Rock singer and guitarist Thomas Hill put together the band Marion Crane to “fully bring out the nightmare in my head”. Marion Crane is the soundtrack to that nightmare. They are available for record, publishing and management deals.
It all started when Thomas Hill moved from his home state of Ohio (“the serial killer capital”, as he calls it) to the beaches of Jacksonville, Florida in early 2008. Late that summer, Hill recorded a 4 song EP at Martell Productions in Kingsland, Georgia, with music veteran Bobby Amaru (Burn Season) laying down the drum tracks, Stan Martell mixing and producing, and Hill doing the rest (vocals, guitars, bass).
The response to the new material was immediate. Songs like ‘Illegitimate’ and ‘No Exit’ were already being aired on several internet radio stations before and the EP was released on iTunes.
As the music started to spread to fans across the internet, Hill began quietly recruiting the best-of-the-best in the Jacksonville music underground. Enter lead guitarist Jasper Judge - a well-travelled and multi-talented engineer who’s playing style was a perfect fit for the Marion Crane sound. Being a veteran of several other groups, he immediately made an impact on the band, perfectly complimenting its sound with his ethereal leads and tortured guitar lines.
Also joining at the same time were two other veterans of the Jacksonville music scene, firstly bassist Mitch Gregory, who had previously played with Judge, and then a young but well-rounded percussionist called Adam Tillis.
The band then hit the road to spread the music to as many fans as possible, blanketing the Northern Florida music scene. In just a few months, word-of-mouth quickly spread about this new rock band from Jacksonville called Marion Crane, and fans were drawn to their shows in their hundreds.
In May of 2009, the band had the honour of performing at the 7th Annual Lex & Terry Ticket to Ride at Adamec Harley Davidson in Jacksonville, in support of the Autism Society of America. Not only did they donate their time to the good cause, their live show also impressed both Lex & Terry who decided to showcase Marion Crane on their nationally syndicated radio show. Needless to say, the classics ‘Illegitimate’ and ‘No Exit’ were both aired.
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