Mark Sultan (BBQ) Shares New Song From Upcoming Album Due Out This Fall On In The Red Records n June & July

Mark Sultan (BBQ) Shares New Song From Upcoming Album Due Out This Fall On In The Red Records n June & July




Mark Sultan will release a new album on LA’s infamous In The Red Records, early fall 2015, and is sharing a brand new track, ‘Agitated’, from the as-yet-untitled full length. Mark’s going by his original monicker ‘BBQ’ on this record, one he hasn’t used on a solo album since Bomp! Records’ ‘Tie Your Noose’ in 2005. “I kinda left the ‘BBQ’ name behind for my solo stuff after that album, as I wanted to do recordings with overdubs, so I just figured it was disingenuous to use the name associated with off-the-floor type, one-man-band live recordings. I only used the ‘BBQ’ name in the context of my other band (‘The King Khan & BBQ Show’) after that (and since), and soldiered on solo as ‘Mark Sultan’.”

Listen to ‘Agitated’

An angelic voice and a fearless master of rock’n’roll songwriting, Mark Sultan is prolific and impressive. He’s also considered to be one of the world’s greatest one-man-bands, a pigeon-hole he was never comfortable with: “Ah, the ‘one-man band’… Yes, I am one. Sure. But I honestly do think the term has been sullied by the recent glut of monotone oompah, costumed shit that has flooded the ‘garage scene’. There’s some great guys, but lots of stuff I just don’t enjoy. I like to focus on good songs. I am a student of music, in that I have spent my whole life consuming and revering the stuff I enjoy. Mostly rock’n’roll and its variants, but a lot of other stuff, too. If I enjoy it, I research and adapt it, love it and live it. When I play, I also focus on melody and singing, because those are my strong points, but also because I really do enjoy that stuff in some of the music I love to listen to. I am a drummer, first and foremost, and honestly, a crummy guitarist. I just want to sound like a whole band playing good, timeless music that I myself would listen to. And I think I do.”

Is the renewal of the BBQ personage a step backwards? “It was my name since around 2001. I think people tend to forget or just not know that the ‘doo-wop’ aesthetic in ‘The King Khan & BBQ Show’, for example, is mine, and that I am singing lead on and wrote half of those songs, but whatever, I plug away. I have to. It keeps me alive. BBQ is my ‘one-man-band’ name. The live, no overdub me.

Check out Live In Parma (from December 2014)

US Shows:

June 24th – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool

June 25th – New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine

June 26th – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery

June 27th – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong

July 2nd – Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos

July 3rd – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Club

Mark has released music on Bomp!, Sub Pop, In The Red, Crypt, Goner, Fat Possum, Hozac, Norton, Vice, Sympathy, Dirtnap etc. He formed bands including The King Khan & BBQ Show, Almighty Defenders, Ding-Dongs, Les Sexareenos, The Spaceshits, and has toured the world over, from the US to Israel to Russia to Japan to Brazil to New Zealand to Europe, from Carnegie Hall to The Sydney Opera House. In a perfect world, his songs would be hits.

“…By moving into territory not covered by him or one of his various bands (the King Khan & BBQ Show, the Spaceshits, the Ding-Dongs), he’s managed to make something ethereal and oddly beautiful.”
“The best one man band alive. If you don’t believe me, watch him perform. It is absolutely otherworldly and will blow your mind.”
London Times

“There are no gimmicks, and his heart is on the line. This really is art and it may be respectable, but it’s got the sexual primitivism of rock’n’roll of old without sacrificing heart, earworms or intensity. Not only does he sound like a whole band, but his disregard for conventional time signatures, uniformity and concert structure, makes the show all the more special, as does his disembodied and soulful vocals. An absolute must.”We Crime, Belgium

“…a criminally underappreciated garage rock cult hero who puts on a one-man-band live show so sincerely passionate that he makes most primitive rock ’n’ roll revivalists look like cynical imposters…deranged but brilliant”NOW Toronto
“Mark Sultan has been a garage rock stalwart since the later part of the 1990s and seems to get better and better with every album he puts out, either with a band or under one of his solo monikers.” –Flavorpill
“…wildly prolific…what differentiates his stuff is his genuine sense of tune-craft….” LA Weekly
“If there’s a Patient Zero in garage rock’s recent shift from emulating the troglodytic stomp of teenage Stones wannabes in 1965 to embracing the Golden Oldies pop and doo-wop of the years just before Beatlemania, it’s probably Mark “BBQ” Sultan, who releases albums of catchy, clever garage-pop more frequently than most people buy shoes.”
Chicago Reader

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Mark Sultan (BBQ) Shares New Song From Upcoming Album Due Out This Fall On In The Red Records n June & July