An artist who seems to capture a generation’s mood occasionally appears. Rising songwriter Chris Mardini seems to fit into the same cultural landscape as Jon Landau, who called Bruce Springsteen “rock and roll’s future” in Rolling Stone.
Mardini, who was born and raised in New York and grew up listening to Nirvana and Led Zeppelin, started playing the guitar when he was 10 years old. Throughout his teens, he started playing at local venues like Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Mardini has a talent for combining intense, self-reflective lyrics with poetic social commentary and spellbinding melody, evoking classic alt-rock, underground hip-hop, and timeless singer-songwriters like Jeff Buckley. Her songs are viscerally charged, intricately detailed, raw, vulnerable, and badass.
The volatile energy of Mardini’s mosh-heavy live set is captured on his self-titled debut album, which was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Marc Swersky. We are pleased to present the exclusive premiere of the album’s second single, “Herd,” which will be released on October 15th.
Mardini writes, “‘Herd’ calls into question the existence of implied social pressure.” From an average listener’s point of view, this song breaks many musical “rules” (abrasive sounds, the merging of various genres, etc.). People in general and music fans frequently exhibit an obsession with labeling. This is especially true in music, where nearly every musician and personality must be put into a genre. I think that in the end, they get stuck in a box that is defined by this classification. This is true of many things in society because we frequently believe that the best way to identify them is to label them. It is frequently deemed “wrong” when something or someone behaves in a manner that is different from the way their pre-established category dictates. These notions are questioned by HERD’. On October 15, Chris Mardini will release his self-titled debut album.
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