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A Dirty Dozen with MARC CORTES from HUNGOVER – December 2023

| 9 December 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today Hungover releases their latest groovy pop-rock single “Shake It Off” alongside an upbeat music video and highly anticipated album announcement. The band is releasing their forthcoming album When It Touches The Heart, Everything Resolves on February 16, 2024 via Smartpunk Records. The new track encapsulates the perfect glimpse into the album’s mashup of pop, punk, and rock while the lyrics tell the story of the band’s tumultuous journey of challenges and resilience that has led them to this milestone.” We get singer Marc to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Shake It Off” was one of the first tracks we worked on for the new record. This is probably one of the most straightforward songs on the record, so there’s not really any hidden nuggets here. What you’ll hear on this one is honest pop rock!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I don’t think I ever had a choice. My mom went into labor while she was at a concert and as far back as I can remember music was a necessary part of life. While I don’t come from a family of musicians – I come from one that listens to it all day every day.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Marc Anthony can be credited for my love of flair and all things flashy (yes, I’m even named after him). I can also give a nod to the late Aaron Carter. I saw him perform behind a Wal Mart when I was 7 and I think that sparked my love for DIY / playing music anywhere and EVERYWHERE.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

The Band Camino would be at the top of my list right now. I’ve been obsessed ever since tryhard dropped and they’ve really made me reevaluate how I look at songwriting.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I have an obsession with coffee. If I’m not adding to my coffee bar at home; I’m looking for the newest shop in the area!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

We call it “Pop & Roll!” We’re constantly looking to blur the lines between pop, rock, alternative, pop punk, emo, and everything in between. “Irish Goodbye” got called Math Rock / Midwest Emo a few times. It’s pretty twinkly, but I wouldn’t say it’s technical enough to exist in those spheres.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Sean is absolutely all three.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I got to cut Ginger Minj’s hair earlier this year and that was pretty cool.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I love being able to express myself and experience catharsis through performance. I’m barbering right now and I can’t see myself doing anything else.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I always get fired up when interviewers ask anything about the songwriting process. I could go on and on about that. I don’t really get tired of answering anything. I’m just grateful that people are curious about the music (and us).

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

One time I jumped into the crowd in San Antonio and got tripped up in the mic cable. I’d definitely like to have that one back.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’ve gone on record multiple times saying that Hot Fuss by The Killers is the greatest record of all time. Hearing them breakdown some of these songs during the build to Rebel Diamonds really makes me wish I could have been a fly on the wall during those sessions.

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