Mark Ripp / Mark Ripp & The Confessors
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Mark Ripp / Mark Ripp & The Confessors

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Minor Miracle review"

"Minor Miracle by Mark Ripp & The Confessors is a strong debut effort. It is chock-full of catchy melodies which are complimented by solid songwriting and singing. If you've been waiting for a roots-rock album that you can listen to in the car, at the cottage, or at the office wait no longer." - CBC Radio's "Bandwidth"

"More Minor Miracle press"

"It's clear Mark Ripp is speaking and playing from the heart, which makes for a rawkin' good time any way you cut it." - Ottawa's Weekly Xpress

"Pretty Ugly review"

"Mark Ripp can tear at your heart even as his words disturb you." - Performer Magazine

"Even uglier Pretty Ugly review"

"Some of the most intelligent an heartfelt canuck roots-rock around." - Toronto Star

"Somewhere Along The Line review"

"A natural songsmith if there ever was one." - Chart Magazine

"Somewhere Along The Line further reviews"

"Mark Ripp has a gorgeous shade-of-country voice" - College Music Journal

"Wherever I Go review"

"Wherever I Go" is an exquisite example of the power of the song." - T.O. Magazine

"Wherever I Go reviewed again"

"You listen to the songs and want to pursue what you just heard, you want more." - RPM Magazine


Mark Ripp & The Confessors "Long Story Short" (Independent, 2010)

Canadian rockers cook up a home-brewed storm!

Something of a veteran of the Toronto roots scene via his solo work and as front-man of the Bel-Vistas, Mark Ripp was dealt a backhanded favour when his studio engineer scrapped the sessions for this album at the last moment when something ‘more important’ (or more likely paying better) came up. Rightly pissed off, Ripp vowed to take his recorded fate into his own hands, venture into the unknown and set up a proper home recording facility. That ‘Long Story Short’ arrives some eight years after the last Confessors LP is testament to the fact that Ripp has been staying up late honing his production skills, and the results of his hard work are bold and apparent throughout this excellent album of strong songs.

From the off ‘Long Story Short’ has a raw and vibrant ‘homemade’ feel to it. That’s not to say anything about the album is amateurish; very far from it in fact, it’s just a very lively, untamed beast of a record and excitingly better for it.

The wonderful Power-pop jangle of opener ‘Miserable Life’ which is a witty embracing of misery, failure and apology "I have a little problem; I like the songs with the minor key…I’m still screwing up, and I probably always will” It’s tongue planted firmly in it’s cheek throughout it’s delicious run-off of personal failings.

‘Overdue’ with its REM-go-bar-room swagger is typical of this record’s wonderful sonic template; Ripp’s strong melodic and rootsy holler of a voice, careful but rampaging guitars, thrumming bass, Mike Mills style backing vocals, and a ton of great melodies at every turn.

The Confessors are a tight, nail-hard backing band, resembling in turns Crazy Horse’s raw energy, Drive-By Truckers’ addictive rock swagger and a live-wired version of REM’s melodic nous on the likes of the superb ‘Nothing Personal’, ‘Protected’ and the wonderfully brain rupturing fervour of ‘Bad Head Baby’ which is the kind of dark, alcohol & regret drenched, punk-infused blues Nick Cave could be rightly proud of.

‘Long Story Short’ manages to be by degrees both low-key but also vibrantly striking roots-rock music. It is strong on melody, and also Mark Ripp’s inherent wit as a narrator of troubled love, and of course the whole record’s likeable addictive energy.

Please let there not be another eight year wait until the next one!

Date review added: Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Reviewer: Ian Fildes
Reviewers Rating: 8 out of 10

- AmericanaUK


"The Bel-Vistas" - self titled EP - released 1990 - independent

"Somewhere Along The Line" - The Bel-Vistas - released 1992 -
Eureka Records/Capitol Records

"Pretty Ugly" - The Bel-Vistas - released 1994 - Blue Rose Records
- independent

"Wherever I Go" - Mark Ripp - released 1997 - independent

"Minor Miracle" - Mark Ripp & The Confessors - released 2002 -

"Long Story Short" - Mark Ripp & The Confessors - released 2010 -



I'm a singer songwriter in the Americana genre. My start was in the coffee houses of Toronto some thirty years ago. Those folk beginnings we're followed by a ten year run as front man and writer for Toronto roots rockers The Bel-Vistas. The last decade or so has been spent raising a family and pursuing music as a solo artist.

I record in my home studio now and am also involved in engineering and producing for others. My latest album is
titled "Long Story Short" and represents my first time efforts to engineer on my own. I'm currently working on a quieter acoustic record and hope to have it out in late 2011, weather permitting.

Influences are many but the ones who set the bar high for me include Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Van Morrison and the always cool Nick Lowe.

My repertoire consists of original songs that span the length of my career as well as plenty of covers in the classic rock, pop, folk, blues, and country styles. For the most part I perform as a solo acoustic act and when all stars align I have a most wonderful band I call "The Confessors" who make me look good.

Some Highlights:

-songs published by Sony Music

-recording artist with Eureka Records

-album release in Europe with Blue Rose Records

-radio play across Canada, the U.S., and Europe

-video play on Muchmusic, CMT Canada and Europe

-extensive live experience, including cross Canada touring

-opening act for The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo and Tom Cochrane