Minneapolis rock legend, Mark Mallman has created a masterwork that turns the classic concept album on its head. The End Is Not The End was released March 25, 2016 on Polkadot Mayhem. In this age of cynicism, with too many people believing rock is dead, comes a sincere telling of an emotional trial we all must face at some point. Mark Mallman has created a 21st century Scary Monsters, except this time, the good guy wins.
In the summer of 2014, with great uncertainty, Mallman was putting his final touches on a collection of nihilist dance tracks called Nightmares. The album was the true account of recurring terror dreams that had haunted him since losing his mother a year earlier. “The city was closing in on me. I was immersed in tension, and the tension was growing. There was a gang war happening on our block that summer – sirens every night. Sometimes gunfire woke me out of a bad dream, taking me from a bad dream into a bad reality. I would work on the record till my ears wouldn’t stop ringing and pass out from the noise in my head.”
Three bars, two liquor stores, a couple churches, and miles of sprawling hills and fields. Not the background you might expect from Minnesota’s newest bedroom popstar, Sleeping Jesus. The Internet was a distraction for some, but an endless world of exploration in this case. A looking glass into unvisited cities, people, and the brilliance of indie rock. It was like hearing for the first time. The dreamy vocals, hazy weaving melodies, and existential ramblings play out like a series of daydreams more than pop tunes. Maybe an obsession with escapism and a fleeting youth, or simply one getting on.
Beasthead is an electronic indie rock band from Minneapolis, MN. They came together in an effort to create a sound that could speak to the unusually eclectic common ground they found in their shared artistic interests. Drawing from their past musical experiences and current influences, Beasthead’s music “boldly stands apart from much of what is happening in the current Twin Cities music scene” (CITY PAGES, 03/27/14).