Marcus Blake is a founding member of the Los Angeles rock trio, Mother Superior.
Mother Superior has toured all over the world, establishing big followings in the U.S., Europe (especially Spain), the U.K. and Japan.
The group has released critically acclaimed albums with Henry Rollins, Daniel Lanois and The MC5’s Wayne Kramer sitting in the producers’ chair along the way.
Mother Superior’s music has also been heard in films and television shows including, Dancing at the Blue Iguana, National Lampoon’s Dad’s Week Off, Supernatural and True Hollywood Story.
Marcus also played bass and co-wrote songs for music renaissance man, Henry Rollins in the Rollins Band. The band has toured all over the world and released the albums: Get Some Go Again; Nice; the live album: The Only Way To Know For Sure; and others. Perhaps, the band’s most high profile album was Rise Above, a benefit album for the West Memphis Three. For this particular album, the band re-recorded Black Flag songs with artists such as Rollins, Iggy Pop, Motorhead’s Lemmy, Queens Of The Stone Age
and Tom Araya (Slayer), providing vocals amongst many others.
In addition, Marcus also has played bass/background vocals for Grammy winning producer/performer, Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young). Highlights include worldwide touring and recordings with him including work on the Lanois documentary film, Here is What Is and its soundtrack. In addition, Blake collaborated with Lanois for the score for the documentary film, loudQUIETloud: A Film About The Pixies.
Marcus currently plays bass and does and background vocals for the legendary Los Angeles band, Sparks. Blake has done recording, numerous concerts, tv and radio performances with Ron and Russell Mael & company, including BBC TV’s Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and The Culture Show. Marcus also participated in Sparks’ groundbreaking 21 Albums In 21 Nights concert series in London, where the band performed all 21 albums in as many nights live to enthusiastic crowds.
Blake plays on Sparks’ latest album, The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman, which won extreme praise from the press. Sparks recently played a concert as part of the Los Angeles Film Fest performing The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman in its entirety.
In addition, Marcus writes songs and plays for Pearl, daughter of famed singer, Meat Loaf. He co-wrote and played bass on Pearl’s album, Little Immaculate White Fox. Pearl toured across the U.S. and Europe with metal giant, Scott Ian (Anthrax) playing guitar in the band. Recent tours include shows with Meat Loaf and Heart.
Marcus’ other work includes supplying background vocals on Meat Loaf’s last album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear (which went top ten in Europe) and writing with rock legend, Alice Cooper.
Marcus Blake just finished recording his first solo album, Distorted Hymns. One of the songs from the upcoming album, “Don’t Taser Me, Bro!” makes its worldwide debut on Occupy This Album. “Don’t Taser Me, Bro!” features Marcus’ friend, Jason Schwartzman on cowbell! Distorted Hymns is to be released later this year featuring contributions from Rollins, Sparks and Lisa Ronson, daughter of legendary guitarist, Mick Ronson.
Why did you write the song and participate in Occupy This Album?
I just finished recording my upcoming album, Distorted Hymns and Richard Barone (who also has a track on Occupy This Album) heard my song, “Don’t Taser Me, Bro!” from my record and thought it would be perfect to make it’s debut on Occupy This Album. I agree!
It’s a humorous song about someone who gets a little greedy and steals things to “feed his kicks”. Sound familiar? It’s also has my pal, Jason Schwartzman playing cowbell on the track. Yes, cowbell! It’s got tasers in it! It’s got it all!
What the movement means to me/where do I think the movement is heading?
I see the Occupy movement as a great thing. Democracy is based on “for the people, by the people”. Along the way, the 1% have tried to make it for “the person” or for the “corporation”. We just want our voices heard.
The best change has come from protest but non-violent protest like Gandhi or Dr. Martin Luther King demonstrated.
I am honored to protest non-violently through music along with the other great 98 acts on Occupy This Album. Awareness is a mighty powerful thing. I see the Occupy album as a great way to keep the Occupy movement in the public eye. Power to the people right on!