BAND HAS BEATS TO COUNT ON
Adelaide heavy hitters The Mark of Cain don’t get out much these days. Three decades after forming, brothers John and Kim Scott are finding it hard to manage their band-work-life balance.
In addition to heading up one of Australia’s most uncompromising hard-rock bands, the brothers are also highly qualified engineers, with guitarist/vocalist John an electronic engineer and bassist Kim working in mechanics.
The Mark of Cain have found a rare window to head back out on the road for the first time in 18 months.
Kim is currently on six months paid “gardening leave” following his resignation from his executive role at defence, security and aerospace company, BAE Systems.
“I was running a $600 million project with around 2500 people reporting to me, so we were working with the Americans, the Israelis, with the UK, so its almost 24-7,” he says.
The brothers’ advanced mathematical knowledge might explain an awful lot about the music The Mark of Cain create with long-time drummer John Stanier (of Battles, Helmet and Tomahawk fame).
Stanier called the bands genre “calculus rock” upon joining in 1999.
“When Stanier joined, he said: ‘This is not math rock, its calculus, this is just bizarre’,” Kim recalls.
“We used to joke if you write the drum timing down it’s a radar design … it’s really big in Russia but I don’t think the guy that did our security clearances thought that was funny at all.”
The US-based drummer won’t be able to make this tour and will be replaced by Adelaide ring-in Eli Green.
The band is also trying to figure out how to bring the guest vocals of hardcore legend Henry Rollins on latest single Grey-11 to the stage.
Brothers John (right) and Kim Scott.