Artist: Rubbernekkerz
Album: Rx: Prescription
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Artist Name Rubbernekkerz
Album Rx: Prescription
Style of Music Alternative rock
Hometown Toronto (Newmarket), ON, Canada
Artist Email teaudio@gmail.com
A genre-crossing musical interpretation of a Christmas classic, with darkwave and electronic influences, and perhaps a little smirk to go with the nod to tradition. This is a single release only; for more, see the recent Rx release from Rubbernekkerz
Influences David Bowie, Peter Gabriel
Sounds Like Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), David Bowie, Peter Gabriel

In 2006, Mark Harrington first released music from his alter-ego, Rubbernekkerz. In 2018, he released the 3rd Rubbernekkerz album, Rx: Prescription. He has also released 3 CDs under his own name, but underwent somewhat of a shift in focus along the way, to a more edgy, moody, and cinematic sound under the moniker Rubbernekkerz. Mark's voice has drawn comparisons to David Bowie, and Peter Murphy. One press article accurately described him as a "perennial and voluntary outsider".

In the late 1980s, Mark played in the electronic rock trio Heik and the Shakes. Subsequently, he co-founded the Toronto Experimental Artists artist-run cassette label in 1988, upon which he would release a number of indie cassettes, prior to his first CD release (Capricorn Flakes) in 1993. www.Rubbernekkerz.com and www.MarkHarrington.info tell more of the story.

I'll Be Home for Christmas is a genre-crossing musical interpretation of a Christmas classic, with darkwave and electronic influences, and perhaps a little smirk to go with the nod to tradition. This is a single release only; for more, see the recent Rx release from Rubbernekkerz. It is a follow-up to the recent album release, below...

 

With Rx: Prescription, Rubbernekkerz deliver an hour-long introspective range of alt-rock songs that create an emotional mood from a layering of sounds. Natural and synthetic textures blend to create a spacey backdrop for lyrics that circle around reflective and often melancholy themes. The styles borrowed from range from dark-wave to prog-rock. The topics dealt with in the lyrics include collisions of opposites (such as Machine vs. Animal, and Babylon), and laws that compel speech. Quite intentionally, the tune that addresses that latter topic has no words, is likely the strongest statement on the album (Compelled Speech). A quirky dark sense of humor is seen throughout, such as in the song Van Goth, which appeals to the listener to show compassion for a strange goth character who seems to parallel Vincent van Gogh.

 

Chief Rubbernekker, Canadian (Toronto-area) Mark Harrington is joined on the song Wait a Minute by vocalist Simon Caine, who enjoyed fame in the early 1970s. Speaking of the past, one of these songs (Pictures of Red) was written by Mark in 1987!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CIqNb_kfxc