By: Lisa Davis, Contributor, Regional Music Journal
Mark Deutrom might be best known for his bass guitarist role in the punk-rock band, Melvins, but his roots run far deeper within the music industry. Besides an accomplished guitarist, Deutrom is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and sound engineer.
Deutrom studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts where he attended seminars with renowned composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, Morton Feldman, Aaron Copland, and Morton Subotnick.
In 1993, a few years after Deutrom produced the Melvins, Gluey Porch Treatments, he was asked to join them as their bass guitarist. The band went on to tour with musical icons Tool, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Kiss, and Rush, until Deutrom’s departure from the Melvins in 1998.
By 2000, Deutrom released his first solo album, ‘The Silent Treatment,’ and continued along this same musical path pursuing similar solo projects and music production opportunities.
In 2006, Deutrom was invited to collaborate with the drone metal band, SUNN O))), on various live dates in the United States and Europe. But, it’s Deutrom’s current band, Bellringer, that has served as his primary live vehicle for his music outlet and a platform for collaborations with other musicians.
Coming off the heels of last year’s re-release of Deutrom’s solo albums, ‘The Silent Treatment’, ‘The Value Of Decay’, and ‘Brief Sensuality & Western Violence’, his latest full-length record, ‘The Blue Bird,’ only serves to further highlight this artist’s broad musical scope and overarching lyrical depth.
Deutrom has partnered with self-proclaimed, ‘mostly-musical blog,’ BrooklynVegan, to premiere his existential new music video for the psychedelic song, ‘Hell is a City.’ The black and white video seemingly matches the melancholy tone felt throughout the song, while still offering some sense that happiness is only just out of reach.
In addition to the video premiere, Deutrom, along with Bellringer, will embark on a North American tour this April! The mini-tour kicked off on April 13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and concludes on May 8 in Chicago, Illinois.
The true treasure of Deutrom’s artistic expression lies within his wide-ranging and genre transcending solo recordings and his live performance are not to be missed.
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