Hometown: Tampa, FL
Management: Brent Cayson
Some bands defy classification. No genre can hold Marksmen. Some bands quite simply cannot be easily pigeonholed by buzz words thrown together by music writers. Alt-country. Dark southern rock. Proto-prog. How can you easily describe a group that combines hard-driving rhythms, guitars that alternately shred and jangle, and a frontman whose distinctive warble delivers equally unforgettable, emotionally naked lyrics?
Matt Segallos bare his soul with every lyric. His universally relatable musings on the light and dark sides of life, love, and spirituality filter through rich imagery and vivid storytelling characteristic of the most veteran lyricists. The rest of the band create perfectly complimentary music to match Matt's words, slumbering or soaring appropriately, and expertly exhibiting their song-craft.
In person, Marksmen inspire and awe their audience with equal power to their incredible debut album, "Sister of Mine." After only a short two years in the gritty Tampa, FL music scene, Marksmen are winning the love of not only local radio stations, newspapers and music blogs, but also many, many fans.
"Marksmen is THE next band, bar none. Their present talent is equaled only by their potential to create unequaled music in the future. And having heard rough cuts of tracks off their upcoming full length, you have no idea what you’re in for.
For Lovers of Love (and potential fans of the love child of Manchester Orchestra, Band of Horses, and Kings of Leon)."
Ohio James - itunes
"The Tampa Music sceen is really coming around with bands like The Marksmen."
Jake Moore - REAX Magazine
"Marksmen bring big commercial sound with a local budget."
97X Next Big Thing - Next Big Thing
"Fans of My Morning Jacket and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will probably dig Marksmen's new EP. Don't Make a Move is a more revved-up and rocking version of the demo track from which their new name came, The Marksman. Title track The Blue and Grey is 5-1/2 minutes of anthemic Southern rock. And Conformity is a lovely, sunny folk collab with Geri X."
TBT (Tampa Bay Times) - Artist of the Day
"A southern folk-rock foursome peppered with doses of Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket and especially The Thrills, Marksmen played first on Saturday. If you're into local music, they've got two of the catchiest singles you'll hear all fall: Don't Make a Move and The Blue and the Grey (you can hear both songs on their MySpace). Burly, bearded frontman Matt Segallos has a pleasantly sonorous Southern warble (not far from Conor Oberst territory) to go with a borderline unhinged electricity onstage. And I've got to give it up for drummer Reed Murray, who crushed the kit on the thundrous outro to Arizona."
Jay Cridlin - TBT (Tampa Bay Times)
“The Blue and the Grey EP
"Fresh Tampa four-piece Marksmen fuses hard roots and dark Southern rock in their inaugural recording, a solid 25-minute work marked by resounding rhythms and a vocalist whose wails are dosed heavily with raw longing. Singer-songwriter Geri X makes an appearance midway through for “Conformity Is Key,” a pretty acoustic ballad with the ironic refrain, “You’re too caught up inside of your idealistic mind / conformity is key / when love is what you seek / and you shall find, eventually, eventually.””
Leilani Polk - Creative Loafing