Mark Panick burst on to the Chicago music scene with a band called Bonemen of Barumba. They were exactly the kind of band you would get if Adam and the Ants were created by H. P. Lovecraft. He later created EDM pioneers, Chac Mool. It was the kind of dance band that threw dance music into an alley, beat it with a hammer, tossed it against a wall and laughed at its tears. By the time he joined, industrial mega-monsters, The Revolting Cocks his position as an icon of the Chicago music industry was assured.
Naturally, his next venture into music led him to experiment with jazz and folk.
I'll let Panick explain. It'll all make sense. Or it won't.
Razorhouse is very different than anything else you've done. Do you think your fans will follow along?
I think so, my fans have gotten used to me experimenting as I progress. They seem to think it's a fun part of the adventure.
What are you hoping to accomplish with Razorhouse?
I think inventive strong character driven rock has fallen into the cracks of the musical landscape. Maybe to some degree it should be there, its the best place to grow...out of foot traffic. But there is too much musical banality and knock offs posing as hybrids these days. We are hoping to act as sherpas and guide the lost souls back from the abyss.
Describe making the record. Was the experience different from what you're used to?
Well the main thing is it was a true collaboration in regards to edits and changes and arrangements. Working with legendary producers D-Mac and, Grammy nominee, Howie Beno tends to make you more open to suggestions. I still do not take lyric suggestions well. But trying to be open to how beautiful mistakes happen in experimentation as well as unintended awkward beauty...well its what we were looking for and I believe we found it.
What are the overall plans for this EP and will there be a second?
Other than the obvious plans to get it in the hands and ears of like minded mutants? We will be releasing another E.P. of Codex sometime around Febuary. We plan to release Razorhouse material the way people seem to be consuming it. So at least for this year look for 3 Codex.
What's coming up on the near horizon for Razorhouse?
Well next Sunday we have a our Codex digital release show at Schubas we will be playing with our friends The Deadstring Bros. and Shonna Tucker. Tickets for that are $10 in advance Then on Oct 17th we will be playing a show at Maynestage with The Del Lords. The video for Dedicated Love is debuting in the UK....lots of wild stuff on the horizon we'll be glad to share as soon as it congeals.