Name, where are you from?
Mark Lanegan. Los Angeles.
Describe your style in three words?
Veteran War Horse.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to - and why?
Judas Priest- Seattle, November 1982. Why? Are you kidding? C' mon Man!
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
First would be The Damned Circa 1977 because their debut album was one of the first punk records I heard and it blew my mind. And Brian James is one of the raddest guys I ever met and I was too young to catch the Damned when he was in the band.
Second group would be The 13th Floor Elevators circa 1967 because Roky Erickson is my favourite singer, ever, and I’d have given anything to hear him sing ‘Slip Inside This House’ with the Elevators.
Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Punk, first and foremost, but I may as well have been living on Mars at the time, it was a good six or seven years before I ever met anyone else who listened to that kind of music. Was also heavily influenced by Dub Reggae as a young teenager in isolated rural Washington state. Smoked weed all day listening to King Tubby And Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Did not understand why I couldn’t be a Rasta.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Alex Harvey. In the hope that some of his charisma and brilliance might rub off on me.
Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
The Showbox Theater, Seattle Washington. Have probably played it more than anywhere else. Staff is like family, venue like home.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
He’s hardly unsung but John Cale is my greatest musical hero. Fearless, uncompromising and never content to stay in the same place musically. I think that is what all musicians should aspire to.
Mark Lanegan Band's upcoming album, 'Somebody's Knocking', sees the worldwide-acclaimed alternative singer/songwriter looking to a different set of influences from those that many will associate his previous work as a solo artist, and as a member of Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age.
“I’ve always been into electronic music since I was a kid,” he says. “I think the reason those elements have become more obvious in my music is that my tastes have changed as I’ve grown older. The bulk of what I listen to now is electronic.
A prolific collaborator, Mark Lanegan's work has always exhibited a breadth of musical sensibility, from his recordings of Lead Belly songs with Kurt Cobain (prior to Nirvana's global breakthrough) to lending his unmistakable vocals to James Lavelle et al on UNKLE's 'Looking For The Rain' in 2017.
'Somebody’s Knocking' will be released 18th October via Heavenly Recordings and is available to preorder here.
Mark Lanegan Band will also tour the UK in December 2019. Find out more at marklanegan.com