an amazingly musical bass line. It gave the crowd just the barest taste of what’s to come in Marz’s forthcoming double-album, due later this year.

The band then played another throwback tune from The Mean Season, “Then The Sun.” Marz told the audience that this was the first time they played it live but you would never have known it, given the way the band pulled it off.

Then came one of the crowd’s favorite sections of their set. The band started out with a cover of Silverchair’s “Tomorrow,” which the crowd immediately recognized. Alef and Marz’s guitars formed a thick, beefy riff over Tucker’s eerily precise drum rhythm, and the song just exploded with energy. The band segued directly into the title track off The Mean Season. This slow-tempo rocker was definitely a highlight of their set. Marz, Alef and Tucker truly showed that they are a live band that knows how to get the crowd’s attention with this song.

The last few songs continued to grow in kinesis and power as the band covered Smashing Pumpkins’ “Cherub Rock,” and segued into a brief homage to White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ‘65” which segued into GoToZero’s fan-favorite show closer “Waste of My Time.”

At the conclusion of that song, the band hit the crowd with a fantastic up-tempo cover of “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. The energy was amazing, the stops were precise, and Marz screamed with everything he had in his lungs. Alef just killed it when bringing the song back to life after the bridge. Pure shock and awe, and memorable like you would not believe. Small’s felt very large, indeed, as the crowd jumped with the band on this closing track. - National Rock Review


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The Tommy Marz Band is an alt-rock trio based in Detroit and are currently in the midst of bringing their energetic live show to new fans from across the U.S.
In addition to being featured on the iTunes home page, their debut album 'Bringing Alpha' charted on the iTunes top30 Rock Albums chart and has continued to see success throughout all of the available outlets.  The band also finished up a 100% funded Pledge Music campaign and released the album on vinyl.
Today the band is gearing up to release their highly anticipated follow up to 'Bringing Alpha' with the new album 'Seventy-One Trips Around The Sun'.  The album mixes the bands familiar edge w/ melodic guitars and soaring harmonies letting the listener in on Tommy's most personal songwriting offering to date.

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