Tommy Marz Band had everyone dancing and singing to their eclectic mix of late 90s alt-rock covers,Â and some originals.
Tommy Marz has been hard at work recording new material. HisÂ plan is to release a double album, one discÂ of pop music and one disc of rock music. HisÂ band decided to take a break from the studio toÂ open up for The Dan Band at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on January 23, 2015.
Tommy Marz and his band were an absolute nuclear bomb of energy erupting the moment they took the stage. Unusual since usually opening acts go through the motions while the majority of the audience socialize with each other, milling around waiting for the main act to go on stage, but Marz (guitars/vocals), Jason Tucker (drums) and Chris Alef (bass) were undeniably the center of attention from the moment they took the stage. It was a roller coaster of old-school alt-rock tunes from Marzâ€™s previous band GoToZero, a litany of late-nineties and early aught hits, mixed with a few high-energy originals from start to finish.
They opened their set with a brief intro to Rage Against The Machineâ€™s, â€œBomb Track,â€ that segued flawlessly into Seven Mary Threeâ€™s, â€œCumbersome,â€ stomping through it just as expected: loud, strong and tight. Tucker mentioned, after the set, that this has been a show staple for this band since their humble beginnings.
As soon as, â€œCumbersome,â€ ended, and without so much as a single breath of delay, they launched into a cover of Pearl Jamâ€™s, â€œAnimal.â€ This was the track that really brought the house to the front of the stage. I started seeing hands in the air while the crowd bounced along. Marzâ€™s Fender Strat soared through the solo and got the floor screaming. The surprise on the crowdâ€™s faces was evident as soon as the song got going. And by the end of the song, everyone was swaying along to it.
The band then put the covers to rest for a bit, and played an original from GoToZeroâ€™s previous release ROBOTS called, â€œBeautiful World.â€ A fast-paced, pop-rock tune, it sought out those last few holdouts in the crowd and brought smiles to their faces. Tucker executed the locomotive drum patterns with robotic precision, shaking the floor in the process.
After this, the band teased the crowd with another brief song intro, Black Sabbathâ€™s, â€œSweet Leaf,â€ which segued right into Silverchairâ€™s, â€œTomorrow.â€ Alefâ€™s bass carried the song through Marzâ€™s shredding solo, and watching Tuckerâ€™s arms swing madly was a sight you will just have to behold for yourself.
Marz announced that the show would be coming to a close after the next few songs, and the crowd groaned with dismay. With a devilish grin, Marz told the crowd the next song was a brand new tune that heâ€™d wrote that very day, and launched into a cover of Smashing Pumpkinsâ€™, â€œCherub Rock.â€ Hands went into the air and bodies again began to move. They performed a spot-on tribute to one of the most iconic songs from the nineties.
â€œCherub Rock,â€ came to a sudden and abrupt end, and Marz tickled the crowd yet again with a song intro, White Zombieâ€™s, â€œThunder Kiss â€™65,â€ which segued perfectly into the show-closer, â€œWaste of My Time.â€ An original from the GoToZero days, this heavy-rock anthem is a barrage of anger and thick riffs over John Bonham style thunder that absolutely brought the roof down. Amazingly enough, though, the show didnâ€™t end there.
After the outro to, â€œWaste of My Time,â€ Alef stepped to the front of the stage and began hammering out the bass riff to, â€œSabotage,â€ by the Beastie Boys. With a crash from Tuckerâ€™s cymbal, Marz stepped one last time to the mic and screamed out the words with everything he had. It was this song that instantly turned The Dan Bandâ€™s fans into Tommy Marz Bandâ€™s fans. The final chorus had the entire house shrieking the words so loudly that Marz could no longer be heard.
Tommy Marz Band is a band you really have to see to believe. Many local bands make valiant efforts to capture even a small part of the kind of energy this band bleeds from every orifice, and itâ€™s worth every penny to experience for yourself. From paying homage to mega alt-rock hits of decades past, to modern covers of popular music, all the way through original GoToZero and Tommy Marz Band songs, that span nearly fifteen years, Tommy Marz Band will find what is needed to get you moving.
And move you shall.