Press clips & reviews
"Mark Steiner's special brand of 'Lounge-Noir' will have you reaching for the booze and the 'replay' button."
- Swampland Magazine, USA
"American-born vocalist Mark Steiner has a commanding voice that is filled with passion and intrigue, sadness and lust. This double CD special edition release contains a myriad of musically and lyrically rich, sophisticated and emotive songs. ‘Broken’ opens with a moody instrumental track leading into ‘Broken Man’, a dark and melancholic song, while ‘Fallen Birds’ opens with the unpronounceable ‘Nisj’, a gentler and contented song. At times Steiner sounds like Mark Sandman, the late front man of Morphine. Steiner’s deep, contemplative music begs for several listens, though not too often or the melancholia will get to you."
- Scene Magazine, Australia
“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…”
- Egon Holstad, Nordlys, Norway
“Anyone who even has a passing interest in brooding, dark, underground rock... should start paying attention to Mark Steiner.”
- Rip It Up Magazine, Australia
“Euro Lounge in a dark and dank place.”
- The I-94 Barman’s Top Ten List of 2008, Australia
"If you like Paal Flaata and Madrugada, or for that matter Tindersticks or Nick Cave, Mark Steiner should be right up your alley.”
- Aftenposten Aften, Norway
“Impressive results - think Lee Hazelwood crossed with Rowland S. Howard with a sprinkle of Nick Cave… Seek, find, buy and you too will fall for his drunken and battered heart.”
- Inpress Magazine, Australia
“As an LP, ‘Broken’ serves as a fulfillment of what Steiner’s contemporaries “The Devastations” have yet to deliver; for where The Devastations sought emulation without necessarily putting their own scars on display, Steiner has delivered an album so steeped in the misery of his own alcohol soaked wounds that the influence he has taken from others serves merely as a foundation for Steiner to drunkenly pass out on.”
- Damaged Cannibal (Australia), November 2009
(Mark Steiners) "...profound creative process is obscure but lounge, swamp but groove in the same high with other scorched of soul poets, like Nick Cave, Steve Dietrich, Stuart Staples, Jeffrey Lee, Hugo Race"
- Merle Leonce Bone, French Swamp Writer
"Cool Voice. Somewhere between Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Alan Vega and Lou Reed. Cool classy music, too."
“Fallen Birds is the perfect soundtrack to a drinking binge, especially is said binge takes place in a smoky living room with red wine stained carpets.”
"Mark Steiner & The Broken Men varmet opp med enorm overbevisning. De spiller en mørk, melankolsk rock, ikke så langt unna Madrugada (de turnerte også med Madrugada i USA nå nylig). Allerede fra første tone viste dette bandet seg som ekstremt profesjonelle og i tiden som kommer vil de nok være et band å regne med, om ikke for de store scenene akkurat. Dette er, i likhet med Madrugada, rock for sene, mørke kvelder."
- Lars Erik Ringerud, exact24.no
Une combinaison de punk et de jazz qui donne à ce groupe, à son air crooner et à la voix de son chanteur, un petit côté Nick Cave (Eat’ Em Up Jack). Emergeant à New York à la fin des années 1990, ils sont aujourd’hui connus pour être appréciés dans tout ce qui s’apparente à un pub ou à un saloon. C’est dans une tournée européenne de débauche qu’ils accompagneront la diva country, Alice Texas."
- La Fleche D'Or, Paris
"Soloartisten Mark Steiner er en singer/songwriter/musiker fra New York, som har bosatt seg i Oslo. Liker du litt dyster og melankolsk musikk som Nick Cave og Leonard Cohen, så er dette virkelig noe for deg."
“Imagine if Nick Cave could sing instead of sounding like a bull in a phone box...”
- British rock journalist Mick Mercer