Sun Kil Moon - The 2014Tour
Sun Kil Moon - self given moniker for solo performer Mark Kozelek and his collaborators
- is hitting the road after the release of his latest album, Benji. His criss-crossing 5 month tour will span two continents
and over 10 countries. Notable stops include Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Louisville, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New
York. Across the pond he'll be playing from Madrid to Stockholm, and most places in between. During this tour Kozelek has
sold out venues in across the Pacific Northwest and has sold out European venues weeks in advance.
Sun Kil Moon will
be playing both smaller, more intimate venues as well as playing major slots in the upcoming Pitchfork and Forecastle music
festivals. Whatever the venue, Mark's tour is sure to deliver his newest material from Benji as well as the classics from
Ghosts and Tiny Cities and the rest of his catalog that made us fall in love with his music in the first place. Whether you're
seeing them in an intimate venue or at a giant festival, Sun Kil Moon is not to be missed!
While this tour originally
planned for long time collaborator Steve Shelley to accompany Mark, most tour dates in the first half of 2014 will be Mark
performing alone. Shelley will be joining Mark for performances again as soon as he is able.
About Sun Kil Moon
in 2002 to succeed his previous outfit Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon became Mark Kozelek's main project, with other collaborators
and band members often coming and going from album to album. Kozelek's deep, baritone vocals and bucolic song writing make
him an unforgettable pillar of the Folk Rock/Indie genre.
Mark was born in Massillon, Ohio, where he would spend part
of his childhood before moving on to Atlanta, Georgia and finally to San Francisco, California. Anthony Kuotsos, close friend
and bandmate, would follow Mark from Atlanta to San Francisco where they would meet Gorden Mack and Jerry Vessel. The four
would eventually form indie band Red House Painters. After some success, Red House Painters would dissolve as Kozelek would
take the time to focus on a variety of solo projects before forming Sun Kil Moon.
Kozelek has also shown great interest
in covers, including covers of John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel, and Paul McCartney. One of the albums released by Sun Kil
Moon, Tiny Cities (2005) was comprised entirely of covers of popular indie rock icons Modest Mouse.
Sun Kil Moon's first album, Ghosts of the Great Highway, was a massive hit, and would become a folk favorite that
would put Kozelek's new project on the map. Hits included "Glenn Tipton" and "Carry Me Ohio", with the latter making it into
Pitchfork Media's list of top 500 songs of the 2000s. The album would be universally acclaimed by critics and is one of the
seminal folk albums of the decade.
Their sophomore record would be Tiny Cities, then followed by April. Both albums
would live up to the expectations of set by Ghosts. April would show a shift towards a lighter sound and more into the alternative
rock genre. Kozelek would also experiment with his song structures, lengthening them far beyond the standard three minute
industry standard and also saw more incorporation of electric guitar elements.
2010 and 2012 would see the release of
two more albums, Admiral Fell Promises and Among the Leaves. By 2012 Sun Kil Moon had become staples in the genre and their
influence could be seen in bands such as Kings of Convenience and Bon Iver. For the later albums, Kozelek showed more of a
disposition towards solo work, and would collaborate less during these albums.
Sun Kil Moon is
named after Korean boxer Moon Sung-Kil. A common thread in Sun Kil Moon's first album, Ghosts of the Great Highway, are songs
named after different boxing champions - including Kim Duk-Koo, Pancho Villa, and Salvador Sanchez.
Kozelek, both under
the moniker of Sun Kil Moon and in his solo works, is fond of doing covers of influential or meaningful songs. This includes
Little Cities, which is composed entirely of songs from Indie rock icons Modest Mouse. However, Mark takes great liberty with
cover songs, with his version often radically different from the original. Unless one knows the lyrics to a song, it is almost
impossible to tell that a cover is being played.
The Sun Kil Moon Concert Experience
With soothing melodies
and his low baritone voice, Sun Kil Moon is a soothing example of what indie music is supposed to sound like. While often
times performing alone or accompanied by one or two performers, Mark provides a deeply personal experience that resonates
within the entire crowd. SKM's lyrics are known for being autobiographical in nature and profoundly emotional. Whether up
front and center or with a blanket in the grass, enjoying Sun Kil Moon live is not an experience to miss.