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