Arden Reign

Arden Reign

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"A thought-provoking, revolutionary rock band who captivates their audience with an impassioned stage presence and melodic, hook-driven songs"

Biography

Not long ago, when originality reigned over formula, before sensation had become a goal in itself and pop/rock composers metamorphosed into generic categories, music listeners looked to recording artists as a means to expand their consciousness, explore new ideas, escape the ordinary, learn how to dress, talk, behave, and seek an identity. Behold the music of Arden Reign, which takes the listener on an artistic journey back to a time when music was celebrated for its uniqueness, ambition, theatricality and literacy.
   Through lush, immaculate production and subtle textures encompassing pop, alternative rock, rock, jazz and classical influences, New York native Mark Gallo is an explorer through time, crafting melodic, anthemic pop songs and wrapping them in atmospheric soundscapes. He writes, records, and produces all of his own material.  
Conceived by Mark himself, the name Arden Reign is "a universal concept that all can embrace. The word 'Arden' is actually an Old English name meaning 'fiery' or 'passionate' derived from the Latin word ardens bearing the same meaning. The modern word is 'ardent'. I always believed that Arden Reign was the name that best defined my music and my overall artistic direction. For it is our very passions that manifest our talents and gifts from God that we all have", states Mark.
For many years Mark carefully studied and absorbed a myriad of influences. “I studied classical out of my love for the music and my fascination with how such beautiful, complex compositions were written. Then I briefly moved on to theory and jazz guitar. I concentrated on the various chord inversions and harmonies to fortify my overall knowledge. And of course, I also studied the music of the Beatles, which is a perfect marriage between just about every genre in the pantheon of popular music. I’m very inspired by the great rock artists from the 1960's to the present day. My goal is to write what I feel and develop it into a marketable song.”      In his lyrics, Mark conveys his thoughts and ideals with a distinct clarity that melds into the melodic framework of each track. “My ideas and images emerge as I’m playing. It all depends on my mood and the melody. The lyrical content centers on how I view the world around me and the feelings the music brings out. Often, the words will just pop into my head and I’ll develop it into a song. The text is rarely written first." Presenting his music to the world is another endeavor Mark relishes. He’s just as comfortable on stage as he is in the studio. “Yes, I am a stickler for sound” Mark emphasizes. “I know the medium for expression is not like it was a hundred years ago: the grand staff !” After several attempts to convey to engineers the sounds he was hearing in his head, Mark submerged himself into the science of recording. “I grew frustrated when engineers could not capture what I was hearing. My ideology is simple: the better your songs sound, the better your chances are of being heard. The technology is here, so I dived in head first. Over the years, I educated myself, but as much as you think you know, there’s always someone else who knows more. So I poured over trade magazines and contacted audio experts any chance I could.”
“I love playing live. My band Arden Reign is exceptional. They’re powerful, tasteful, and lock into what I’m doing with precision. I can feel the audience pick up our vibe the minute we hit the stage. We’re all about serving the song, and that’s where the magic is. We’re only four guys up there, but we create an enormous sound.” Mark’s emotive vocal delivery was borne of experience. Singing in various bands and playing in numerous clubs allowed Mark to develop a style of communicating with an audience that is soulful, impassioned, and soars above the music.     Mark's first release under Arden Reign was the EP entitled "All You Want" in July of 2004 consisting of five songs. Mark then went on to add those five songs to a full album entitled "Night Worlds" released in August, 2005. With the exception of the song "Mountain", the only musician that appears on every track besides Mark is drummer Brad Lewis. All of the instruments (except drums) on the "Pictures of Sister", "Two Hearts in Paradise" and "If You Reap What You Sow" of the album were performed entirely by Mark himself.
The album cover artwork was also created by Mark through digital rendering, who many hale as the next new art form. "Digital rendering was a hobby I took up over some time in late 2004. I became fascinated with science fiction/fantasy artwork of the screen savers found throughout the web as well as the computer animation we see in movies and wanted to create my own renders. I was surprised to see how good they came out and decided to use one as my album cover. In this technological age that allows us complete musical and artistic independence, it just made sense to combine the two art forms."
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Lyrics

Of Love and Wine

Written By: Mark Gallo

Of Love and Wine

To the northern lights
Onward to my home
Something in your eyes
Makes me see the sun
Elated through the night
You and I we joke
Not a care in sight
Heaven breeds a soul

And those hazy nights
of love and wine go on

Jaded social scene
Who could hurt this soul ?
When beauty is her name and love is all she owns
Baby we could be
In each other’s arms
For all eternity
Or until I end this song

And those hazy nights
of love and wine go on
(make me see the sun)

And those hazy nights
we love, we laugh go on

To the northern lights
To the northern lights
To the northern lights

Pictures of Sister

Written By: Mark Gallo

Pictures of sister along my wall
Loving hands a love I never known
Born after her light just came and gone
You know she wasn't here that long
she was home

Pictures of sister in my head
wondering how her life would be instead
imagine life with her and you and me
its how Heaven's realm will be
you'll see

All the trials and your fights
she never left your side
for all time
Dry all the tears you cry
because she wasn't in our lives
for nothing

Pictures so twisted in my head
lying hopelessly in a state of unrest
knowing that your pain was so immense
I can't imagine what's the sense

All the trials and your fights
she never left your side
for all time
Dry all the tears you cry
because she wasn't in our lives
for nothing

Dry all the tears you cry
because she wasn't in our lives
for nothing

All You Want

Written By: Mark Gallo

Fleeing from this lonely town
Lovely girl you are on your own
sun beating on the ground
car rushing to another home
once we had something profound
now have nothing to hold but your poem

But the real meaning of yourself
Is what you want
But the real meaning of yourself
Is all you want

pictures of your garden found
lying on the hotel lobby couch
crying with your suitcase in hand
what isn't real is your front

But the real meaning of yourself
Is what you want
But the real meaning of yourself
Is all you want

Fleeing from this lonely town
Lovely girl you are on your own
sun beating on the ground
car rushing to another home

But the real meaning of yourself
Is what you want
But the real meaning of yourself
Is all you want

Discography

Arden Reign "Night Worlds"
Arden Reign "All You Want"

Set List

The length of set list varies from 8 original songs to as many as 24 original songs. Cover songs can be performed as well. Mark is currently performing solo acoustic.