Malbec (band)

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Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Rock
Years active 2003–2010
Labels Songs Music Publishing, Double O Buffalo
Associated acts Richard Gibbs, Tony Fagenson, Foster The People, The Knux, OneRepublic, Speakerbomb, BEGINNERS
Past members Pablo Signori
Samantha Barbera
Nick Ruth
Sidney Miller
Mark Pontius

Malbec is a Los Angeles-based rockhip-hoppop band, formed in 2003. They claim to be one of the first few bands to integrate sequenced hip-hop beats with modern pop stylings; their musical style includes influences from Southern hip hop, Britpop, classical compositions and folk music.[1]


They have toured with Mutemath, Mat Kearney, OneRepublic,[2] Under the Influence of Giants, Phantom Planet, Rock Kills Kid, Copeland, The Knux, and Tally Hall.[3][4]

In 2007, they signed a publishing deal with Songs Music Publishing[5] and have since appeared on a number of TV shows and movie soundtracks, including One Tree Hill, Flight of the Phoenix, Long Way Round, The Omen, Palo Alto and in the episode "Chuck vs. the Colonel" in NBC's Chuck.[6][7] They are also featured on Fox's show VIP Passport, Kyle XY, Dirty Sexy Money,[8] My Best Friend's Girl.[9] Malbec also recorded "Given the Times" in Simlish for the 2007 Electronic Arts game The Sims: Pet Stories 2. They have also had placements in MTV's "16 & Pregnant" "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" as well as ABC Family's 2011 show, "The Lying Game."

Malbec released two EPs, working with producers Richard Gibbs and Rick Parker and drummer and songwriter Tony Fagenson. Malbec released a self-produced full-length Dawn of Our Age in March 2008.

From December 2008 to April 2009, Malbec released a series of five EPs in five months, called the Answering Machine EPs. They wrote, recorded and released a new EP every month.

In 2010, they were featured on The Knux EP entitled "F@&k You" on the song "Fruits," which they co-wrote with The Knux.

They parted ways with their original drummer, Mark Pontius, in December 2009, but the rest of the band continued working on a new full-length album in 2010. Pontius went on to be in a band called Foster The People,[10] which was nominated for MTV's VMA award for Best New Artist of 2011. The remaining members of Malbec decided to branch out on their own at the end of 2010 and are now all working on separate projects.

Members and instruments[edit]


Malbec Malbec EP

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Closer" Tony Fagenson 3:42
2. "Blue" Tony Fagenson 3:34
3. "Go" Tony Fagenson 3:50
4. "Solstice" Tony Fagenson 4:30
5. "Rectangle" Tony Fagenson 4:34
6. "Hidden Track" Malbec 4:46

Malbec Keep It A Secret EP

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Given The Times" Richard Gibbs 3:53
2. "The Visit" Rick Parker 3:34
3. "21" Richard Gibbs 3:52
4. "Keep It A Secret" Richard Gibbs 3:34
5. "Given The Times (Simlish Version)" Richard Gibbs 3:56
6. "21 (Acoustic Version)" Malbec 3:52

Malbec Dawn Of Our Age

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Dawn Of Our Age" Malbec 4:37
2. "Irene Song" Malbec 3:03
3. "Summer" Malbec 3:25
4. "Was It" Malbec 3:50
5. "Stranded In The Spotlight" Malbec 4:07
6. "Tell Me" Malbec 3:24
7. "Prison House Poet" Malbec 4:21
8. "Quiet Night, Quiet Places" Malbec  
9. "Consider It Done" Malbec 3:33
10. "Survivor" Malbec 3:39
11. "Heaven" Malbec 2:43
12. "America" Malbec 4:27
13. "Been A While" Malbec 4:08

Malbec Answering Machine EP #1

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro Message" Malbec 0:36
2. "Answering Machine" Malbec 2:50
3. "The Interlude" Malbec 0:42
4. "World Cup" Malbec 4:52
5. "Message from Sid" Malbec 0:30
6. "The Truth" Malbec 3:35

Malbec Answering Machine EP #2

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Story Of A Broken Heart" Malbec 2:42
2. "Jen Message" Malbec 0:35
3. "Falling Off" Malbec 4:16
4. "Free" Malbec 5:00

Malbec Answering Machine EP #3

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Home" Malbec 4:15
2. "Pictures In Magazines" Malbec 2:47
3. "Steven Message" Malbec 0:29
4. "When We See" Malbec 3:50

Malbec Answering Machine EP #4

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Dancing The Night Away" Malbec 3:29
2. "Goon Message" Malbec 0:21
3. "You're Coming Around" Malbec 3:14
4. "Riley Message" Malbec 0:31
5. "Casualty Of Love" Malbec 4:04

Malbec Answering Machine EP #5

  • Double O Buffalo


No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Unus Vita" Malbec 4:21
2. "Pfeffer Message" Malbec 0.11
3. "It Won't Feel Right" Malbec 4:22
4. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" Malbec 3:31
5. "Joseph Message" Malbec 0:33
6. "In The End" Malbec 3:00


  1. ^ "Malbec :: Dawn of Our Age". 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Malbec Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick". 
  4. ^ Bronson, Kevin (Sep 22, 2005). "BUZZ BANDS". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "SONGS Music Publishing". SONGS Music Publishing. 
  6. ^ "Malbec on Chuck". 21 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Chuck: Chuck Versus the Colonel". 
  8. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "My Best Friend's Girl". 19 September 2008 – via Amazon. 
  10. ^ Martens, Todd (June 26, 2011). "Foster the People: Pumped up, indeed". 
  11. ^ "Malbec by Malbec on Apple Music". 1 January 2004. 
  12. ^ "Keep It a Secret - EP by Malbec on Apple Music". 1 January 2007. 
  13. ^ "Dawn of Our Age by Malbec on Apple Music". 2 March 2008. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Answering Machine - EP by Malbec on Apple Music". 1 December 2008. 

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