The Quarantined is a Grunge/Funk band that uses multiple vocal styles to create vivid imagery in their emotionally charged, socially critical songs that provide a captivating musical aggression.
All Former students at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, Sean Martin, Kaspars-Lucey Grinbergs, and Alex Diaz (pictured right) met through mutual friends, and decided to start the band in 2010. The band's sound grew through college and internet radio play in 2010-2013. Playing live around Los Angeles everywhere they could, the band embraced their different musical backgrounds by recording at Psycho Monkey Records for months in 2013, which would become their self-titled EP.
In 2014, The Quarantined stayed busy playing shows at bigger local LA venues like the House of Blues-Sunset, Loaded, and Infusion Lounge at Universal Citywalk. Their song, Point the Finger, released by Lucent Records, was nominated by Pure M Magazine (Ireland) for Best International Act in 2015. That year, Sean penned a poignant 8-part blog about the music industry and their challenge of "creating something from nothing", called Music in the Digital Era. They hired director John Rael to make their first music video for "Point the Finger", (edited by Alex).
The lyric video produced by Deviant Multimedia Productions for "The End?!" was nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2016 (recorded with Engineer/Producer Charlie Waymire and producer Brian "Hacksaw" WIlliams of Ultimate Studios Inc.,). Working with super-producer George G1 Archie, The Quarantined released the Antiquate Hate EP soon after. The band received positive press and radio play in 13 countries and US college radio play, as the single "Feeding you lies" was applauded to sound akin to their musical heroes, Rage Against the Machine. Each song remains a haunting, almost prescient display of 5 factors that influence our lives, (love, addiction, religion, politics, and war), and how our existence, influenced by the instinctive protection of those factors, perpetuates the suffering of humanity.
After turmoil in everyones lives after 2017, Sean continued making music, releasing two singles in 2019 from a new album Aversion to Normalcy, with much critical acclaim from the independent press on the early release demos of “Shadow” and “Nemesis (friend of Mine)”, Featuring Jeremy Hicks-Kachick (The Hushdown) on guitars, and Steven Neevs, on drums.
In 2021, a successful crowdfunding campaign with Plaid Dog Records (Boston, MA) supported the release of the singles “One Last Chance”,and “Instagram Hell” and Sean travelled to every open mic he could from Florida to Massachusetts, and back to LA in support of the album to come, Bedroom Inc..
Sean met Lawrence Pool through a mutual friend and immediately found a musical match and kinship in music and life. In late 2022, live performances on social media gained 40,000 views in two months. Recording for a deluxe version of Bedroom Inc. is in process, featuring the distinct sound of organically driven, emotionally charged grunge/funk music.
The Quarantined has unique content that comes from the remarkable lives of its members: Sean and Larry come from distinctly different backgrounds, but share
Singing at 4 years old in community choirs in Fort Bragg, CA, playing guitar at 12, Sean is also a Musician's Institute Alumni of 2012 with an A.A. in Guitar performance/Music industry studies. He is Executive Producing The Quarantined's albums; is the main lyricist, songwriter, and content creator for the band. An award winning vocalist in his high school years, he also placed in Regional and State Honor Choirs. Sean is also a Lenaea award winning writer and actor for a one act play with his High School Theater class called "The Black Widow Project" in 2003 that won Best Docudrama, Directed by Meg Patterson.
Sean served in the US Army Airborne Infantry (with the 3/509th PIR, 4th Brigade, 25th I.D.) from 2004-2007. He was deployed to Iraq in Oct. 2006 - September 2007, where he "got blown up, mortared, shot at; and still did my job". Sean is now a Veterans mental health advocate, and a cannabis advocate as a treatment for PTSD.
Growing up in Cleveland, OH, Larry had talents for many things, but his love for comedy and music drove him to seek excellence in the arts. At 16, playing inmany music endeavors from Pop 40, underground hip hop to marching band, Larry earned his way into touring with George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, and became a part of the P-Funk Universe. After successful years on the road, Larry dove into audio engineering, managing recording studios in his hometown and producing thousands of tracks for Amazon. Larry plays with a finesse and power that catches everyone's ear till they cant help but move.
Working in partnership with Free2Luv.org, The Quarantined is prepared to go viral in more ways than one. Independently owned and operated, The Quarantined is setting a new standard for DIY music on an international scale.
Our new demo “Instagram Hell” is available on Youtube, with our new album “Bedroom Inc.” to become available later in 2023.