Marc David Gambino: Bass / Lead Vocals
Rafael Rivera: Guitar / Backing Vocals
Joseph D’Aqui: Drums
There are quite literally hundreds of thousands of bands and artists that have recorded music from the time it first became possible until now. All of us know only a very small percentage of that total.
And as world population has grown, so has the technology making it cheaper and faster and easier for the masses to express themselves for posterity’s sake. This only increases the opportunity for anyone wishing to dive in to become a small fish in that ever-expanding pond.
But just like fast food, the ability to readily access the easiest and fastest product only provides a momentary gratification that subsides… And what’s left is a lasting effect that is neither timelessly enjoyable or nourishing in any sense.
LION-HEARTED is a band that was born in early 2012 and started recording its first album three months after fully forming in the middle of that same year. This is not a “group” or an “act” or a “project”…
This is a BAND. And the music its founding members envisioned is simultaneously a homage to those who influenced it and AHEAD of its time… Timeless in how the listener can focus on different parts and layers with each new “spin”.
The resulting self-produced debut album of original music entitled “SP1: Those Who Roar Last… (The Prequel)” was released the following year, and (despite flaws) was an honest snapshot of a power trio starting to mold its many influences into a sound they could call their own.
Even with the many years of experience being musicians that Marc David Gambino, Pete Pineyro and Joseph D’Aqui brought with them into Lion-Hearted, they were still learning how to write and perform together in this type of situation. The rarely-attempted “hard funk” genre they chose and the sonic responsibilities of being “just” a trio always provide a challenge.
A much appreciated and honest in-depth critique of that first album by renowned sound engineer Mark Wilder was both encouraging and insightful. He basically called the album an excellent first effort and offered suggestions for future works that the band embraced positively, as it was already the path they had taken and have worked toward since.
The vision of lead vocalist/bassist Gambino was already set in place for the band’s first five albums:
SP1: Those Who Roar Last… (The Prequel)
SP2: Roar The Loudest! (The Sequel)
SP3: Roar, Roar, Roar!!!
SP4: Roar Some More! And
SP5: Roarin’ LIVE
(The “SP” prefix on the albums represents the band’s undying goal to produce music that is “Sickness Personified”.)
This album is the second in that quint, and should be called an EP. Pineyro left the band after 6 songs were recorded when he met his true love and moved cross country.
The band is now performing with new guitarist Rafael Rivera. Gambino, D’Aqui and Rivera have also started writing for the next album.
Together for 5 Years
A true power trio – no tech wizardry, just real honest music
Over 250,000 downloads/streams on internet radio and personal site
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