How did Two Cities come into being?
Two Cities [Mags & Mark] was formed backstage, while on tour, in the winter of 2014 at an after-show gathering in Hamburg.
The defining moment happened, when Mark first heard Mags sing her own unaccompanied take on Damien Rice’s ‘I remember’ – he was sold on the idea of forming a band there and then.
After a couple of nights convincing Mags – Two Cities was formed…..
“Sometimes you just hear a voice, but it’s another thing to hear a voice & in that moment be able to hear all of the music around it” – Mark F.
Where did the name Two Cities come from?
As the band wrote most of their music back & forth between Dublin & London, never being in the same place at the same time while writing – it was easy see how the name Two Cities came about…….
The initial demo versions of Two Cities were all sketched out across the water between Dublin and London, as work and commitments made it difficult for the two band members to be in the same place at the same time.
The musical process started with Mags writing the lyrics in her apartment in Dublin and sending audio files from her phone across to Mark in his studio in London. The audio files sent would consist of just a verse & a chorus with a melody. Mark would then write the music around it and send it back to Mags to complete the lyrics with a musical platform to then work from.
From there, both Mags & Mark spent the next year of 2015 writing and recording from Dublin, London, Berlin & Cologne to form the sound of the band.
What’s on the Two Cities stereo?? Where do they draw their musical influences from?
Two Cities are influenced by such bands as Bat for Lashes, Fleetwood Mac, Feist, Haim, The XX, to name a few. Mags and Mark put their heads together on who they wanted to feature with them on the tracks and have been lucky enough to invite the following musicians to record and help them deliver the sonic vision of Two Cities.
Featured Musicians on the Two Cities recordings-
The Keys and Synths were recorded by Steve Pringle. Currently Steve is working with Michael Kiwanuka touring and promoting his Mercury-nominated second album “Love and Hate”. Other artists he has worked with recently include Rea Garvey, Nick Mulvey, Andreya Triana, Kate Earl, The Metropole Orchestra and Joss Stone.
The electric guitar, along with Marks acoustic recordings, were recorded by Carlos Garcia. Carlos has played live and in the studio with artists including John Newman, Paolo Nutini, Ryan Tedder, Nerina Pallot, Ella Eyre, Rea Garvey, Justin Hawkins and The Ceremonies.
Finally, the drums and percussion were recorded by none other than Bat for Lashes drummer, Alex Reeves. He has also played live and in the studio for artists as diverse as Dizzee Rascal, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Guy Garvey and Nick Cave.
What can we expect from Two cites late 2016, early 2017?
Mags & Mark are excited about the road ahead for Two Cities and are looking forward to getting out on to the stage and bringing these tracks to life in front of a live audience.
“Cracks”, “Rise & Fall” & “Waiting there for you” are the band’s first musical chapter of many.
Two Cities will be coming to a venue near you so keep an eye out online for tickets, early previews of songs and join them on the start of an amazing musical journey!!
Two Cities – Cracks
Two Cities – Love In Your Arms
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