Mark Hilton

Mark Hilton

 Darwin, Northern Territory, AUS

Urban roots storytelling diary raiding tunesmithsonian melody mangling acoustic songwriter hooks up with banjo/dobro player, bullfiddler and diabolical drummer to excavate your head and fondle your heartstrings - get in your hammock with a martini or skateboard into a haystack - the choice is yours.

Band Press

Well crafted – Vicky Mihelakos - Beat Magazine Australia

Well crafted pop - under produced Freedie Johnson or Billy Baxter on Prozac

humour and pathos – Fred E. Gostein -

A chronicle of humour and pathos with a rare stamp of originality that drifts from surf melodicism to pastoral whimsy to Eastern bedlam and as such, is a fine example of his storytelling skills.

great grown-up pop songs – Roland Clare - Official Procol Harum website

A varied, accomplished and witty album, with some great grown-up pop songs (notably the title track) and fantastic guitaring and violining, entirely worthy of our attention irrespective of the many contributions made to it by Procoler Chris Copping.

Irresistible – Trevor Hockins SUNSHINE COAST DAILY

Hilton’s found a depth in his songs that is irresistible. Here Come The Indians is deceptively simple: guitars, voice, strings, strong melodies and clever words. And Hilton puts it together soooo easily. From the first words he utters here (on the darkly haunting Heavenly): “You’re my heroine, I’m so thick and you’re so thin …,” you know sweet love songs are never going to be quite the same again. And there’s the mesmerising, lazy warmth of I Wanna Drive, and the whimsy of Mulberry Tree, stocked with childhood memories that ripple up like waves of heat. Faith Is A Fool tries to deal with being left alone, while Little Brown Bag happily bops along about how wonderful and silly obsession can be. Musically, Hilton hints at the likes of John Lennon in acoustic mood, Queen, The Go-Betweens and Elvis Costello, with wisps of eastern and celtic smoke wafting through. But he never gives up the character of his songs. Here Comes The Indians is the essence of indie music … stripped back, atmospheric, killer melodies … heart with soul. Simple, eh? Simply wonderful, in fact.

Worth a Look – Bek Devlin - ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

If you're looking for a gig that will cleanse the soul and drown out the constant white noise surrounding us, look no further than Mark Hilton.

A fantastic lyricist and songwriter, Hilton and his band of musical gypsies, the Lavender Girls, will play at the Wheatsheaf tomorrow...

At times as heart-wrenching as running into your first love, while as liberating as hitting the road with the top down, Hilton provides a show to satisfy any mood with songs off his great new album "A Good Man".

Where: The Wheatsheaf
When: 7pm, Friday March 6, 2009

Mark Hilton Rocks Bogart's – Territory Regional Weekly

The elegant and intimate Bogarts Restaurant provided the ideal setting on Sunday night for the release of Mark Hilton's fourth solo album "A Good Man."

Red Plum and Snow and Ally De Groot performed some songs to open the show and warm up th audience. The talented musician plowed his way through diverse set of songs that featured a mix of genres including country and rock. Mark was backed by some solid bass work by Dapper Dan Davies, Tony Robinson on Steel Guitar and backing vocals and Tony Frey on Drums.

A Good Man features some high quality tracks. As well as the title track, Emogene, Landing on your Feet, Monkey Forest Road and Never Forget You are also high quality efforts. Darwinians will relate particlulaly to the punchy and clever lyrics on Emogene. Monkey Forest Road takes us on an interesting journey of discovery.

For my money the pick of the tracks is undoubtedly Landing On Your feet. A smooth acoustic intro leads into an easy paced track with a good melody and some thoughtful carefully constructed lyrics. Marks Guitar work is great and he knows how to interact with an Audience. Over the next month he will be continuing on with a tour to venues in South Austrlia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

(Mark Wood March 6th., 2009)