Gabriel the Marine is a
Long Island rock band known for lush music with orchestral jazz
influences. Founded in 2008, the band has garnered praise from
the likes of Spin Magazine and played several rock festivals
while releasing a demo called "Gabriel the Marine" and an EP
titled "Your Friends and Loved Ones". Current members are lead
singer and guitarist Michael Desmond, singer, pianist and
violinist Dylan Ebrahimian, Dominick D'Agostino on guitar, Jesse
Lyons on bass, and Tom Davis on drums.
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In 2007, neighbors Dylan Ebrahimian and Michael Desmond decided
to write songs together despite having fought often when
younger. Ebrahimian took members from another band he was in,
The Farewell Effect, and they began playing in a Bayville
church. They put up a song, “The Invocation of Gabriel”, on
Myspace, while they worked on their actual material. In February
of 2008, the band debuted those songs and the name "Gabriel the
Marine" at Village South Pub.
The band went into the studio in April of 2008 with Nick Zinnati
to record their self-titled demo. On the EP were the tracks
"Maybe Baby", "The Gold Coast", "Twilight in the Sun", and
"Lovely Bones". The two other members, drummer John Leibold and
guitarist Craig Kleila left the band for college before the EP
was released. After some searching the band announced in October
of 2008 that Dominick D'Agostino and Tom Davis would be joining
With Mark Herburger on bass, Gabriel recorded an EP produced by
Mike Watts. Because of the great support the band received from
family and friends, they titled it "Your Friends and Loved
Ones". After posting the songs online the band caught the
attention of Spin Magazine, which described them as "Jimmy Eats
World meets The Decemberists". Absolutepunk praised their
orchestral sound as phenomenal rock.
The band performed at the 2009 Bamboozle Festival and Spin
Magazine named them one of the 15 "Must Hear" bands of the
festival. Later that month Robbie Hassett replaced bassist Mark
Herburger. Soon after, Gabriel went on a US summer tour with A
Love Like Pi, Theatre Breaks Loose, and Asteria. They also
played shows opening for The Deer Hunter and The Sleeping.
In the fall the band officially released "Your Friends and Loved
Ones" which was well received critically. Newsday praised their
storytelling ability and tender post-emo musicality. The track
“The Ocean” was featured on the television show “Keeping Up With
In October of 2009 Gabriel played the CMJ Music Marathon and
recorded the set. The recording was released in December of that
year by Purevolume and was entitled, “Live at the Purevolume
In December, the band opened for Danish indie rock band Mew for
a portion of their North American tour after winning a contest.
Later that month Gabriel opened the Christmas party of Sons
Modern that featured the influential band Glassjaw.
The next month the band launched a tour of the east coast with
Ocean is Theory and John Nolan. Robbie Hassett left the band
soon afterward and Gabriel spent the next few months writing new
songs and looking for a replacement. Jesse Lyons came on as the
new bassist in April 2010. Also at that time the band signed
with Strong Management.
In May 2010 Gabriel played the Bamboozle festival for the second
year in a row. They also did a northeast tour with the band
Hotspur. The next month Gabriel opened for Taking Back Sunday in
Chicago as part of their June tour.
Gabriel the Marine continues to play shows and is currently
working on their debut album.