Photo by Kenneth Bachor
When Mark Mulcahy resurfaced in 2012 with his “Low Birthweight Child” 7-inch single, it sparked a bit of a resurgence. Within a year, he had played his first-ever shows with once-fictional band Polaris, and released his first solo album in eight years, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You. But in all the hubbub, one piece of work got swept under the rug — until now.
Director Mark Pellington (Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, Foo Fighters’ “Best of You”, Nine Inch Nails’ “We’re in this Together”) shot two videos for Dear Mark J. Mulcahy. One, “Let the Fireflies Fly Away” was released last summer while the other, “Where’s the Indifference Now?”, has sat on a shelf. Now, with a fresh cut featuring tragically recent news footage, Pellington and Mulcahy have finally released the heartbreaking video.
As the song is “a meditation on celebrity death and detachment and the spectacle of grief,” the video intersperses Mulcahy performing the track with clips of media coverage surrounding the death of people like Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, and Robin Williams.
“Mark Mulcahy is a great artist and commentator for our times,” Pellington tells Consequence of Sound. “I first became a fan of Mark and his music with Miracle Legion in the early 80’s. The melodic sad folk pop served as a soundtrack to my own yearning 20’s. The earnest jangle and strains of his musical view and lyrics of desire perfectly complimented my world view. We met and I remained a fan. Time, lives went their own ways… Cut to 25 years later, I was a widower of 5 years, nearing 50 and I scanned the Internet and heard of Mark’s own tragic loss of his wife. As members of this sad single dad club, I reached out to reconnect and share. I heard his brilliant record Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, and saw he was coming to LA. We met up a year ago and I shot a simple performance video for Fireflies and also this piece.”
Pellington adds that the creative energy from he and Mulcahy’s recent reconnection hasn’t faded. “We want to collaborate on a film next , and have discussed developing a musical about a memorabilia dealer trying to do the right thing.” Stay tuned for that, but for now, catch Polaris and Mulcahy on tour at the following dates:
Polaris 2015 Tour Dates:
07/09 – Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House
07/11 – Greenfield, MA @ Green River Festival
Mark Mulcahy solo 2015 Tour Dates:
08/02 – Montpelier, VT @ Vermont College of Fine Arts