Mark Mallman

Minneapolis rock legend, Mark Mallman has created a masterwork that turns the classic concept album on its head. The End Is Not The End was released March 25, 2016 on Polkadot Mayhem. In this age of cynicism, with too many people believing rock is dead, comes a sincere telling of an emotional trial we all must face at some point. Mark Mallman has created a 21st century Scary Monsters, except this time, the good guy wins.

In the summer of 2014, with great uncertainty, Mallman was putting his final touches on a collection of nihilist dance tracks called Nightmares. The album was the true account of recurring terror dreams that had haunted him since losing his mother a year earlier. “The city was closing in on me. I was immersed in tension, and the tension was growing. There was a gang war happening on our block that summer - sirens every night. Sometimes gunfire woke me out of a bad dream, taking me from a bad dream into a bad reality. I would work on the record till my ears wouldn't stop ringing and pass out from the noise in my head.”

The songs were tracked in his third floor artist’s loft, nestled between three strip clubs in the core of Minneapolis’ small, unofficial red light district. The ironically named “Harmony Lofts” building was infamous for being the site of the first murder by the Minnesota serial killer who murdered Versace, Andrew Cunanan. “My whole life felt like a horror show. Even at home, the haunted elevator would take tenants to the basement on it's own accord.” says Mallman. Soon would come a notice from his landlord that the lofts were to be re-modeled and his rent was to double. He was being forced out.

At 3am on the morning of September 6, Mallman woke up with an unstoppable anxiety attack that would land him in the hospital. He'd had a complete nervous meltdown. Even the clouds passing over the sun would grip him with fear. “The nightmares I was writing about had crossed over into my waking life. 90% of everything was too scary, especially the minor key. But I was determined to fight.” He'd put all of his time and money into this record, and couldn't afford to just scrap it and start over. Instead, he constructed playlists of major key music, and buried himself in Elvis Presley musicals. “I needed to get happy again. I hit the gym, sometimes twice a day. I tried everything from Western medicine to Himalayan salt lamps.”

Instead of throwing Nightmares in the garbage, he stripped the entire record apart and began reconstructing. In the spring of 2015, he'd left the gritty city behind him for a quiet bungalow, blocks from Lake Nokomis. The record would be renamed, The End is Not The End. Mallman says, “I'd used music for therapy before, but I never realized that it could work the opposite way too. This is medicinal material. I now know with certainty that music has the power to help heal depression.”

Over the course of his 20-year career, Mallman's signature style has earned him a place among the Midwest's greatest indie-rockers. With a stage show that seems yanked out of some punk vaudeville time machine, Mallman has a reputation for wild rock antics that stretches through roadhouses across America. He was the first person to ever webcast a nonstop concert on wheels that traveled from coast to coast, all in the back of a van. He's been a pioneer of brainwave controlled music, as well as the first person to remotely front a rock band via BeamPro robot. He's scored for countless film and television pieces, and he's been suspended upside down from the ceiling over the piano. If Iggy Pop and Philip Glass ever met in a night club, Mark Mallman would be the bartender.

Here we find an artist exposing himself all the way to rawest nerve, the likes of which haven’t been heard since Neutral Milk Hotel's In an Aeroplane Over The Sea or The Eels’ Electro-Shock Blues. It is a deliberate meditation on overcoming the roots of despair. But even so, this is a timeless, kick ass rock record. As Mallman sings it: “I didn't know where I was going / till I stopped believing and I started knowing / The story of life is what was manifested where once was a void.”

Past Shows


Feb
28
th
2020
Turf Club
Feb
28
th
2020
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with Lunch Duchess and THE VON TRAMPS
Feb
15
th
2020
Mainroom
Feb
15
th
2020
Mainroom

Celebrating the Life of ED ACKERSON

with The Jayhawks, KRAIG JOHNSON & THE POE-GRAM (ft. David Poe & special guests), Mark Mallman and more!
Aug
31
st
2019
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Aug
31
st
2019
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Aug
30
th
2019
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Aug
30
th
2019
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Mar
22
nd
2019
7th St Entry
Mar
22
nd
2019
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with 26 BATS! and GABE BARNETT & THEM ROUNDERS
Aug
31
st
2018
Mainroom
Aug
31
st
2018
Mainroom

AL CHURCH’S ELECTRIC PARTY AUTHORITY

with CAMERON KINGHORN (of NOOKY JONES), DJ HOUSE (DEM YUUT), Fort Wilson Riot and more!
Jul
13
th
2018
Turf Club
Jul
13
th
2018
Turf Club

Electric Six

with Mark Mallman
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Eleganza!, Early Eyes, The Bad Man and more!
Dec
3
rd
2017
Turf Club
Dec
3
rd
2017
Turf Club

DJ RYAN CAMERON of Let It Be Records

with Mark Mallman, Chris Riemenschneider, ANDREA SWENSSON (89.3 The Current) and more!
Nov
12
th
2017
7th St Entry
Sep
18
th
2017
Mainroom
Sep
18
th
2017
Mainroom

Andrew W.K.

with Mark Mallman
Sep
1
st
2017
Turf Club
Sep
1
st
2017
Turf Club
Jul
4
th
2017
The Depot Tavern
Jul
4
th
2017
The Depot Tavern
Apr
30
th
2017
7th St Entry
Apr
30
th
2017
7th St Entry
Apr
22
nd
2017
First Avenue
Dec
3
rd
2016
Turf Club
Dec
3
rd
2016
Turf Club

Green Room Music Source 10 Year Anniversary

with The Melismatics, Ruby Isle, Gaelynn Lea and more!
Jul
4
th
2016
The Depot Tavern
Jul
4
th
2016
The Depot Tavern
May
28
th
2016
Turf Club
May
28
th
2016
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with DIRTY FRAMES and Whosah
Feb
5
th
2016
Turf Club
Feb
5
th
2016
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with The Melismatics, Catsax and Lunch Duchess
Oct
31
st
2015
Turf Club
Sep
3
rd
2015
Triple Rock Social Club
Sep
3
rd
2015
Triple Rock Social Club

Andrew W.K.

with Mark Mallman
Aug
21
st
2015
7th St Entry
Aug
21
st
2015
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with ECID, Jaedyn James & The Hunger and Tired Tongues
Jul
4
th
2015
The Depot Tavern
Jul
4
th
2015
The Depot Tavern
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery
May
16
th
2015
Indeed Brewery

ART-A-WHIRL

with Mark Mallman, Rupert Angeleyes, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Apr
10
th
2015
Turf Club
Apr
10
th
2015
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with Step Rockets, Beasthead and John Swardson
Jan
10
th
2015
Mainroom
Jan
10
th
2015
Mainroom

Sean Anonymous

with DJ NAME, Mike Mictlan, Psalm One and more!
Oct
25
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jul
4
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jul
4
th
2014
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with Hippo Campus and Honeystick
Jul
4
th
2014
The Depot Tavern
Nov
29
th
2013
Mainroom
Nov
29
th
2013
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Ol' Yeller, The Blackberry Brandy Boys and more!
Nov
27
th
2013
Turf Club
Nov
27
th
2013
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with Botzy, Bomba de Luz, DJ NEIL WEIR and more!
Oct
18
th
2013
Mainroom
Oct
18
th
2013
Mainroom
Mar
21
st
2013
Mainroom
Mar
21
st
2013
Mainroom
Dec
31
st
2012
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2012
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with UMAMI and BLOODNSTUFF
Dec
31
st
2012
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2012
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with Bomba de Luz and BLOODNSTUFF
Dec
31
st
2011
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2011
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with Koo Koo Kanga Roo and SEXCAT
Dec
31
st
2011
7th St Entry
Dec
31
st
2011
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with General B and the Wiz and Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Oct
14
th
2011
7th St Entry
Oct
14
th
2011
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with Red Daughters and The Big Strong Men
Mar
19
th
2011
7th St Entry
Mar
19
th
2011
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with AATS and Total Babe
Mar
19
th
2011
7th St Entry
Mar
19
th
2011
7th St Entry

Mark Mallman

with Total Babe and AATS
Oct
10
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
10
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
9
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
9
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
8
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
8
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
7
th
2010
Turf Club
Oct
7
th
2010
Turf Club
Feb
6
th
2010
Mainroom
Feb
6
th
2010
Mainroom

GIMME SHELTER

with Solid Gold, Mark Mallman, Zoo Animal and more!

More Shows

Sep
4
th
First Avenue

Apocalyptica

with Lacuna Coil
Aug
9
th
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Cancelled

The Decemberists

Aug
21
st
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Apr
23
rd
First Avenue

Trevor Hall