Magik Markers "Mystery City"

by Magik Markers

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It all started right around here. I believe this is some of the Magik Markers 1st recorded work and it is certainly our 2nd tape release ever. I've been digging through the Arbitrary Signs tape vault at the request of our friend Squeo to unearth the oldest of the old stuff. I found the master of this cassette and our first tape Beep! Beep! in the box.. unfortunately due to our primitive dubbing process the tape of Beep Beep! is pretty worn out and not that fun to listen to (if anybody has a copy and wants to hook a brother up.. please drop a line!) We made this first two tapes to take along as merch on our first ever U.S. tour. We drove from MA to CA and played 7 dates! It was momentous to be sure... we hit Tarantula Hill in Baltimore.. an Artspace in Louisville... some club next door to cbgb's .. shit I can't remember it all.

What is Mystery City? The sounds on this tape are what was heard at our first gig ever... At this show we got signed to Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label which ultimately led to some level of notoriety... The opening flush at the start was certainly inspired by European Sun... And the "sea of hands" a reference to the MC5. Elisa and Leah had picked up their guitars just a few months before this gig... we got a sound together.. with Leah as the "surfy" rythm player and ELisa as the fuzz wammy eloctrician, while I kept it all moving on the skins. We technically had appeared for a few minutes at a gig in our basement in Hartford.. but this was our first time in front of total strangers.

Anyway... this is just about the origin point of the band ... check it out!


released June 1, 2015



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Arbitrary Signs Northampton, Massachusetts

Arbitrary Signs started way back in 1995 with a cassette release by the Uniforms. It's been the home of the Magik Markers, Spectre Folk, United Waters, MV and EE, Devin, Gary, and Ross and many more.


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