Booze & Glory, and nothing less I’d say. These rockers made an album I loved to review, and had the straight-forward answers of artist’s who know what they want, where they want to be, and the know-how to make the music of the victory-lap they call life. Mark Marlowski, vocalist and guitarist, cuts to the chase in this interview with Shockwave Magazine.
Shockwave Magazine: Chapter IV is a pro-positive album. Where did the decision to utilize self-building lyrics originate?
Mark Marlowski: We write about our own life experiences. We feel that honesty is the most important thing in the lyrics we write; they are based on our own life experiences, which we hope are also life experiences listeners can relate to.
I love the track “Start Believing.” The title is just a portion of it’s depth as it feels like a song about coming to a crossroads. Was there a moment in mind when you wrote it?
Lots of things have changed in our lives over the last few years, and not only this song, but several others on the album, reflect a positive outlook on difficult decisions we all have to make at some time or another. It’s about trying to remain positive and look to what the future might hold, rather than looking back on mistakes.
Let’s get to know your personalities. What roles do you play in your dynamics? Who is the comic, who is more structured, who is your lovable pain-in-the-ass?
Mark’s the sensible one, Liam is a grumpy old man, Frank is a drummer and so obviously from another planet, and Al, who knows?
You’ve got a very loyal fan-base. Can you tell us about a fan you’ll never forget?
A little girl called Claire in Dallas. We invited her on stage to play with us, and Liam gave her his guitar. It was the end of the west coast tour, it was an amazing show, and being able to do something special for one of our youngest fans made all the sleep deprivation worthwhile!
You’re known for being live-performance targeted. Why is that a priority to you?
Our live shows are always a pretty energetic experience. One of the best things about doing what we do is meeting the people who like our music, and having that face-to-face interaction, that nothing can compare to.
How about a performance that became off-the-cuff, or is each show incredibly thought out?
We have a set list with all of the crowd favourites, along with some of the new tracks from Chapter IV. But we do switch them around quite a lot.
Is there any one track that speaks more personally to you? Will you tell us about that?
The song ‘Life’s A Gamble’… it was written about several friends of mine who had had cancer diagnoses over the last few years. Whilst recording the vocals for that song, I had my own diagnosis which made it even more poignant. Everything is fine now, but it was pretty scary.
Tell us about your quirks, do you have an interesting one; like, ‘sleeps with a teddy bear?’
Liam and Al recently started collecting really weird rubber ducks.
What’s next for Booze & Glory?