There's something undeniably intimate about The Marías. Their sound evokes the velvety sex appeal of the '70s and a nostalgia for feverishly hot summer days by the pool that end with lying on your bedroom floor. María, the band's vocalist and namesake, sums it up in a word, or rather, a color: Red. It, "represents passion, emotion, depth, fire, playfulness," she tells Citizine. "I’d describe our sound as soulful, psychedelic pop music," Josh Conway, the group's drummer and producer, adds with some wavering. "There was never a moment where we said, ‘alright, what’s our sound gonna be?’ There are definitely certain sounds that I find us gravitating towards, but if we don’t know exactly what kind of sound we hear in our heads, we’ll hit refresh and look for something new. It’s tough to choose a genre nowadays."
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Maria and Josh courtesy of The Marias
María credits Conway with helping her adjust to life in Los Angeles. "Being with Josh, who’s native to LA, definitely helped make me feel more at home here," she begins. "His family has become my family. ...We grew up on completely opposite sides of the country with parents who come from completely different backgrounds, yet Josh and I still have so much in common when it comes to our outlook on life and morals."