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Moods: Mood: Dreamy New Age: Space Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

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United States - California - LA

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Mark Bryson

I broke into the music scene in Phoenix,1965, joining The Hearsemen, a popular high school band as the singer and rhythm guitar. We played everywhere in Arizona from Tuba City to Ft. Huachuca. There were high school dances, frat parties, desert boondockers, Air Force Bases, bars, clubs and psychedelic armory dances. We recorded four of my songs under the name,The Hobbit before my 16th birthday, which made me...a songwriter. That's pretty cool, I thought.
New name, POLAND. We broke up in Phoenix in '70, moved to San Francisco separately and regrouped. Then on to Los Angeles in '72. And then we broke up, again. It happens. I got a job at a carwash, met some people not in the carwash business, wrote some songs, got a record deal. I stayed.
Fast forward: One rock opera, hundreds of songs, bands, LA Bullets, Bon Mot, Cool Room, studio hours, dozens of great musicians, wonderful friends, lawyers, guns, money and maybe even a few Hollywood nights in the Hollywood Hills later, the RIOT on SUNSET album comes together.
This latest collection of songs was a four and a half year project. We started with Johannesburg, a kind of folkish tune in the beginning. But when I heard the things Gregg was doing with arrangement and keyboards, the hair stood up on my arms! I knew we had something special. Since Allison, Gregg & Alien Studios are in California and I'm now in Arizona, we were only able to record about three songs a year. Long commute! Armed with guitars, keyboard, online drums, pencil and notebook, I'd make a 2-track rough draft at home, send an mp3 to Gregg and after careful scheduling, hit the road back to LA. It was exhilarating to have but three or maybe four days each trip to make studio magic. It wasn't until after we finished a few songs that realized the album was going to be about slices of life in the big city.
Yeah, Los Angeles, where one can find magic and tragedy, wonder and mayhem, spectacular success and barest survival. The place where the same folks in the neighborhood populate the films from the neighborhood. From, "Chinatown" to "A Star is Born" to "Pulp Fiction", it's just the folks from the hood where everybody's got a story. A lot of tales never get told. But some do. RIOT on SUNSET is a collection of reflections from life in The City of Angels.