Makar (Mah-Car) is a 15th century Scottish term meaning Poet and also a dark and groovy little New York band. An acoustic guitar and piano driven indie-rock band that makes Punk and Poet rejoice and dance together.
All of Makar wants to give up their day jobs, happily and ecstatically, so they can write and play music all day every day. After all, writing a song like “I Hate My Job” is not just a coincidence. Makar has secretly strange songs that are deceptively catchy, although if you listen too closely to the lyrics you realize you shouldn’t be singing along…maybe?
Makar began with Mark looking for a band to join as a singer and finding nothing appealing, so Andrea said “why don’t you write your own songs?” So he did! But Andrea kept butting in and adding her 2 cents, so Mark said, “Why don’t you write a song?” So she did. And that’s where it all began!
Makar has had several incarnations, but currently consists of Andrea DeAngelis, co-singer/songwriter/guitarist from New Jersey, Mark Purnell, co-singer/songwriter/pianist from New York, Mark Nilges, bassist from Chicago and Dawn McGrath, drummer from New York.
Beginning in 2002-03, Makar played its first, nail-biting, exciting NY gigs at places like Luna Lounge, CBGBs gallery, Knitting Factory and Pianos and began recording their 18-song debut album, 99 Cent Dreams, on July 14, 2002 at Multiway Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
After 3 years the debut album arrived and Makar is working hard to promote the hell out of it! With a new lineup Makar wants to put a rock and roll smile on your face and shake your hips and minds awake. No more living thick and slow! As Jim Morrison used to say “wake up!” There’s a revolution on the internet and in indie music in general, and Makar is ready to take you for the ride! 99 Cent Dreams is available on cdbaby.com and itunes.com. Recent Makar Highlights:
* Makar tunes were played on the following podcasts and radio stations over the summer 2007 – Chill Out Radio, Farces Mo Radio, Rock Collections, Bloody Rose Podcast, Outsight Radio Hour, and WNTI 91.9 FM! * I Hate My Job was number 8 in the Top 100 of 2007 on DFSX Radio * August 2007 – The live video of What Can I Tell You & I Can’t Tell You to Stay aired on Country Soul TV. * Many of Andrea’s poems have been played on various spoken word podcasts such as Homegrown, Eadon’s Place, Sundown Lounge, Cloudy Day Art, Outlaw Punk Cowboy Show, Coffee House to Go and most recently Insomnia Café. * In May 2007, Makar tunes were played on “Drinks with Larry and Lauren” and featured during the Grand Opening Online Party for Indie Output in May 2007. * Honey-Colored Time kicked off The Country Music Cast, April 2007. * I Hate My Job music video was aired on Indigo TV Thursday, March 22, 2007 as part of their “Indigo Top Web Video” contest. * MAKAR was featured on Dementia Radio’s Top Twenty. * I Hate My Job music video directed by Brian Schultz was played on MTV2! * Siren Rebellion and Radio Crystal Blue played “I Hate My Job” in February 2007. * In January 2007, Host Hoagie Malone played Alligator Agents on his Super Fantastic Ultra Show and there was an in-store appearance by MAKAR at the boutique Paragraph located in San Francisco, CA. * In late 2006, MAKAR was played on the following podcasts – Edmonton podcast, Longtown Sound podcast, The Phill(er)’s Podcast, The Outlaw Punk Podcast, Well-Rounded Radio, The Gomem Show, the RightishBrain Podcast, Atapuerca Factory, Great American Music Hour, Psichonicos Daily Podcast, Musical Alchemy, The Ginger Bohemian Podcast, and Top Ten Music Countdown! * MAKAR made the best of 2006 on Atapuerca Factory. * MAKAR’s debut album 99 Cent Dreams re-released 12/12/2006 by Sizzleteen Records.
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