Self-described as “indie bedroom-pop with psychedelic, classical and jazz influences,” local band Dad Bod has greatly progressed as musicians since their modest beginnings in 2018. The band’s current lineup consists of Michael Marinos on vocals, guitar and synth, Matthew Marinos on bass, Marcus Marinos on the drums and Ben Ostler on lead guitar.

With wavy melodies similar to the likes of Mac DeMarco, the band draws inspiration from those in a similar hazy, indie genre, but also artists from varying musical backgrounds, such as George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac, Herbie Hancock and Bill Withers. While one song might relay more disco-type vibes, another song could appear more along the lines of DeMarco’s lo-fi, psychedelic licks.

Dad Bod initially garnered recognition through playing underground shows. “We were playing almost like ‘You gotta pay your dues’ kind of shows,” Michael says. With the hope to draw in a larger crowd by releasing music online, the band released their first single, “Truth,” in 2018. “That was one of the first songs we ever wrote together. It has a lot of meaning to us because of that and because it’s pretty well-received. People like to tell us that’s their favorite track,” says Michael.

In 2019, the band was scheduled to release their first EP, but felt as though it wasn’t representative of their current sound. Looking to older tracks, Michael recognizes how much the band has grown since then. “There so much we didn’t know,” he says. “It’s cool to look back and be like, ‘Man, we’ve come pretty far.’” 

Progressing both in their live-show performances and their ability to create more refined, personalized sounds, the band continues to flourish, both musically and individually. “We’ve been a lot more unapologetic just being ourselves and having faith as musicians and songwriters, but also just as people,” Michael says. He comments that growing as a person, not just in a musical setting, is necessary as you’re then able to discover what you love and what’s important to you, which then translates to the band’s sound. “All of us in the band would agree we’ve become more ourselves and more confident,” he says.

Find Dad Bod on Instagram @officialdadbod and their website, dadbod.fr. If social distancing measures continue to lift, the band also hopes to perform shows in June and July.


Thanks for listening to SLUG Mag Soundwaves.

 Dad Bod is on Bandcamp, Instagram, Twitter, and on their own site.

  • This podcast was created by SLUG Magazine and produced by Angela H. Brown, Parker Scott Mortensen
  • Associate Producers: Alexander Ortega, Joshua Joye, John Ford, Bianca Velasquez, Connor Lockie
  • Executive Producer: Angela H. Brown
  • Music by Dad Bod
  • Soundwaves logo and art design by Nicholas Dowd
  • Photo courtesy of Michael Marinos.

Discover more:

Episode #343 – Martian Textilez

Episode #343 – Martian Textilez

Over the last decade Martian Textilez has been working on himself. From relationships to friendships to his own sense of masculinity, Textilez’ sees opportunity for growth in almost everything.  … read more

Episode #342 – PETR Chubak

Episode #342 – PETR Chubak

After years spent in his last project angrily expressing his relationship to depression, bipolar, anxiety and suicide, Teague Chubak realized he was only reinforcing the feelings he was trying to recover from. PETR Chubak became Chubak’s new avenue for tackling these topics, now through a lens of positivity and a desire to be understood rather than merely heard.   … read more

Episode #341 – World’s Worst

Episode #341 – World’s Worst

World’s Worst released their eponymous EP in April, and the album’s themes of feeling stuck and rudderless hit different in the time of quarantine.  … read more

Episode #340 – PK Opal

Episode #340 – PK Opal

Glittering Serpent, the first full-length from PK Opal, speaks to the current political moment and how queer art should resist capitalist production. … read more

Episode #339 – Commander Salamander

Episode #339 – Commander Salamander

On Commander Salamander’s debut album, Confidential Crocodile, the band spins an epic yarn about a brave Salamander who journeys ancient Egypt to restore balance to the world. … read more

Episode #338 – MSKING

Episode #338 – MSKING

The ability for two ideas to simultaneously contradict each other and still be true—this is at the heart of MSKING’s music. … read more