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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 hi2015m 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”. He is a pioneer of brainwave EEG/MIDI generated music, as well as the first person in history to webcast a transcontinental non-stop concert.
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 thinkMr. Serious (nickname) was nuts? Hopefully.
Amidst off of this, there’s the matter of Mallman’s anticipated upcoming album which 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.
RONiiA (pronounced Row-nee-a) is Nona Marie Invie (Dark Dark Dark), Mark McGee (Father You See Queen, Marijuana Deathsquads) and Fletcher Barnhill (Joint Custody, FUGITIVE). Together they produce a mysterious world full of departure, rejection, and love made from dark beats and scuffed up synths. Electronic music that is stripped of its gloss, as wildly innovative as it is original.