On Tour w/ The Stranglers This Spring
The impressive ‘The Murderer’ MP3 Drops w/ American Songwriter Today!
British songwriter Mike Marlin’s sound is dark and haunting, full of discordant melodies, deep, reverberating vocals, and ominous, storytelling lyrics. Raised in suburbia, he dropped out of Oxford and completed his education by attending as many gigs as possible, from Elvis Costello and Graham Parker to Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cure. It wasn’t until 25 years later, after a career spent staring at a computer screen, that he decided to walk away and record an album. Within a year, he found himself performing for thousands of people on tour with English punk rockers The Stranglers. Now Mike is coming to the United States for the first time– he will once again join The Stranglers on tour this spring, and will release his new album, Grand Reveal, on May 28th.
Mike describes Grand Reveal as “a progression from someone who is happy and in love to someone who is truly murderous,” so it’s only fitting that the album contains a song titled “The Murderer.” A song fit for a horror movie soundtrack, it opens with an ominous kick drum and features eerily screeching strings and ghostly echoing harmonies. For a peek into Mike Marlin’s shadowy world, you can download “The Murderer” MP3 where it premiered with American Songwriter today or below.
Grand Reveal opens with “Skull Beneath The Skin,” featuring Mike’s crystal-clear, commanding vocals and sinister lyrics above layers of rich instrumentation. On title track “Grand Reveal,” Mike’s vocals become hushed and conversational, as if he’s sharing deep, dark secrets with his listener. “Amazing” is a heartbreaking song of love and loss that starts out soft and gentle before a wall of guitars comes crashing through the stillness.
Be sure to catch Mike Marlin on tour with The Stranglers this spring, and stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Mike Marlin on Tour w/ The Stranglers
5/30: Detroit, MI @ Majestic
5/31: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
6/01: Montreal, QC @ Telus Theatre
6/03: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
6/04: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/05: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/07: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
6/08: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge