MARK DEUTROM: PopMatters Premieres “Through The Ringing Cedars” Video; The Blue Bird LP Out Now Via Season Of Mist + Spring Tour With Valley Of The Sun Announced

[photos by Jennifer Deutrom]

Austin, Texas-based MARK DEUTROM presents a new video for “Through The Ringing Cedars,” a track found on his latest mind-altering solo album, The Blue Bird, out now on Season Of Mist. The new video sees its public debut through a premiere at PopMatters as DEUTROM announces the first widespread tour in support of the new LP.

The first work from the former Melvins and Clown Alley member under the MARK DEUTROM name in almost six years, The Blue Bird delivers thirteen diverse tracks, with over fifty minutes of intoxicating, surreal rock, exploring the boundaries of melody, space, nuance, and volume as it flows from track-to-track like a prismatic audio storybook. From classic unconventional heaviness to fever dream haziness, MARK DEUTROM‘s multi-instrumentalist approach moves from strength to strength without ever letting his foot off the gas. The Blue Bird is rock grandeur, oozing poise and purpose, and has all the hallmarks to be an abiding piece of heavy rock history.

Following its January release through new label home, Season Of Mist, who also reissued MARK DEUTROM‘s entire back-catalog preceding the new LP’s birth, a new video for “Through The Ringing Cedars” comes forth. Filmed and created by David Brenner for the most succinct and arguably densest song on The Blue Bird, the visuals match the audio, swirling with surrealistic madness and intense disorientation, clanging, thundering, winding.

DEUTROM offers with the new warped new visuals, “Arriving from an unknowable past, we stagger lost in forests of our own making towards an unknowable future.”

PopMatters dubs the video, “In true DEUTROM fashion, it is enigmatic and exploratory, strange and familiar, and executed with an intense musical vision that is equal parts accessible and challenging.”

See MARK DEUTROM’s “Through The Ringing Cedars” video at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.

The Blue Bird is out now on CD, LP, and all digital platforms, with each format featuring a slightly different track listing and arrangement. Place orders for at the Season Of Mist webshop RIGHT HERE and through all digital providers.

The first widespread tour in support of The Blue Bird is now confirmed as well, with a three-week trek booked for this Spring. From April 13th through May 7th, MARK DEUTROM will be joined by trustworthy Bellringer wingmen, drummer Aaron Lack and bassist Brian Ramirez, the trio touring alongside Valley Of The Sun through the Midwest and West Coast US and Southwestern Canada. Additional tour dates are in the works so expect updates in the weeks ahead.

MARK DEUTROM states on the upcoming tour, “I’m absolutely delighted to be getting on the road with my band BELLRINGER for the very first time, and also sharing the stage with Valley Of The Sun. BELLRINGER will be playing material from all of my solo LPs and also some special treats, so come out and get your bell rung.”

4/13/2019 Cactus Club – Milwaukee, MI
4/14/2019 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
4/15/2019 Biggs – Sioux Falls, SD
4/16/2019 Aquarium – Fargo, ND
4/17/2019 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MN
4/18/2019 Amigos – Saskatoon, SK
4/19/2019 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
4/20/2019 County Line Saloon – Calgary, AB @ 420 Fest
4/23/2019 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
4/24/2019 Substation – Seattle, WA
4/25/2019 Dantes – Portland, OR
4/27/2019 Café Colonial – Sacramento, CA
4/28/2019 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
4/29/2019 Resident – Los Angeles, CA
4/30/2019 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
5/02/2019 Come and Take It Live! – Austin, TX
5/03/2019 Lola’s – Fort Worth, TX
5/04/2019 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK
5/05/2019 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/06/2019 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/07/2019 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

The Blue Bird sees MARK DEUTROM performing vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, and more. Bellringer’s live percussionist RL Hulsman (Robert Plant, Nashville Pussy, Tarbox Ramblers) handles the drums for the album, with guest drums/percussion and vibraphone on “Hell Is A City” and drums/percussion on “They Have Won” by Aaron Lack, upright bass on “Hell Is A City” and “They Have Won” by G. Pat Harris, and alto saxophone on “They Have Won” by Joe Morales. The album was recorded at Estuary Recording Facility in Austin, produced by MARK DEUTROM, engineered by Chico Jones, with mixing and additional engineering by Chad Bamford, and mastering and additional engineering by Bernd Heinrauch. The bandleader’s wife Jennifer Deutrom handled the album’s cover art, photography, and video creation.