Money Mark with
support from Just Jack
Manchester Roadhouse

Money Mark

Holding up a mirror for the crowd to peer into their own lives by funkily flying into the house/garage flirting, slow rap of Jack Allsop, featuring some calming and comforting diva backing, for the day-to-day sound-tracking 'Every Life Stories', shows Just Jacks' universal edge. The terse lyrical bite grips onto gatherers and drags them into the world of the downtrodden life-spectator. Fuzzed up guitars to the Jazz FM stylee, hangover the tandem vocal approach that sees the soulful and soothing female backing polishing Jack's rough soul-bearing pitch in 'All About You'. 'Snowflakes' is the best known and most appreciated offering, mainly for its stoner lyrics and hanging musical backdrop and is most likely to draw The Streets comparisons. Prima donnas a heartily put in their place with wit and cynicism, through closer 'Starz In Their Eyes' that puts this street poet in the "to check out again" category by many of the appreciative watchers here tonight.

Money Mark represented the musical talent of the Beastie Boys when he joined that posse (yeah, they did have some, honestly!) and his introductory digitalising shows his rawness and eye for the off-kilter tone, tonight provided with help from an amp and boom-tick operator. A complete change in mood follows when the impresario starts a trickle of blues that continues to flow through set in 'Harmonics Of Life', as a Dylan styled, harmonica solo instils a pondering feel to the night. The intimate solo aspect continues into the Elton John keyboard inclusive 'Summer Blues', stunning the crowd with poignancy and aching thought projection that you would never expect from an ex-Beastie Boy.

Money Mark is joined by long-time drummer who provides steady, almost world music beats and the lion share of the bass to proceedings thanks to United Airlines for depriving them of a bass pedal, but inconvenience merely aids the improvised aspect of the set. Also, joining the fray is a talented synth and keys player, whom Money Mark had met "oohh, about a week ago". 'Summer Blues' projects a reggae feel, as the vibe building set starts to wander into territory that even Money Mark himself, is not sure of its true direction. The main man plays lead on whatever instrument he utilises and is evidently coaching his new found member. The set is all about the vibes that are being crafted through the longing vocals and multi-instrumental projection. All this helps to provide 80 minutes of searching adventure with a Norlandic edge, showing that music is certainly a journey of discovery.

David Adair


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