There is a line between insanity and genius that indie superhero, Mark Mallman has built a career on. His solid songwriting and wild stage persona have earned him opening spots on stages with artists as diverse from Cat Power to Green Day to Guided by Voices to name a fraction. Mallman’s expansive catalog of infinitely catchy and masterfully orchestrated, boot stomping pop songs has rocked the airwaves of MTV, VH1, NPR, and dozens of major motion picture trailers and video games.
He's been written about by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, USA Today, Wired, NME, The Toronto Star, Chicago Sun-Times, the Denver Post and so on. He’s a featured contributor to the “Music Theory for Dummies” series alongside Bob Moog, John Cage and Andrew Bird. He is a composer for film and television, most recently Lion's Gate's zombie romp, “Bite Me”.
However, despite this substantial list of credits, he's also been characterized as a madman numerous times, by numerous sources, over the years. Possibly for his “Elton Johnny Rotten” live show. But most likely Mallman actually is a mad genius for staging four of his “Marathon” events over the years, including a non-stop, non-sleep 78-hour song with 576-pages of lyrics, all live from his hometown’sTurf Club in an endurance exercise much more akin to John Cage than David Blaine. Did the 110 musicians and over 25,000 people who tuned into the internet broadcast during its peak think Mr. Serious (nickname) was nuts? Hopefully.
Then on 2012 Mallman attempted and succeeded at the worlds first transcontinental mobile musical webcast - a 150 hour nonstop musical road trip from New York City to Los Angeles all webcast live from the back of a van.
Amidst off of this, there’s the matter of Mallman’s upcoming new album, Double Silhouette. 10 tracks and 32 minutes of perfection, personifying Mallman’s complex musical approach and dark themes while still managing to showcase the seemingly effortless simplicity we all love from great pop songs.Double Silhouette was recorded at studios in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and in the basement of Mallman’s parent’s house in Waukesha, WI. Mallman claims sonic inspiration from John Lennon’s Double Fantasy and Walls and Bridges albums and from Brian Eno’s production style in the 1970’s.
Hmm, maybe Mallman isn’t such a madman after all.