BALTIMORE, MARYLAND & LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Masha and the Fam are raising a large flag in wind, setting the signal and put us on 'Notice'!
The indie alt sextuplet, swing eighth notes and break the barriers of conventionality with their full-bodied opus, complete with horns, raging guitars and pounding piano.
With the message that we have our power of choice: we have the power to break down our barriers of negativity
Masha Alexis (lead vocals, keys), Paul Watts (guitar), Servio Maldonado (bass), Kyle Dombroski (drums), Max Maynard (trumpet) and William James Carter III (saxophone) comprise Masha and the Fam; a collective of extraordinary musicians who side step genre boundaries to produce enticing and exciting soundscapes.
Lead by Alexis (the main songwriter of the group), Fam is churning out a dazzling new era in song from their LA jam space. The music is a rousing, alt rock orchestral offering - inviting the listener to join them. ‘The Fam’ earned its moniker from Carter after Alexis dubbed their rehearsals: “family meetings”. And the groups’ coming together and creating ultimately laid the foundation for the summer release, After Dark.
Having formed not long before the pandemic of 2020, the Fam were woven together by Alexis; a musician having grown up a performer. It was her extensive training in choral music at the Peabody Conservatory, Russian liturgical music vocals, and operatic vocals during her college years mashed with her time as a professional dancer that brought Alexis to LA, where she rediscovered her musical roots. In what she calls a “life changing moment”, Alexis was afforded the chance to work with producer extraordinaire, Anthony Marinelli. Her debut EP Conkling Street (an homage to her hometown of Baltimore) was born after years of providing back-up vocals for artists and at the encouragement of her renowned vocal coach, Rachael Lawrence.
Soon after, Alexis would enlist like-minded and talented musicians to create Masha and the Fam as we know them today. The break of live music during the pandemic ushered a new sonic soundscape for the band to harness and explore. “These people and their energy created something so great, we decided to stay together,” she says.
“Notice” would go on to incorporate a global scale of cataclysmic events happening in real time across the United States. “This isn’t about any one particular issue, but ‘when will you notice’,” says Alexis, adding: “When will you stop looking for someone else to fix ‘it’ and get out there and take action. There’s a lot of anger and frustration in this song, but there’s also a touch of hope. To me, this is the trumpet, it gives us that bit of hope through the loss and despair and helps us know that change is possible.”
The orchestral, cinematic, larger than life “Notice” trumpeteers an exciting introduction of Masha and the Fam to the indie music community. They’ve put us all on notice that they’re here. To stay.
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