If you live in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, there’s a handful of names you outta know, even if you aren’t involved with the local music scene. Mark Mallman is one of them.
Imagine you are at a great show, and the band reaches the crescendo at the end of the night; the penultimate build-up to the penultimate climax, and you swear the energy being conjured is so intense that even the walls of First Avenue couldn’t possibly contain it…
…That’s how Mark Mallman starts
Make sure to check out Mark Mallman’s Wikipedia entry to find out about the Marathon 26.2 Hour and 52.4 Hour SONGS he did. And if you ask me, he was robbed for not getting into the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Longest Pop Song”. Trust me though, Mark is able to take that 52.4 hours of energy and squish it all into a half hour show.
The shows are part musical live performance and part…something else. Ever seen someone ride their keyboard like a horse, twirling a microphone cord over his head like a lasso? Ever seen a keyboardist sneak up on his keyboard using a chair to fend off it’s attacks while he plugs it in? Ever see a keyboardist hold his keyboard out to the bass player so she can kick it to make some improv musical effects?
If you haven’t, then you haven’t seen Mark Mallman live. And you really should.
Musically, Mark Mallman mixes Pop Rocks with Orange Fanta and shakes the hell out of it. In other words, a sweet, sticky colorful mess that will haunt you for days. But check it out yourself: you can hear his latest work on his website http://www.mallman.com/, (check out his blog while you’re there…) and you can buy it directly from the (Mall)man himself: http://www.tradebit.com/download.php/826791.
But enough of my caterwauling, you can here the Mallman ramble about himself right here: