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THE MARIAS: On tour for their debut album 'CINEMA'


Following 'SUPERCLEAN Vol. I' and 'SUPERCLEAN Vol. II', THE MARIAS released their full length debut album 'CINEMA' in mid-2021. Now, we're all lucky enough to see this GRAMMY nominated album performed live on upcoming tourdates that will take them through TX, TN, GA, NC, NY, IL (Chicago); followed by some dates in Europe and then back to the US! Many dates are already SOLD OUT, so don't hesitate and purchase your tickets here!


Described as an 'escape into a dynamic work that is alluring and mysterious yet charming and inviting' the live presentation of this new(er) material is sure to be a treat for followers across the country and across the pond. For more on the album please read on and scroll down for tour dates!


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Press Release - On their highly-anticipated debut album Cinema, The Marías provide listeners an escape into a dynamic world that is alluring and mysterious while equally charming and inviting. In dreaming up their first full-length, frontwoman María Zardoya and multi-instrumentalist producer Josh Conway mined inspiration from such hyper-imaginative filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar, achieving an untamed emotionality that acutely amplifies the most intimate of feelings. When met with the exquisite nuance of their sound—the lavish textures, shapeshifting percussion, lyrics sung in both English and Spanish—the result is a body of work that bends reality and heightens the senses to glorious effect.


Co-produced by Conway and Zardoya and recorded in the couple's L.A. apartment, Cinema embodies an eclectic aesthetic fitting for a band who cites influences as broad as Tom Waits and Bad Bunny. But while the album fully echoes their prismatic sensibilities—Zardoya gravitates toward R&B and Latin music, Conway leans toward rock-and-roll and psychedelia—each song spotlights the sophisticated musicality The Marías first brought to their 2017 breakthrough single "I Don't Know You." Featuring their longtime bandmates Jesse Perlman (on guitar) and Edward James (on keys), Cinema also nods to the earliest days of their collaboration, when Zardoya and Conway first met and set their sights on writing music for film and television.


Born in Puerto Rico and raised primarily in Atlanta, Zardoya grew up in a musical household – learning to play guitar from her father as a child and later starting to write songs of her own. After winning $5,000 in a costume contest, she bought a car and drove from her family's home in Georgia to Los Angeles in hopes of launching her music career, and soon crossed paths with Conway. A lifelong musician, the Hollywood native had joined his first band at the age of 12 and quickly became enmeshed in the L.A. rock scene. "I played everything from heavier rock to psychedelic to funk, but I always felt much more attached to the production side of music than the performance side," says Conway, who plays drums, guitar, bass, and piano.


Not long after meeting at a gig at the Kibitz Room in 2015, Conway and Zardoya began dating and working on music together, in an attempt to land placements in the film and TV world.


"When Josh and I were first making music together, we had to really envision the look of each scene," Zardoya recalls. "We'd get a synopsis from a music supervisor saying something like, 'This scene takes place in a smoky casino,' and we'd create an image of what the lighting was like and what the actors were wearing, and all the other elements."


Within a year they'd amassed an entire bank of material, and in June of 2017 made their debut with "I Don't Know You." With their debut EP Superclean Vol. I also arriving in 2017 (followed by Vol. 2 in 2018), The Marías soon gained recognition as an intoxicating live act and earned a cult following in the indie-pop scene, inking their deal with Nice Life Recording Co. and signing with Atlantic in 2021.


Even while making music all these years later, the band still operates much as they did when writing for the screen: "To this day," María shares, "our songs usually start with some sort of visual component: we're always picturing the world of the song in our heads."



All throughout Cinema, The Marías reveal this undeniable gift for the elaborate specificity of world-building. After opening on the lush and swooning string arrangement of "Just A Feeling," the album morphs into the moody urgency of "Calling U Back"—an anti-breakup song that transforms a moment of private longing into something fantastically glamorous ("So I'm-a lay here/Make a drink and have a holiday here/Diamonds on the bed to hold your place here/I won't be out of your life too soon"). Sparked from a melody Conway first worked out on his Wurlitzer, the track marks one of the hardest-hitting songs yet in The Marías' catalog, thanks to its kinetic drums and hip-hop-inspired vocal cadence (as well as a serendipitously recorded bark from Conway and Zardoya's Australian shepherd, Lucy). "Until we'd made 'Calling U Back,' most of our songs were pretty dreamy and quiet," says Zardoya. "When Josh sent me that demo I was really caught off guard by how in-your-face it was, and it felt exactly like the direction we should go in next."


Another thrilling new leap for the band, "Un Millón" finds The Marías expanding their sonic palette with the potent rhythms of reggaeton (a style of music Zardoya heard often when returning to her birthplace of Puerto Rico to visit family). "María introduced me to reggaeton a long time ago, and I've always been curious to see what it would sound like to bring that very unique approach to production and songwriting into our world," says Conway. One of several songs in Spanish on Cinema—whose title The Marías deliberately chose based on its shared meaning across multiple languages—"Un Millón" unfolds in swaying beats, spellbinding melodies, and lyrics expressing a tender affection for Zardoya's homeland. "I wanted to pay homage to the island and its music and people, so in the song I'm calling out some of the places I used to go visit with my family when I was little," says Zardoya.


In keeping with Cinema's silver-screen grandeur, The Marías adorned the tracklist with a number of instrumental interludes that return to the same deeply evocative melodic motif. As they draw the listener further into the album's atmosphere, Conway and Zardoya journey through a whole spectrum of emotion, taking on a raw intensity on tracks like the bold and bass-heavy "Hush" ("I see you fallin' in my den/Full of lions, full of breath/I take the muzzle from their heads/I'm a sucker for revenge"). "It's a song for when people are giving you hate or telling you how to live your life, and the only thing you have to say to them is 'shut the fuck up'—or 'hush,'" Zardoya notes.


One of the starkest moments on Cinema, "Fog as a Bullet" took shape from a stream-of-consciousness piece Zardoya wrote on classical guitar after hearing about the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant. "I remember looking out the window a few days before it happened, and seeing the fog through the hills and thinking how beautiful it was," she says. "After I found out he'd died, I came up with this song about how something so beautiful can also be so destructive."


On "Talk to Her," Cinema closes out with a gorgeously sprawling number delivered in finely detailed spoken word. "That song came from a poem I wrote on tour, at probably the darkest point in the band's history," says Zardoya. "It paints a picture of where we were at the time: the collective frustration and sleep deprivation, being exhausted from touring and missing our dog. But even though it was such a low point, we were still really trying to remain hopeful."


The piano-laced track also takes its title from one of Zardoya's favorite films from Almodóvar, whom she first discovered as a little girl. "I grew up watching his movies and always wanted to be an Almodóvar girl, because they're all so strong and feisty," she says. "He's been a huge inspiration for The Marías from the beginning, especially in terms of our visuals—I love his use of color and all the pops of red, and the very high level of detail he brings to every single frame."


While creating their debut album, The Marías kept the writing and production process completely self-contained in order to preserve their singular vision. "Every song we make starts out being just for ourselves—it comes from our psyche, our blood, and that definitely informed every second of this album," says Conway.


And in sharing Cinema with the world, the band hopes to ignite a similarly powerful creative impulse in their listeners. "We want people to feel inspired to create anything, whether it's music or art or whatever else they're drawn to," says Zardoya. "Hopefully the songs will help them to break away from real life for a while and create some kind of dream world in their heads—something like the scenes to their own little movie."



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TOUR DATES:

FEB 4 FRI

Paper Tiger (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

San Antonio, TX, US

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FEB 5 SAT

White Oak Music Hall (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Houston, TX, US

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FEB 6 SUN

The Factory @ 8:00pm

Dallas, TX, US

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FEB 8 TUE

THE OLD ROCK HOUSE @ 8:00pm

St Louis, MO, US

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FEB 10 THU

Exit/In (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Nashville, TN, US

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FEB 11 FRI

Buckhead Theatre @ 8:00pm

Atlanta, GA, US

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FEB 12 SAT

Cat's Cradle (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Carrboro, NC, US

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FEB 14 MON

9:30 Club (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Washington, DC, US

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FEB 15 TUE

Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Brooklyn, NY, US

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FEB 17 THU

Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Brooklyn, NY, US

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FEB 18 FRI

TLA (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Philadelphia, PA, US

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FEB 19 SAT

Paradise (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Boston, MA, US

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FEB 20 SUN

Paradise Rock Club @ 8:00pm

Boston, MA, US

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FEB 24 THU

The Vic Theatre @ 8:00pm

Chicago, IL, US

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FEB 25 FRI

The Vic Theatre (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Chicago, IL, US

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FEB 26 SAT

Majestic Theatre (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Madison, WI, US

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FEB 27 SUN

First Avenue @ 8:00pm

Minneapolis, MN, US

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MAR 1 TUE

Summit Music Hall @ 7:00pm

Denver, CO, US

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MAR 2 WED

The Depot @ 8:00pm

Salt Lake City, UT, US

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MAR 4 FRI

Neptune Theatre (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Seattle, WA, US

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MAR 5 SAT

Rickshaw Theatre @ 8:00pm

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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MAR 6 SUN

Wonder Ballroom (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Portland, OR, US

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MAR 8 TUE

Sessions Music Hall (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Eugene, OR, US

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MAR 9 WED

Ace of Spades (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Sacramento, CA, US

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MAR 11 FRI

Fox Theater (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Oakland, CA, US

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MAR 12 SAT

NOVO (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Los Angeles, CA, US

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MAR 13 SUN

NOVO (SOLD OUT) @ 8:00pm

Los Angeles, CA, US

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MAR 19 SAT

Vive Latino 2022 @ 1:00pm

Mexico, Mexico

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APR 22 FRI

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022 @ 7:00pm

Indio, CA, US

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MAY 2 MON

Columbia Theater @ 8:00pm

Berlin, Germany

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MAY 4 WED

Botanique- Grand Salon @ 7:00pm

Brussels, Belgium

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MAY 6 FRI

Melkweg @ 7:00pm

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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MAY 9 MON

Lafayette London @ 7:00pm

London, United Kingdom

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MAY 10 TUE

EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) @ 7:00pm

London, United Kingdom

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MAY 16 MON

La Boule Noire @ 7:00pm

Paris, France

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MAY 19 THU

Sala La Nau @ 8:00pm

Barcelona, Spain

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MAY 21 SAT

Tomavistas Festival 2022 @ 3:00pm

Madrid, Spain

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JUN 16 THU

White River Amphitheatre @ 7:00pm

Auburn, WA, US

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JUN 18 SAT

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater @ 7:00pm

Ridgefield, WA, US

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JUN 24 FRI

Shoreline Amphitheatre @ 7:00pm

Mountain View, CA, US

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JUN 26 SUN

AK Chin Pavilion @ 7:00pm

Phoenix, AZ, US

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JUN 28 TUE

Dos Equis Pavilion @ 7:00pm

Dallas, TX, US

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JUN 30 THU

Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood @ 7:00pm

Atlanta, GA, US

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JUL 2 SAT

Summerfest @ 7:30pm

Milwaukee, WI, US

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JUL 3 SUN

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre @ 7:00pm

Tinley Park, IL, US

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JUL 6 WED

Red Rocks Amphitheatre @ 7:00pm

Morrison, CO, US

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JUL 9 SAT

FivePoint Amphitheater @ 7:00pm

Irvine, CA, US

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JUL 29 FRI

The Danforth Music Hall @ 7:00pm

Toronto, ON, Canada

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OCT 14 FRI

Stubb's Bar-B-Q (Rescheduled from 2/3/22) @ 7:00pm

Austin, TX, US