Marvelous Mark – Bite Me (Music Video)
by Steven Spoerl
Marvelous Mark (known humanly as Mark Fosco) made his name in the Marvelous Darlings and The Roommates, two essential powerpop acts. In both, he played partner to Ben Cook (most famously known for his work in Fucked Up) but here, he showcases what he can do on his own. There are blissful melodies that are layered as pristinely as possible- yet they don’t overshadow his gift for a quick turn of phrase. That it’s as simplistic as it is winds up being part of the point, which is emphasized even more strongly in the song’s accompanying video.
Capitalzing on the downtrodden mood buried beneath the otherwise spritely tune, the Ben Cook-directed and Nick Marian-shot video just focuses on one man enabling his most lethargic tendencies, never leaving the confines of his room. It’s a smart companion piece to a perfect first outing from Marvelous Mark and only ensures its longevity. There’s remarkable restraint and a fair amount of finesse wrapped up in the tiniest details, which makes this a project to watch.
“Bite Me” b/w “Paralysed” is currenly available as a very limited lathe-cut clear 7″ flexi from Bad Actors (which is Cook’s label, making it seem pretty difficult to separate these two), who also have the single available as a cassette.