Mark Right and The Young Unknowns

Mark Right and The Young Unknowns

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New York City based singer-songwriter Mark Right portrays the thankless, tarnished luster of being young and unknown in the city that never sleeps with unforgettable melodies, carefully crafted lyrics and gritty, minimal musical textures and compositions that evoke unplugged era Nirvana.

Biography

HISTORY New York City's dark, gritty nightlife provides the backdrop for the music of Mark Right and THE YOUNG UNKNOWNS. Fueled by the long nights slinging drinks in grimy downtown bars for drunken hipsters, gangsters and wannabes, Mark's music is an honest and hopeful portrayal of urban life in the seams and in between.

Born in 1977 on the same day Elvis died and playing music since he was 8 years old, Mark possesses a raw and elegant voice that summons memories of early Tom Waits and Kurt Cobain--the latter of which has greatly influenced Mark's songwriting.

With his carefully crafted melodies that stick to the ears like glue and his honest, anthemic lyrics, Mark's music paints a visceral and impressionistic portrait of the struggle to be young and unknown. With the forthcoming March 2005 release of Volume 1: The East Village Sessions on Hand2Mouth Records, Mark Right and THE YOUNG UNKNOWNS deliver one of the most resonant debuts in recent New York City music history.

A powerful mix of carefully crafted melody and raw acoustic power, The East Village Sessions chronicles the first wave of songs from the first incarnation of the group. The result of several months of intense writing and recording, Vol1:EVS boasts Mark's memorable, energetic songs and evocative melodies over minimal musical compositions.

The band is currently writing new material for a brand new and more amplified record set to come out later this year, also on Hand2Mouth Records. In the meantime they will be performing in and around New York City preparing to take their music to the hungry masses later this year.

Lyrics

Backstage

Written By: Mark Right

Backstage
(M. Right)

It's been so long since I've had rest
I've been sleeping but I'm still dreamless
I close my eyes and take a breath
And touch the wound that made me dreamless . . . for a while

Uptown the air is getting thin
Downtown the crowd won't let me in

Chorus:
And here I thought that the world could change
I thought I could dream the days away
Thought I could be just another rock star
And here I thought that my stars could change
I thought I could play another game
Thought I could maybe get backstage

The world can be a cruel, cruel place
The smell of love without the taste
And sleeping is the soft escape
From the energy of gravity's weight . . . for a while

Uptown the air is getting thin
Downtown the crowd won't let me in

Chorus

Leaders of the Revolution

Written By: Mark Right and Salme Dahlstrom

Leaders of the Revolution
(M. Right / S. Dahlstrom)

Hey did you know that the price of greatness is having to sell your soul?
And hey did you know that success is measured by the actions of the bold?
Maybe you've never been in love
Maybe it never felt real
Maybe one day you'll hug the dark
And bid farewell to peace

This is a celebration

Chorus:
We are the future
We are the stars
Grand design of the gods
We are the leaders of the revolution
One in a million
A million to one
This is how we become
The leaders of the revolution
Grand design of the gods
The leaders of the revolution

Hey did you know that Park Avenue is nothing but a name?
And hey did you know that not giving a fuck is more of the same?
Maybe you never learned to dream
Maybe it never felt real
Maybe one day you'll open your eyes
And bid farewell to peace

This is a celebration

Chorus

Pictures Fade

Written By: Mark Right and Salme Dahlstrom

Pictures Fade
(M. Right / S. Dahlstrom)

The dust has settled on the street
Drive past the graveyard to the sea
Every time I come around you sing
I'm drinking wine at ten a.m.
It's not the liquor going to my head

Chorus:
I know I lost your photographs
Of the crooked streets and the mangy cats
It happened cause I lost myself in you
We got it off with no regrets
The sun dried fish and the cigarettes
Pictures fade but I'll always remember you
Pictures Fade, Pictures Fade, Pictures Fade
I will always remember you
Pictures Fade, Pictures Fade, Pictures Fade
I will always remember you
Pictures Fade, Pictures Fade, Pictures Fade . . .

An angel learns to spread its wings
Aegean winds and absinthe dreams
Every time I come around you sing
I'm drinking wine at ten a.m.
It's not the liquor going to my head

Chorus

Bridge:
And there she's dancing on the beach
Like a vision from a magazine
She said take me to the other side again . . .

Chorus

Discography

Volume 1: The East Village Sessions: March 2005 (Hand2Mouth)
Soft Open EP: April 2004 (Hand2Mouth)

Set List

Set lists vary. A typical set list includes eight to ten songs played over the course of a thirty to forty-five minute show. Has been much less, has been much more.

Songs may include:

Living
Juice
Pictures Fade
Backstage
All the Stars in the Universe
Defying Gravity
In It Together
Leaders of the Revolution
Gods, Goddesses, Kings and Queens
Take Me Back
How We Flip