City and The Sea are well aware that their name spells out the acronym CATS, and they’re cool with that. Cats are nimble and instinctive creatures who are ready to pounce on their next prey.
City and The Sea is a melodic rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. None of them currently own any cats.
Some say the band was abducted by aliens many years ago, shown the ways of interstellar space travel and given the gift of great songwriting. Others say they unearthed an ancient tomb where they discovered the magic of rock ‘n’ roll.
The more believable story is that the members of the band have spent countless hours writing great melodies mixed with hard rock guitars and have played show after show singing them to audiences. Their sound has been compared to the Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, and Smashing Pumpkins.
Hell bent on bringing real rock ‘n’ roll back from the brink, City and The Sea is a force of nature. Lead singer Nick Cino is equal parts Dave Grohl and Chris Robinson, projecting a melodic and strong vocal style usually hidden behind a mane of hair. Jon Daly is the boy wonder on lead guitar – honoring the indie styling of St. Vincent mixed with the riffs of Led Zeppelin, never going on stage without a pair of Chuck Taylors on. Dave Marini is the magic man on bass, born a Leo, and founder of the International Bass Academy of Awesomeness. And behind the skins is the man with the mohawk, Joe Piccolo, the hardest hitting drummer in the Hammer, channeling the ability and dynamics of John Bonham.
“Venture/Trouble” – the new double A-Side from City and The Sea is more of a mission statement than a pair of songs. “Venture” is the stadium-ready rocker, kicking off with a distorted riff before breaking into a chorus even Noel Gallagher wished he’d written. “Trouble” is the pop song, the ass-shaker, already becoming a live favourite. Both songs showcase the band’s ability to write incredibly catchy tunes with heart and a quick punch to the gut. The guitars are loud but the harmonies are sweet.
The new single comes off the success of the ACTION FIGURES EP, released in 2013. The EP spawned two singles “Strange Feeling” and “Living It Up”. City and The Sea hit the scene in 2010 with “Leave A Light On”. That EP’s first single “Fool’s Union” received airplay on MuchMusic and MuchLoud.
The last few years have been a whirlwind of activity: tours of Europe and Canada, showcases in New York City, opening slots for Wide Mouth Mason, Die Mannequin, The Reason and Rusty; a featured slot at Supercrawl 2013, sharing the bill with the likes of Passion Pit, Joel Plaskett Emergency and Fucked Up. Airplay on college and commercial FM stations across Canada (Rock 95 – Barrie/Y108 – Hamilton/FM96 – London/K-Rock – Kingston/The Wolf – Regina/The Bridge – Nelson/Mountain FM – Whistler)
Kids are catching on to their fun and high energy stage show, these guys don’t fool around in the rock ‘n’ roll department. CITY AND THE SEA are ready to believe you!
“Action Figures is a revealing snapshot of a band hitting its stride, toying with the next fork in the road to venture down. Worthy of blasting while cruising the roads of summer, it’s a solid set of rock tracks cut from timeless cloth.” – Open Till Midnight, Toronto
“City And The Sea have tremendous potential. This effort may have been an exercise finding themselves and their sound, they need look no further. These guys have talent and these guys have heart. Expect big things from them” - I Can’t Believe My Earz, Toronto
“Only came across this Canadian band this afternoon, grab a few listens and check out the fuzzy guitar riff in your left hand speaker – That`s definitely some quality mischief in the production department, menacingly hook heavy and deliciously soulful. The lead single `Strange Feeling` is out now on a free download, the forthcoming EP entitled `Action Figures` is due out in 2013 – The A to Z of excellent Hamilton bands has just got one line longer.” - Mojophenia, UK
“Seriously, this is a fun band with a big sound. Turn up the volume and play your best air guitar.” – The DaDaDa, North Carolina
“Hamilton rockers City and The Sea are back with Strange Feeling, the lead single of their forthcoming EP Action Figures, out in early 2013. It’s a straight up in your face rock song, with instantly rememberable hook.” – Here Comes The Flood, Netherlands
“This single, Strange Feeling, equips their Rock’ N Roll melodic hooks with a layer of blasting harmonies. I am especially fond of the ending of the tune, where the grungy guitar unison leads to the ending with an overdriven guitar solo. It’s a perfect moment to show off your air guitar skill.” – Music Psychos, Toronto