Mark John is an alt-rock duo from England comprising Mark Race (Rhythm guitar / Vocals) with Richards Woods (Lead Guitar).
Mark John – Long Time Coming – artwork
Having earned stripes as a busking and pub project Mark John has deservedly gained traction, resulting in the début three track single Long Time Coming being released on the 20th of May.
The opening track – Stay Awhile is an acoustic number, which displays the emotive connections and the vocal reach of Mark Race.
The middle track – Long Time Coming, offers more intricate instrumentation, sliding gently into a bridging blues-rock-folk number which adds the dimension of piano and bowed strings into the mix.
The concluder – Let It Out despite being the longest track is the punchiest and inevitably my pick of the release as the rolling beat jogs around the room.
Word also arrives Mark John may well extend the line-up in due course, replacing the drum machine in recording and lack of drums in live performance. I look forward to that development and aim to keep you updated in the future of a talented song-writing duo who add much to the world of music.
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The English introspective-rock trio The Everglows were first introduced in 2014.
It is always an intrigue to keep track of bands during their evolution, some spring into lightness, others become more encased in brooding menace. The Everglows are a band who have changed from the Brighton Scooter Rallies of scampering mod-rock to an ill-tempered darkness which lays like a drying leather strap across the chest restraining a subject of water-boarding.
A dank cloaking dampened guitar chokes the breath whilst the bass wheels into the ears as an insistent percussion plays for time and the vocal greedily applies sponges to the face allowing the full force of a drowning dousing of water to fill the nostrils with spluttering desperate gasps that cling to life.
Let It Be evokes of the stifling of free thought process in the ’10s as their music has become more doom laden over only two years of progress. In a world in which to disagree with the 1% is to be a terrorist and duly tortured as, The Everglows, reflect of a world of socio-democracy which now takes the STASI record keeping of East Germany as a guideline principal and the concepts of Orwell’s 1984 as a rule of thumb of ‘good behaviour’.
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