F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"Mark Steiner's special brand of 'Lounge-Noir' will have you reaching for the booze and the 'replay' button."
- Swampland Magazine (USA)
“Mark Steiner sounds like an optimal mixture of Nick Cave, Stuart Staples and cult figure Kim Salmon... He’s an artist who stands out with heaps of honesty and authority. Broken is Mark Steiner’s step up to the musical elite of rock...”
- Nordlys (Norway)
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While under self-imposed quarantine in Oslo, three brand new music videos featuring Mark Steiner were launched during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic:
Mark Steiner & His Problems
Maßimiliano Gallo featuring Mark Steiner
Italian multi-instrumentalist Massimilano Gallo approached Mark to sing vocals on his dreamy interpretation of the classic song by the legendary Velvet Underground.
THREE NEW SINGLES were released back in late January!
Two new singles, "The Fuck-Up" and "Love Hate Love," were released worldwide on January 26th, 2020. Both were recorded in late 2019 with Ted Parsons (ex-Swans, Prong, Godflesh, Killing Joke), Leon Muraglia, and Romek Paluch-Edwards. Launched in conjunction with Mark's 50th birthday, there is a very limited handmade 8" vinyl edition (yes, EIGHT inch vinyl) entitled "The 8" Double B-Side Singles" (Rabben Records RABB003) available via mailorder.
Another new single was released simultaneously with the Icelandic community in mind. Mark Steiner announced a new Icelandic-language version of the 2007 hit single, Nísj, now featuring the illustrious Oslo-based singer Fríða Árnadóttir on lead vocal. The release of this song, performed in her native Icelandic, marks her international debut as a recording artist. (Rabben Records, RABB004)
This version of the song was originally recorded in 2012 as part of the Mark Steiner (& His Problems) "Saudade" sessions (Rabben Records RABB001, 2014), but was shelved due to the final number of released tracks. A great fan and friend of Iceland and Icelandic culture, Mark had the idea of reinterpreting the song into the Icelandic language. New guitar and other instrumentation were added to the tracks originally engineered by Argentinian (now Australian-based) artist and producer Henry Hugo. Other contributions include Danish bassist Thomas Borge (Halph, Rovdrift) and Norwegian drummer Gunnar Motland (ex-Goo Men).
The new side project called Sorrow & The Sea with Norwegian singer/songwriter/guitarist Monica Røise is ongoing. Following a support gig for John Parish in late 2018, along with a mini-tour of Berlin and Czech Republic, recordings for the debut album are currently in the works.
Mark is currently working on new songs for a new full-length solo album, and will be performing on occasion as both Mark Steiner & His Problems and with Sorrow & The Sea, although due to the current global CoVid-19 crisis, all international travel plans have been put on indefinite hold..
© 2018 Tom Garretson photography - used with permission