Who is MAKARI? After one listen through their upcoming EP, See Dreams, (out September 10th), it is clear that they are a six piece unit sent straight from the progressive-rock heavens. With a unique and out of this world vibe, MAKARI's music has an unmatched sound with reminiscence of Circa Survive, As Cities Burn and Tides Of Man.
Formation came naturally for the Tampa, FL base band, MAKARI. They came together sporadically in 2011 before going on tour under the name of Brandon and Lindsay’s previous project. “Eric, Kevin and I had played music together since high school, so when the opportunity came to work together again it just seemed natural. Soon after, John joined the band through his friendship with Lindsay,” stated Matt. “We had a very strong connection.” This was when MAKARI finalized their line-up and began their creative takeover.
Don’t let their forming in 2011 make you second guess their success. Last year MAKARI put together a hometown Christmas show and immediately sold it out. They’ve had the honor of working with Tilian Pearson (Tides of Man, Dance Gavin Dance), shared the stage with some of their genres biggest acts including We The Kings, La Dispute, Memphis May Fire, The Dangerous Summer, Go Radio and Set It Off and even completed and funded an entire US tour with no label backing.
MAKARI’s upcoming release, See Dreams, is a beautifully composed five song EP that purely engages your curiosity. “See Dreams reflects our fascination with how the moon and the sea work together to keep everything going,” says Eric. “We wanted to write something youthful but also something beautiful.” The band called on the one and only Brooks Paschal (VersaEmerge, The Academy Is…) to record the EP in Tyler, TX.
“We want to play our music around the world and get a chance to see the world through music. We want to have kids quote our lyrics and be someone that kids look up to like we did when we were younger,” says Eric. “We can’t believe that in such a short time together, that we have made this amount of friends and fans.”
Be careful. After one listen to MAKARI’s music, you’ll refuse to rest until you see their bursting chemistry and heart racing energy onstage. With plans to meet the rest of the world you can certainly expect to see MAKARI’s alluring presence on a stage near you soon.