Marksmen are a four piece from Tampa. The band includes Matt Segallos - guitar and vocals, Chris Brickman - guitar, Glenn Espinoza - bass, and Reed Murray - drummer. Recently, Marksmen brought their blend of indie-alt-rock sound out on the road with Eisley. Here, Reed discusses a bit further about the band known as Marksmen.
1. What made you decide to start a band?
It was never my intention to start a band. I had always wanted to be a part of a project that I believed in and enjoyed playing drums for, but at the same time, the idea of being in a band left me feeling skeptical - it's rare to find other musicians who you completely connect with as people and also have the same musical vision as yourself.
Then Matt and Chris came along. They had been writing together for a short time and had the drive to start this band - a band they wanted me to be a part of. At first I declined due to my other commitments of school and work, but then I listened to various acoustic demos and I was on board.
2. How did everyone meet?
Matt and Chris originally met at a Sam Ash music store in Tampa and began writing together.
At this time, I worked at a Starbucks nearby. Matt and Chris were regular customers at the store. Eventually they heard I was a drummer and they asked me if I would be interested in starting a band with them and I accepted the offer.
I had met Glenn at a pizza place called Mellow Mushroom in Tampa, where he would usually be my server. I heard from friends that Glenn would be a great fit as a bassist, so I asked him and the four of us formed the band, Marksmen.
3. Who are some influences for the band?
I am personally influenced by the drummers of Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers,and Mew.
4. How would you describe the band and its sound?
I feel that we are somewhere between an indie and a rock band.
5. What do you find to be the most difficult thing about being in a band?
The most difficult thing about being in an unsigned band is touring. We've been lucky though, thanks to bands like Anberlin and Eisley, who had been kind enough to take us out to play shows with them in and out of Florida.
6. What are some bands you are currently listening to?
Lately I've been listening to Antlers, Bon Iver, the new Bright Eyes album, the new Thrice, the new St. Vincent, and the new Fleet Foxes.
Some old favourites/favourite records?
Some old favorite albums of mine are "Frengers" Mew, "Transatlanticism" by Death Cab for Cutie, "Clarity" by Jimmy Eat World, "Kid A" by Radiohead, "Parachutes" by Coldplay, "Continuum" by John Mayer, "Hopes and Fears" by Keane, "Beat Romantic" by Talkdemonic and "Sam's Town" by The Killers.
Anything you're looking forward to being released?
I'm very bad with remembering dates of when new albums come out, so there's nothing I'm looking forward to at the moment. I just picked up the new Feist album yesterday though, and I love it, which is the last CD I purchased as of late. Last cd/vinyl/digital purchased?
Last movie you saw & show you went to?
The last movie I saw was Synecdoche, New York and the last show I paid to go see was Death Cab for Cutie in Atlanta with Frightened Rabbit.