Mark of Cain ex­plore heaven and hell on a dark but hon­est jour­ney

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a 10-year al­bum hia­tus, The Mark of Cain (pic­tured) are back with a deep and dark fifth record, Songs Of The Third and Fifth. Ade­laide­based brothers John and Kim Scott formed the heavy-hit­ting alternative-rock out­fit in 1984. The Mark of Cain started record­ing Songs Of The Third and Fifth in 2008 but John blames the de­lay in re­leas­ing it on life get­ting in the way. ‘‘I had a mar­riage break­down, sold my house and left work, so it took a while to get sorted in the stu­dio,’’ he says. Known for be­ing open with fans about his bat­tle with de­pres­sion, John says he wants to share his jour­ney with his au­di­ence. ‘‘It’s a mat­ter of try­ing to write hon­estly,’’ he says. ‘‘Mu­sic was a savour. Some of that ends up in what you write. I have solved a lot of my prob­lems now. It feels good to be back in the game.’’ He says the hard times he en­dured are re­flected in the mood of Songs Of The Third and Fifth. ‘‘It def­i­nitely had an ef­fect on the tone of some of the songs,’’ he says. ‘‘I love this al­bum. It takes peo­ple time to catch up – they all think the first al­bum was prob­a­bly as dark. There have been darker times.’’ Mil­i­tary ref­er­ences are com­mon on all of The Mark of Cain’s five al­bums. John says war is a topic he has been in­ter­ested in since child­hood. ‘‘It was hap­pen­ing as I grew up and I al­ways had a fear that I would get drafted,’’ he says. ‘‘Some­times great things ar­rive in dif­fi­cult times. I used (war) as a metaphor for life. I like to com­pare the two. It’s a sense of alien­ation and look­ing for love in all the wrong places. I feel like I am an out­sider – an observer more than a doer.’’ More than a dozen drum­mers have played in The Mark of Cain dur­ing the band’s three-decade ca­reer. Former Hel­met mem­ber John Stanier, who also plays drums for Tom­a­hawk and Bat­tles, picked up the sticks for stu­dio du­ties on the new al­bum. Stanier’s tour­ing com­mit­ments with Tom­a­hawk mean re­place­ment drum­mer Eli Green will sit in for him on The Mark of Cain’s cur­rent tour. ‘‘John is dis­ap­pointed he can’t make it. Eli has been eat­ing it up,’’ John says.

The Mark of Cain play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

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