THE AGONIST Guitarist DANNY MARINO - "I Come From A Very Musical Family; My Uncle FRANK MARINO Has Been A Touring National Act For The Past 30 Years"

October 21, 2007, 9 years ago

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The Rise And Fall Community, an online fanclub for Montreal's THE AGONIST, have issued a new interview with guitarist Danny Marino. The following is a brief excerpt:

Q: How about your own personal influences as a guitarist? What made you pick up the guitar first?

Marino: Initially I picked up the bass because it happened to be in my house. I come from a very musical family. My father and brother both play bass professionally and my uncle Frank Marino has been a touring national act for the past 30 years. He was one of my main guitar influences from the start along with Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Zakk Wylde James Hetfield, Michael Amott and recently Gus G of FIREWIND.

Q: In most reviews, mentionned right up there alongside Alissa's spectacular vocals, are your monstrous riffs. How do you create them, do you have your own special method or do they just come out?

Marino: "I don't have an exact method I just pick up the guitar and play without thinking. The best ideas usually come at 4:00am all alone at home. One thing I like to do being the only guitarist in my band is write riffs or choruses that use two intersecting melodies at once. I'm also a big fan of using unorthodox chords with wide intervals. The new album after this one will have a lot more of this implemented along with more lead guitar as well."

Q: How about solos? You've proved on few occasions on the album that you can play them very well, can we look foward to more of them in the future?

Marino: "Yeah, I've been working on lead guitar mostly recently so that i can put some more solo's on this record. I didn't have many on the first record because I really don't like bands that put a solo on every song even if it doesn't call for one. I only want to put one out there if it is needed and interesting enough to be considered a solo."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

The Agonist's tour schedule is currently as follows:

November (with ENSLAVED, ARSIS)

3 - Jesters Pub - Fayetteville, NC
4 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
6 - Crocodile Rock Café - Allentown, PA
7 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
8 - B.B. Kings Blues Club - NYC, NY
9 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA

November (with Enslaved, Arsis, THE FACELESS)

10 - Mark’s Place - Bedford, NH
11 - Club Soda - Montreal, QUE
12 - Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QUE
13 - The Opera House - Toronto, ONT
14 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
15 - I-Rock - Detroit, MI
16 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
17 - Station 4 - St. Paul. MN
20 - Roseland Grill - Portland, OR
21 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
23 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
24 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
25 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
26 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
27 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
28 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
30 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX

December (with Enslaved, Arsis, The Faceless)

2 - Meridian - Houston, TX
4 - The Muse - Nashville, TN

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