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Here Come the Indians

by Mark Hilton

A pop-rock affair with twangy grooves, catchy hooks, riffin’ guitars and a BritPop vibe. Anita Quayle plays some chilling cello on “Faith is a Fool” and “Underneath the Covers”.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Here Come the Indians
4:22 $0.99
2. Heavenly
3:52 $0.99
3. Come on Cal
2:12 $0.99
4. I Wanna Drive
3:38 $0.99
5. She's On
4:06 $0.99
6. Mulberry Tree
4:09 $0.99
7. Faith Is a Fool
4:57 $0.99
8. Little Brown Bag
2:48 $0.99
9. Bigger Than Ben Hur
3:33 $0.99
10. Candlestick Park
2:56 $0.99
11. There Go the Cowboys
2:27 $0.99
12. Underneath the Covers
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes

Chris Copping - hammond (track 3)
Michael Davis - drums (tracks 2-6, 8-12)
Tom Griss - drums (track 1)
Mark Hilton - guitars, bass, piano, synth, vocals
Neil McGrath - chorus BVs, bass solo (track 6)
Kya Moore - BVs (tracks 2, 3, 9, 11)
Anita Quayle - cello (track 5, 7, 11, 12)
Jon Shannon - lap steel (track 9)


“humorous and honest – swampy, soulful songs and gritty realism”
RAY KENNEDY (Grammy award winning producer – Steve Earle, Ray Davies)

“I think your songs are really beautiful”
DON WALKER (Cold Chisel)

"your songs are so beautiful and soulful"

“John Lennon in acoustic mood, Queen, The Go-Betweens and Elvis Costello”
TREVOR HOCKINS (Sunshine Coast Daily)


Irresistible – TREVOR HOCKINS (Sunshine Coast Daily)

Hilton’s found a depth in his songs that is irresistible. Here Come The Indians is deceptively simple: guitars, voice, strings, strong melodies and clever words. And Hilton puts it together soooo easily.

From the first words he utters here (on the darkly haunting Heavenly): “You’re my heroine, I’m so thick and you’re so thin …,” you know sweet love songs are never going to be quite the same again. And there’s the mesmerising, lazy warmth of I Wanna Drive, and the whimsy of Mulberry Tree, stocked with childhood memories that ripple up like waves of heat.

Faith Is A Fool tries to deal with being left alone, while Little Brown Bag happily bops along about how wonderful and silly obsession can be. Musically, Hilton hints at the likes of John Lennon in acoustic mood, Queen, The Go-Betweens and Elvis Costello, with wisps of eastern and celtic smoke wafting through. But he never gives up the character of his songs.

Here Comes The Indians is the essence of indie music … stripped back, atmospheric, killer melodies … heart with soul. Simple, eh? Simply wonderful, in fact.


Mark Hilton’s new album, ‘Here Come the Indians’, is a rootsy, atmospheric journey, a trip that could just as easily be the soundtrack to a smoky, breezy backyard afternoon or an epic, stateside road trip. With a title track that sounds like Dick Dale (if he’d gone to art school) to the vintage threads of ‘Come on Cal’ (recently screening on Rage) to the dirty guitar and cello flirting of ‘She’s On’, this is an album by an artist who understands that guitar is king.

Mark has performed live in Melbourne for a number of years, playing guitar and keyboards with The Philosopher’s Stone and The Naturals, who had a #1 alternative hit with ‘On the Alert’ (Mushroom Records).

His debut EP with his band The Holy Ghosts was ‘Sleep is Calling’, and the cruise-o-matic track ‘God Must be Out of His Mind’ received heavy airplay on 3RRR and 3PBS. That was followed up by the acclaimed album ‘Beauty and Innocence’, and now the latest offering, ‘Here Come the Indians’.

Throughout his live and recording career, Mark has collaborated with members of bands such as Procol Harum, Dead Can Dance, Crystal Set, The Black-Eyed Susans, Crown of Thorns, and the Working Class Ringos.

Mark is currently playing a residency at the Curry Family Hotel in Collingwood with his latest band, The Elementals. Toting Rickenbackers and killer harmonies, they distil their ideas into a potent brew. Melbourne’s always been known as Australia’s live music capital. Performers like Mark Hilton are the reason why.



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