Former Bang Tango guitarist Mark Knight to release self-titled album
Knifewound Management have issued the following press release about former Bang Tango guitarist Mark Knight‘s upcoming self-titled solo album which will be released on October 27, 2015:
“For many musicians, separating themselves from their past is nearly impossible, especially when their past includes a successful career as a founding member of an 80’s funk metal band like Bang Tango. The old hits and look are almost inseparable from their current art, despite the clear differences and the years in between. Many become stuck in a limbo of they were and who they want to be, but Mark Knight has only been spurred on by the challenges of what’s in his rearview mirror and who he is now as an artist.
In 2013’s Road Sick Eyes, Knight smashed through the glass ceiling of his past and unabashedly displayed his frustration with his former image and triumphantly revealed himself to be a roots rock, Americana singer, songwriter and guitarist to be reckoned with.
Now, with the success of Road Sick Eyes, several other solo efforts and a divorce under his belt, two teenage daughters and a life rebuilt in progress, Mark Knight finds Knight presenting an album; a unified collection of stories more daring and personal than ever before. All songs were composed solely by Knight, who also played most of the guitars, both acoustic and electric, on the record.
Mark Knight is filled with wrenching solo acoustic songs and Knight’s signature roots rockers featuring his longtime collaborators Matt Abts of Gov’t Mule and Planet of the Abts, Tony Marsico on bass, Mark Tremalgia (formerly of Bang Tango) on guitar, Reeves Downes of Rhino Bucket on bass and Tigg Ketler (formerly of Bang Tango) on drums. Mark Knight was produced by Tom Lavin, who also produced Road Sick Eyes, and recorded swiftly in a private studio in which “raw” remained the battle cry.
Knight approached the record with a desire for rawness and simplicity, creating a gripping, unflinching account of his trials and tribulations. He doesn’t cheat himself or his audience with the raw emotion, doubts, courage and honesty he displays.
“Since Road Sick Eyes, my life has changed dramatically and those personal challenges and triumphs naturally came out in the music,” says Knight. I wanted to be honest with and about myself and uncompromising, even if I had to lay myself on the line.”
Knight‘s time has come to grow into himself as a songwriter and musician, and in listening to Knight‘s growth, we also hear ourselves, reflect on the years and feel the innate desire to stretch out of our own skins.”
Sleaze Roxx reviewed Road Sick Eyes back in 2013 and stated: “Road Sick Eyes sounds as if it was put together by a group of aging musicians sitting around the campfire reminiscing about their decadent pasts. Under a clear sky, with acoustic guitars in hand, the performers strum away, share laughs and have a few drinks. As the night drifts into morning, and the alcohol starts to take effect, the guys plug in and start rocking out like they did in the old days. Road Sick Eyes sounds just like that image, both extremely mellow on one hand yet gaining momentum on the other. The disc definitely won’t be for everyone, but you have to admire how Mark Knight has laid his soul on the line for everyone to view — plus the guy can still play a mean guitar!”