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 Delle Piane)
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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