BAND HAS BEATS TO COUNT ON

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY/LIVE & LOUD -

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.

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