Mark & The Clouds at the Alleycat Bar, Denmark Street, London: Marco & Shin (photo by Yuki Shimizu)
Mark & The Clouds for Sale..at Paper Dress Vintage Shop, London, 12/7/2014. (photo by Silvia De)
MARK & THE CLOUDS
Mark & the Clouds is a London-based band fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter Marco Magnani (formerly in Instant Flight ) whose idea came to gather lots of musicians/friends to record the first album"Blue Skies Opening"(released on CD & Vinyl by Mega Dodo Records on 30th June 2014).The list of names included: ex Death In Vegas’ Ian Button on drums (now singer/guitarist in Papernut Cambridge), John O’Sullivan on Bass/Guitar/backing vocals (also in Instant Flight + The Snakes & Limozine), Fabio Mongelli on backing vocals (singer/guitarist in The Lysergics), Shin Okajima on drums (he formed The Smokers with Marco years before), Tiberio Ventura on drums (previously with Marco in Italian cult band Avvoltoi), Fabio Serrone on guitar & bass (guitarist in Mixed Company and JJ King & The Coolers), Javier H.Ayensa on guitar (who recorded his 1st album as J.H.A. Band, in which Marco played bass), Ray Fontana on keyboards, Michele Rossiello on bass(Atomic Workers + That's All Folks), Joe Hammond on trombone & Tom Hammond on trumpet (also in Mixed Company). As a Live band their format is flexible, changing members slightly according to the situation. Others who occasionaly performed with Mark & The Clouds are drummer James Ovens & keyboardist Charlie Bennett. Their upcoming second album "Cumulus"- to be released at the end of February 2017 by Mega Dodo on CD & Vinyl, has the following line-up: Marco Magnani(vocals & guitars), John O'Sullivan(bass & backing vocals), Shin Okajima(drums), Javier H. Ayensa(rhythm guitars), Lucie Rejchrtova'(keyboards),Joe Hammond (trombone) & Tom Hammond (trumpet). Several good reviews have been written on both albums, including Shindig magazine, Terrascope, Bliss/Aquamarine, Strange Brew, Heyday Records, Expose' Online, Aural Innovations, Code 7 Records Distribution, Record Collector magazine (U.K.), Wild Thing (Greece), Clearspot Distribution, Carry Munter's New Underground Music (Holland), Blow Up Magazine, Rumore(Italy) and many more...
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