Mark Austin Band

Mark Austin Band

Cosmic Trigger


Mark Austin Band somehow avoids being pigeonholed as a “jam-band,” although they have all the traits of the HORDE guys: lengthy solos, dubious lyrics (witness the album title) and, most likely, a love for mushrooms. However, they’re so utterly jazzy; they got all these brass things going and they end up resembling a fusion-endorsed Grateful Dead with Santana sitting in for Garcia, and with Tower of Power jamming away on one side of the stage. This is on the good songs. On the bad ones, they merely resemble Blood Sweat and Tears.

Most of this is surprisingly good stuff, though. They’re super proficient musicians, and while they definitely don’t know when to hold back (there’s a drum solo on here, dammit), their playing is often irresistibly clever, pulling the songs forward and upwards, and constantly raising the energy level until it all climaxes and explodes. The songwriting doesn’t always take front seat and the album suffers from it. But when it all comes together, on tracks like “Low Clouds Roll,” “Wheels” and “Journey Without Distance,” the result is overpowering and energetic.

Mark Austin Band:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Soul Understated
    Soul Understated

    Soul Understated was a swizzle stick of jazz, funk, pop with a dash of Radiohead in the delightful DC cocktail.

  • Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu
    Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu

    That Trip We Took With Dad is the debut feature by acclaimed Romanian short film director Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu. Generoso Fierro sat down with Lǎzǎrescu during SEEFest to discuss the comedy and drama within the adaptation of her deeply personal family story for the screen.

  • Aware

    The Book Of Wind (Glacial Movements). Review by Carl F Gauze.

  • BANG: The Bert Berns Story
    BANG: The Bert Berns Story

    The music biz collides with the mob in this documentary chronicling the fast and dangerous life of legendary ’60s songwriter, producer, record mogul, Bert Berns.

  • The Suicide Commandos
    The Suicide Commandos

    Time Bomb (Twin/Tone). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tricot

    3 (Topshelf Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Bush

    One of the most successful rock bands of the ’90s attracted thousands of fans to its recent Orlando concert. Christopher Long was there.

  • New Found Glory
    New Found Glory

    New Found Glory celebrate 20 years of Pop Punk with a string of sold-out intimate dates at The Social. Jen Cray was there for night two.

  • Plasmatics – Live! Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes 1978-81
    Plasmatics – Live! Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes 1978-81

    Raw video documentation of the Plasmatics evolution from buzzy punk band at CBGB’s to pyrotechnic madness at Bond’s Casino.

  • Vanessa Collier
    Vanessa Collier

    Meeting My Shadow (Ruf Records). Review by Michelle Wilson.

From the Archives