Fortuna POP! presents
Mark Mulcahy + The Left Outsides
Wednesday 28th August, Doors 8pm
The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Nearest tubes : King's Cross / Angel
Tel : 020 7837 5387
Advance: £11.50 from We Got Tickets / £14 Door
Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of Miracle Legion, the American alt-rock band of the late 80s, early 90s who were signed to Rough Trade and who counted both the young Thom Yorke and Michael Stipe among their fans. Following the demise of the band Mark’s solo career began with Fathering, an album that received universal praise including Album Of The Month in Uncut and Album Of The Week in The Guardian and featured the track “Hey Self Defeater” which was featured in Nick Hornby's book 31 Songs.
From there followed albums Smilesunset and In Pursuit Of Your Happiness and huge critical acclaim for both his songwriting prowess and his remarkable voice. But in 2008 he put everything on hold to look after his children following the tragic death of his wife. To assist him through these troubled times many of his long-time fans in the music industry banded together to record an album of his songs, the result being 2009’s Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes of Stipe, Yorke, Frank Black, Mercury Rev and Dinosaur Jr.
Mark’s eagerly anticipated forthcoming album, Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You is to be released on Fire Records in June, his first studio release since 2005. Following an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2012 at the invitation of long-time admirers The National, Mark returns to the UK in August for a brief series of shows including End Of The Road festival.
“His songs cast their spell long after the record's finished, scratching away at your subconscious until you go back of your own volition.” (Peter Paphides, The Observer)
THE LEFT OUTSIDES
The Left Outsides seamlessly mix their love of the whimsical, English psychedelia of Syd Barrett, with the icy and ethereal european folk of Nico, the drones of Ben Chasney’s Six Organs of Admittance and the introspection of Elliot Smith, all done in a subtle, understated way. Their music evokes that nether-world between wakefulness and sleep.
Formed in 2007, from the ashes of new psychedelic folkers 'The Eighteenth Day of May' (Rykodisc), the Left Outsides are Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, a duo from London, England. Following a string of self released, limited edition lo-fi CDR albums recorded by the duo in their home studio, they released their debut album 'And Colours in Between' on the Oxford based Transistor label in 2008. A 7" single 'The Third Light' followed, released by Hi-Beat records in 2009.
A trip to a 'proper' studio resulted in a new album 'The Shape of Things to Come' mixed by Martin Noble (British Sea Power) and Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis) released as a digital download on xemu records in February 2013. Their sound has expanded and a more textured psychedelic set of songs has emerged. But with it, the introspective hypnotic folk with an unnerving edge remains.
Mark previously served in 'acid expressionists' of Arrowe Hill and Alison's considerable viola skills have been put to good use in numerous British bands including Saloon and Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts.
"The Left Outsides are the sound of frost on overgrown abandoned train tracks; of sepia tinted photographs and delicious nights in by the fire with an old David Crosby song on the stereo... beautiful hipsters crouching in the shadows of 1960’s loft parties, dreaming of a Pop coloured gentle revolution" (Tangents)