The Mark of Cain play hard ball

Un-sung heroes among music are somewhat of a growing occurrence within the industry. Those who have fought and struggled with a scene that is a fickle bitch mistress at the best of times, usually end up on the way side disillusioned with their lot. Or they persevere. They continue to sharpen and hone their sound in order to deliver us from the numbing lures that are produced by the pop mainstream and their corporate benefactors by the methods of market saturation. It could be said that these bands form part of the last front against an ever growing tide of music slowly set on commercial dominance via the death of artistic identity and integrity.


"Bands out at the moment, they get their clothes and moves down onstage before they've even got any music. Its so product based these days," says The Mark of Cain's front man John Scott.


"There's a whole bunch of kids who know fuck all who are into the dark make-up and ‘emo' rock. If they (the music industry) can find bands to sell them, they'll sell them. Idol was the perfect example of the record industry finally finding out the best way to market. Put a dozen odd people in front of Australia and pick the one everyone likes and make a record out of them. Its pure genius really isn't it? I rail against it and get really angry then I have to remind myself that some us that do it do it as an art, some of us are entertainers. There's the art and then the entertainer.


"Some entertainers are good and you got to give them their dues but some are just total fuckheads."


Adelaide three-piece known as The Mark of Cain have always been in the thick of things as far as these issues are concerned. It can be truly said of them that they have taken a stand and spat in the face of the corporate collective in just a sheer act of defiance. From their initial incarnation, these three have always presented an act that has both captivated and reigned supreme in a career that has spanned fifteen years and now is apparently is as strong as ever.


"I think we really were firm believers that if you really believed the mountain would come to you it.


Scott continues on to say,


"It was the idea we always stuck to our guns. We didn't believe we needed to move outside of Adelaide to the east coast to do well. We were never going to be huge because we don't cater for commercial taste and its niche market that we do.


"Kim and I always wanted have a music out there that we would walk into a pub and want to listen to. Like if we heard the strains of the music walking down the street and we'd go in to listen to the band. Something that appealed to those abit disconnected, lonely and confused as we did when we were younger and probably still do now."


Now set to engage in a national tour (after a two year hiatus) which they have dubbed "Rock against Apathy" in mid January, the three piece are ready to let loose their unique brand hard ball rock that saw them dominate the scene in the late nineties and early two thousands once more.


"I was aware the last time we played (2003) that it could be our last time for a long time and I really enjoyed myself. Made sure I enjoyed every little moment of it. I remember the last few gigs I "took the time to smell the roses" as they say. We kept on saying on the web site that we'd tour each year and we just couldn't get around to it. Just too flat chat. Finally our manager said 'alright I'm going to pick some dates that way you'll tour.'"


"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be really good. There's no driving reason why we have too do it. It's just that we want go out and enjoy ourselves."


With an arsenal of audio shockwaves both new and old set to be unleashed on the up and coming tour, it looks set for The Mark Of Cain to lay to waste the urban sprawl once again. It's a long awaited musical Armageddon that some would say couldn't come soon enough.

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