Mark Tiarra is a promising progressive rock artist I discovered two months ago with this exciting song, Better Days, released as a single in 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the artist before, Mark Tiarra started his career with a long-play album called; Walking the White Lie (2014). Since then, Mark and his band released two more long-play albums, I Think Therefore I Jam (2017) and Sometimes I Sing (2019), and seven singles; All in Me (2020), Everytime I See Your Face (2020), Secrets Keep Me Warm (2020), I Am My Scars (2020), We’ll Be Waiting (2020), I’ll Come Out Alive (2020), and Better Days (2020). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Mark Tiarra surely is a very impressive artist, making a big difference with his instrumentation, ideas, decisions, intelligent compositions, advanced musicianship, and of course, with his discography. He has taken the best parts of old school hard rock music and blended with prog rock and modern rock elements came up with a fantastic style that suits his charisma, musical character, and voice perfectly. Better Days is a very satisfying song that doesn’t have much in common with anything happening lately (music-wise). Big respect for that. I grew up listening to old school prog rock bands, and his music carries the best parts of them without a doubt. Honestly, when I think about the song in general, it is not that easy to define the style and limit his innovative work here. The musicality of the song is very impressive, besides everything else. It has the necessary story, blended with exceptional guitar licks and soloing. Also, he has the influences of fantastic guitar players such as Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Marco Sfogli here on this track.
Additionally, I loved his vocal work, as well. This song made me feel like he didn’t come up with a standard song idea and added his guitarist identity into it; everything developed at the same time with a beautiful balance between them. The energy is always keeping the listeners’ attention alive until the end. Briefly, great job!