Mark Sultan and The Pink Street Boys tonight
Mark Sultan, otherwise known as BBQ is a Canadian one man band who will be performing at Gaukurinn in central Reykjavik tonight along with the loudest band in the world, Iceland's Pink Street Boys and punk newcomers Spunk.
Sultan started with the unfortunate moniker (BBQ) in 2000, playing shows as a one-man band at parties and for friends, releasing a few 45s and a couple of LPs in the US and in Europe. And then he formed ‘The King Khan & BBQ Show’ with pal King Khan in 2003. A few years later, he reverted back to the name Mark Sultan to cut records on In The Red Records.
It was a way to make ‘full band’ sounds without misleading fans. ‘BBQ’ is the one-man band format with which he has toured for years. The new album (‘Mark Sultan’) is his first real one-man band LP since 2005’s ‘Tie Your Noose’ on legendary Bomp! Records. Recorded in late 2014, it’s a real rock n roll exploration of the garage sounds of his youth, done live off the floor in 1-2 takes each song.
He has paid his dues in spades, touring from Canada, the USA and Mexico to Europe, South America, Asia, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera Hous, with releases on revered labels like Sub Pop, In The Red, Crypt, Bomp!, Goner, Vice, Norton, SFRTI, Dirtnap, Hozac and Fat Possum.
he gained the respect of many music fans and musicians, too. He's also a member of these bands: King Khan & BBQ Show, Mind Controls, Almighty Defenders, Spaceshits, Les Sexareenos, Ding-Dongs... Mark is thought to be – for better or worse – ground zero when it comes to doo-wop infused garage rock in modern times. The new album only touches upon this briefly, with far more nods to mid-60s moody sounds done in his inimitable style.
The concerts starts at 10 pm and admission is a mere 1000 ISK.