The Innocent Bystander
Debut single: Waster (feat. Daniel Hoff)
Digital Download – Sept. 30, 2016
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The Innocent Bystander is the new project from Dublin-based producer/songwriter Mark Healy. Mark began his career with The Josephs, signing to Deconstruction Records, London, in 1996. Since then, Mark has collaborated with Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Carol Keogh, and Elevens; performed with Madness, Wayne Kramer (MC5), and Clem Burke (Blondie); and composed the original score for celebrated author Irvine Welsh’s film project Nuts (2008). The Innocent Bystander is his first solo outing.
The Innocent Bystander grew out of Mark’s ambition to “make guitar music that takes nothing from the Blues”. Debut single “Waster” (featuring 21-year-old vocalist Daniel Hoff) combines influences from New Order, Everything But the Girl and Steve Reich with Mark’s affection for the unsung guitar heroes of Trashcan Sinatras, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile. The result is an individual take on a classic indie sound. The scope of The Innocent Bystander is demonstrated by the single’s b-side “Schiller”, which explores ambient territory with its layered washes of treated guitar and piano.
The Innocent Bystander’s music, whatever the tempo, explores themes of isolation and distance – but the music is never morose, animated as it is by righteous anger at the cruelties of modern life, and a passion for possibilities of using music to talk about them.
The Innocent Bystander is currently working on a debut album, There’s Music Still Left in These Streets, due for release in 2017.