PRESS and REVIEWS
Press and Marina Rocks - 'Austin to Houston' new album reviews
John Apice in Americana Highways...
"Her voice captivates & instead of putting the pilot flame up high she perfectly heats things up with a steady groove & incessant beat as she touches on social issues through her confident performances. With a great band backing her she delves into “Cray, Cray,” – a mesmerizing old rock song style that gains altitude with its repetitious whisk soaked in both a memorable melody & Marina’s inventive playing."
"I’m most impressed with how Marina finds the right lyric to emphasize & curl around in her mouth like a peppermint ball. Allowing it to melt slowly & letting the flavor last even after the song’s over. These 8 songs are textured with passion as “Sleepy Hollow” — just a touch of echo sweetens Marina’s voice. Her presence in this tune is an ideal headphone song."
"Marina has good creative elements in the tradition of Bonnie Raitt — that reach for mainstream ears. I liked all her songs. But the CD was far too short a collection. A reprise of “Sleepy Hollow” instrumentally sounds like the late guitar virtuoso John Fahey communicating through Marina’s fingers. Stunning work."
Dave Franklin in The Big Takeover (UK) ...
But this is no plundering or pastiche of past glories, and, having proven that she is no ordinary rock act, Marina Rocks settles into delivering a musical array of sound and style. In a shortlist of “one’s to watch,” Marina Rocks belongs in an elite subgroup entitled “no, I really mean it.”
Lee Zimmerman in The Daily Ripple...
The single 'Joy Ride' from Marina Rocks - Austin to Houston
"The effusive energy occasionally brings to mind the sunny sounds of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” with hints of Taj Mahal and Keb Mo tossed in for good measure, yet at the same time, there’s no mistaking the confidence and clarity that resonates with every measure."
Bart Verlent in Luminous Dash (BE) ...
Marina, despite her suggestive last name, is not a typical rock chick; she makes convincing songs in which we hear influences from Melissa Etheridge, Edie Brickell and Eva Cassidy. Hopefully with this album she gets the attention of a big record company, because she certainly deserves that..
Ulrich Mauer in Gaesteliste (DE) .....
"This is a brilliant record"
Eigen Beheer in Written In Music (BE) ....
Album review ...Marina Rocks - Austin to Houston ( 4 stars)
"Musically Marina Rocks comes close to Lucinda Williams and that has not only to do with the rough vocals, they are particularly fine roots
Texas Blues Magazine
" She weilds a guitar like Darth Vader would weild his light sabre. With lightin speed and laser-sharp precision, she can pierce the ego of most any guitar warrior who dares threaten her turf. And she can sing her ass off."
"She`s beautiful..she`s petite..and she`s dangerous! Her name is marina..and she`s bad to the bone.
"Definitely not your ordinary girl singer/guitar player."
"Her style could be referred to SRV meets Steve Vai...possesing a natural ' killer intinct".
Houston Music News
Night Moves Magazine
"The fans love marina.Little blond chick who positively wails on the guitar and sings her heart out."
" Marina was born & raised in Austin,Texas.where her mother took her to hear great acts like Waylon, & Jerry Jeff. Marina cut her teeth on a 3/4 zize Stella guitar and has`nt looked back. her originals aren`t the sappy relationship tunes you expext from female songwriters - but tunes like 'TVm", a song unlikely to get air time on MTV with lyrics like "TVm" at your door,selling you their dirty little war..."
(TVm charted @ # 2 on Texas Top 40.com)
REVIEW BY: RACHEL CHOLST
GREG FORREST MUSIC OFFICE.com...
"She has bigger balls than most men guitarists I know. She has a great fluid style and her staccato riffs have a precision not seen with sloppy wankers like myself. This woman is a true player with a great future ahead of her".
"Bad-Ass Rock- It`s not a guy thing any more"