Gerry Casey Interviews Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun
Making a Scene Brings you Gerry Casey’s Interview with Marcus Malone and Innes Silbun of Malone Sibun
The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun for a handful of warm up dates for a new band with familiar faces.
The new band came about with a chance meeting at a show which uncovered a surprising amount of musical common ground. Both musicians had just enjoyed the busiest 12 months of their careers and it was time to appraise their respective situations.
As Innes Sibun explains: “When the chance comes along to play with a great musician who is travelling down the same musical road as you, then you jump at it. Listening to Marcus Malone I hear echo’s of two of my favourite singers, Paul Rodgers, Otis Redding and early David Coverdale, but above all it’s Marcus’s own unmistakable style & delivery.”
Marcus adds: “To say we are moving in the same direction musically is an understatement. Not only does Innes have shades of my favourite guitar players – Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Paul Kossoff – but he also has the soulful approach and the dynamics of BB and Albert King. Put all those influences together and you get the unique style of Innes Sibun.”
Marcus Malone has just enjoyed the most successful year of his career. His critically acclaimed album ‘A Better Man’ on Redline records has topped several ‘best of the year’ polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards.
The former UA and Motown, Motorcity artist had a diverse hard rock and soul background, before he settled in a blues/rock and direction and relocated to the UK. He played the Albert Hall with BB King and quickly established himself as a top flight blues rocker with a handful of excellent albums , of which his current release is easily his best: “A Better Man’ lives up to its conceptual title as a celebration of everything that makes Marcus one of the most exciting rock/blues bands in Europe.“
Innes Sibun was barely in his 20’s when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant’s ‘Fate of Nations’ world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe.
He’s an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from rock and blues into jazz and funk.
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Marcus has been nominated by the UK Blues Awards 2018 for Best Male Vocalist and by EU Blues awards for Best Vocalist and Best Album ‘A Better Man’ 2017. Marcus was no 5 most played artist 2017 UK IBBA charts.
Together the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Malone’s soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun’s high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel. It’s an exciting musical partnership born of the same musical influences, but one that offers them a broader canvas than before.
Innes concludes: “I’m influenced by a melting pot of blues, rock and soul. And Marcus’s songs have that sweet blend of all three of those styles, which at times reminding me of Free, Thin Lizzy and lots of Stax influences.”
Marcus agrees: “My writing draws on classic rock to blues rock – and even a bit of 60’s West Coast – so Innes ‘suits me to a T’, as we say in Detroit. Whatever I throw his way I’m sure he will compliment with his guitar style and vice versa.”