Every so often an artist comes around who seems to capture the mood of a generation. Like when Rolling Stone’s Jon Landau called Bruce Springsteen “rock and roll’s future,” rising songwriter Chris Mardini seems to fit into a similar place in the cultural landscape.
A born and raised New Yorker who grew up on Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, Mardini took up guitar at age 10 and cut his teeth at local venues throughout his teens – places like Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Channeling classic alt-rock, underground hip-hop, and timeless singer-songwriters like Jeff Buckley, Mardini has a knack for merging intense, self-reflective lyrics with poetic social commentary and spellbinding melody – viscerally charged, intricately detailed, raw, vulnerable, and badass.
Recorded with the Grammy Award-winning producer Marc Swersky, Mardini’s self-titled debut album channels the volatile energy of his mosh-heavy live set. The album will be released on October 15th, but for now, we are pleased to present the exclusive premiere of the album’s second single, “Herd.”
“’Herd’ calls into question the existence of implied social pressure,” Mardini writes. “From a musical standpoint, this song breaks many ‘rules’ from an average listener’s point of view (abrasive sounds, the merging of different genres, etc.). Often music fans and people, in general, display an obsession with labeling things. It’s especially true in music, whereby almost every artist and musical personality needs to be categorized into a genre. It seems to me like they ultimately get trapped in a box defined by this classification. This is true of many things in society, as we often feel like putting a label on things is the best way to identify them. If something or someone acts differently from how they’re pre-established category has dictated, it’s often considered ‘wrong.’ ‘HERD’ challenges those ideas.” Look out for Chris Mardini’s self-titled debut album on October 15th.