Capturing the intense energy of their live show with the pristine sound of a studio recording, Aggressive Hippies, Marbin's fifth album, which includes eight new compositions (and one improvised extended intro track) that feature Danny Markovitch (sax) and Dani Rabin (guitar) at their best, is the most engaging album of Marbin's albums to date. With the help of Greg Essig (drums) and John W. Lauler (bass), Marbin sounds as tight as only a band that plays out every night can sound.
Markovitch had this to say: "Working on this album was a blast. We entered the studio and just started playing. I think you can feel the good time we had when you listen to it. The songs are constructed from many small sections, which is very different than the melody-solo-melody form we used exclusively in the past, and I think it propels the music forward and keeps it engaging the entire time.”
Rabin tells the story behind the album's name: In November 2013, we broke down leaving Knoxville, TN. We needed a new rear end, so we were stuck there for a few days and had to cancel a number of upcoming shows. One day we were hanging out in Market Square playing gypsy jazz, when a group of hippies approached us and said, "You guys are Marbin, what are you doing playing on the street? Come hang out with us at our hippie shack around the corner."
Around the corner turned into twenty miles into the Smoky Mountains, at a series of dimly lit shacks that smelled like patchouli. The owner of this shack was a seventy-year-old chick named Morning Star. She was wearing a tie-dye dress and holding a violin.
"Dani, play this! You're gonna be great!” I said no, but she insisted, so I started screeching away at this fiddle. At one point, her hippie son approached me and asked,
"Dani, do you want to jam like a man"?
“Yes,” I said. "What do you have in mind?"
He said, "Come over to my hippie shack next door. I got a Marshall amp and a Les Paul guitar."
To which I replied, "YES!
So we go to his place, I grab the gear and then the guy pulls out a massive pistol from a holster. He says, "Do you want to go to the basement and check out my trains?"
Now... I saw Pulp Fiction so I know what goes on in the basement, but you don't say no to a dude with a gun. So I go to the basement.
When we get down there, he flicks a switch and this very elaborate train set starts riding around some plastic tracks on the floor. At this point, the hippie holsters his weapon and says, "Cool right?"
I didn't get raped. But, we did get a good album title out of it.
Marbin has a unique story that stands out in today's music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring in 2011 and has played over a thousand shows since, bringing their original instrumental music everywhere in the states that they could book a show. After well over a thousand shows and over 15,000 album sold, Marbin has gained thousands of fans all over the US. Marbin has released four albums with Moonjune Records: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011) , Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013) and The Third Set (2014). Marbin's fifth album Aggressive Hippies will be self-reelased by the band, and will be marketed and distributed by MoonJune Music.
In addition to their regular schedule, Marbin has toured with Scott Henderson's trio, which included Mike Clark and Jeff Berlin, and Allan Holdsworth’s trio with bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjacketts, Jeff Lorber, Robben Ford) and drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X, Steve Vai). Marbin has also recorded and performed with drummer Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group), bassist Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Wayne Krantz), and more. Danny markovitch guested on the upcomiong album of the Indoensian guitar icon Dewa Budjana featuring Tony Levin, Gary Husband, Jack DeJohnette, Guthrie Gowan, Tim Garland.
released October 5, 2015
DANI RABIN guitar
DANNY MARKOVITCH sax
GREG ESSIG drums
JOHN W. LAUTER bass
All tracks composed and arranged by MARBIN (Danny Markovitch and Dani Rabin).
Recorded at Stone Soup Studio, April 17-20, 2015.
Recording enginneer Eric Sills.
Mixed and mastered by Brian Schwab.