shares new single “Mr Bell”
from The Gus out June 7
UK tour dates including End of the Road festival
Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion and Polaris will release his new solo album, The Gus, on June 7 via his own Mezzotint label. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the second single, the piano-led song “Mr. Bell,”. “Mr. Bell is a song about a man who is beloved in spite of his imperfections,” Mark explains, “He takes advantage of the the unshakable faith of his followers, and pushes them to the brink of devoted insecurity again and again.”
Check out the video below which is made up of footage of Donald Trump. Mark says, “The video for Mr Bell shows a man’s timorous walk toward a tentative, unexpected destiny. He tiptoes to the place he must now prove himself to his admirers. The final moments before his promises turn to expectations.”
Long heralded by contemporary luminaries like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and covered by artists such as The National and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Mulcahy refuses to rest on laurels and turn out the same type of album twice. Inspired to “up his lyrical game” while reading a collection of short fiction by George Saunders, The Gus finds the songwriter channelling his eclectic voice and ear for melody into the role of storyteller more than ever before. The result is ten infectious songs that combine Mulcahy’s unique window on the world with stories that absorb listeners more with each spin.
“This album was such an exploration.” Mulcahy explains. “If anyone ever wanted to listen to all the takes we recorded, they’d be there a while.” He and producer Marc Seedorf (J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr.) began with the ambitious notion of recording the entire record with strangers. When that didn’t pan out, Mulcahy turned to regular collaborator Ken Maiuri(Pedro the Lion, B-52s) and others and they eventually found a groove.
“It took some time to get locked in,” Mulcahy admits, “but that made me think of some people and ideas I might not have otherwise.” Those people included Rain Phoenix, who lends her plaintive voice to one of the characters on tragic opener “Wicked World,” J Mascis, who lends his inimitable guitar sound to “What If I Go Off With Bob?”, John Panos (Augustines, Mates of State) and others. Mulcahy lets all of their musical personalities mesh with his instincts as a songwriter for a sound that drips honey, whispers, and rumbles to complement the complex characters found in his stories.
Don’t miss Mark Mulcahy on tour!
Aug 31 – Brighton, The Prince Albert.
Sept 1 – Larmer Tree Gardens, End of The Road Festival
Sept 2 – Bristol, Louisiana.
Sept 4 – Manchester, Gullivers.
Sept 5 – Glasgow, Stereo.
Sept 6 – Newcastle, Cluny 2.
Sept 7 – Sheffield, Greystones.
Sept 8 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club.
Sept 9 – Leicester, The Musician.
Sept 10 – Winchester, The Railway Inn.
Sept 11 – London, Bush Hall.