Album Review – Markland (self-titled): by Carter Moss
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Executive Producer: Aaron Markland, Produced by Michael Head and Markland. All songs written by Aaron Markland, Lights and sirens written by Justin and Aaron Markland. Many thanks to Michael Head of Headrap Music Studios, Paul Abbot at Zen Mastering, Larry Kosta Jr and Elvin Pring of Advanced Reprographics, Troy White Photography, our creator, and all of our friends and family for making this possible.
- 1. Never be the Same
- 2. 32 Bravo
- 3. Judgement Day
- 4. Supernatural
- 5. Solitary Road
- 6. Lights and Sirens
- 7. Revolver
- 8. Life is Beautiful
- 9. Secret Side
- 10. Wishing Well
- Aaron Markland: guitar/vocals
- Justin Markland bass
- Steve “Tunker” Markland: harmonica
- Randy Jones: drums
- Albuquerque Members: Jake Franks (Guitar), Opey (Bass), Tim Archuleta (Drums)
Markland is an original Blues/Funk/Rock band from Ocean Beach, CA. The band blends several genres into an energetic and almost aggressive style that gets any crowd moving. Justin Markland brings the funk bass with the likes of Flea and Les Claypool. Tunker blasts the harmonica reminiscent of Magic Mike and John Mayall. Randy Jones brings the heat with his poppy backbeat influenced by drummers like Don Brewer from Grand Funk and Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater. Last but not least Aaron Markland writes, plays, and sings with the rythm of Jack Johnson coupled with the attitude of Jack White. Together these personalities create a performance experience you don’t want to miss.
Sometimes it’s best to just keep it all in the family. OB sons The Markland’s have been rocking our beach town for the last couple years, and their influence, popularity, and musical landscape continues to grow.
Aaron (the brother) takes on frontman duties on lead guitar and behind the mic. Other brother Justin slaps the bass that lays the funky foundation for each song. Tunker (real name Steve, the Dad) shreds the harmonica that infuses the blues on most songs, and if you’ve ever seen them live, takes on duties of lead dancer and lead pump-up-the-crowd guy. Then there’s Randy “The Dr.” Jones on drums, who’s so good and fits the band’s style so well, they don’t mind that he’s not related.
Markland’s debut self-titled LP (produced by OB local Michael Head of “The Country Rockin’ Rebels” and recorded in La Mesa) perfectly captures the band’s beach blend of rock, blues, and funk. “Never Be the Same” kicks off the album with a harmonica-driven foot-stomper that has an instantly singable chorus—the perfect opener for both the album and live shows. “32 Bravo” brings a really funky and dirty lead riff (a little Rage Against the Machine influence) which alongside more harmonica and some slightly distorted vocals, makes for some gut-level funk rock. “Judgment Day” comes next with a slow, steady beat that launches into an epic chorus. The rest of the album carries on each of these musical trends beautifully, showing the band’s growing maturity with each song. Tunker’s harmonica work adds an emotional depth to each song, especially “Solitary Road,” where it carries the musical weight and gives an incredible solo.
The band’s song-writing shows a surprising maturity for a debut, stretching far beyond the expected songs about drinking, partying, and girls. Instead, Markland chooses a more introspective and spiritual route, that in the end, all brings the positive vibes but with much more depth.
The amazing little-known fact about Markland is that the band members, though they are mostly family, actually don’t currently live all in the same city, which can make rehearsing and recording tricky. But they figure it out, and while Tunker holds down the fort in OB, the entire band’s heart continues to belong in OB. In fact they’ve already played the local hotspots here in June (including Mother’s Saloon and the weekly OB Farmer’s Market), and this year get to make their debut on the main-stage at the OB Street Fair.
At the end of the day, Markland brings the positive vibes, the love of family, the energetic and fun live shows, and the honest music that is true to who they are—everything an OB band should be about!
Markland will be appearing next in Ocean Beach on the main stage of the 36th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair. If you just can’t wait check out their website at MARKLAND THE BAND
and keep an eye on the Gale Force Productions event calendar for upcoming local show dates.
[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself & form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art & contribution]
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