One of the first tours I did with the Supersuckers was probably one of the most memorable because Zeke was also on the bill. This was around 2001. I knew Zeke from my times in Los Angeles but I didn’t really know Zeke until one specific
show in Hoboken, NJ at a place called Maxwell’s. I remember during sound check, Marky breaking out Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption as if it were as easy as frying an egg. I was floored. I just couldn’t believe that this band with its own sound and super charged power was making its way through a sound check at Maxwells with the attitude that it was playing Giant Stadium. Imagine if every band had that bravado…but it does say in their bio “rock like this might be the last show ever”.
The last time I saw Zeke was when they were on the bill during the Supersuckers 20th Anniversary Show in Seattle, WA. in 2008. And they played that night like it might be their last too.
Here’s a Q&A with Marky from Zeke. I wanna thank Brian Kasnyik aka Kaz for helping me pull this off and for the photo’s included. And I wanna thank the readers for reading…
Q: Zeke is going to celebrate their 20th anniversary here soon. What can we expect?
A: Wow, that long, huh? ridiculous, really! We haven’t got anything planned per se. But the last time we tried to do an anniversary show in Seattle it was pure bloody chaos. We could barely play. And half the band was stone cold sober! Someone tried to ram a mic down my throat and chipped my tooth…again! Amps falling over… I don’t know if it was piss or beer or puke all over the floor but it was impossible to remain standing for the last part of the set. Maybe that’s why we haven’t planned anything as of yet.
Q: Marky you’re an awesome guitar player. I heard you liked my Redd Volkaert interview and that you dig Roy Buchanan. What other guitar players do you like and are there any stories you care to share?
A: Thanks. I’ve been playing since I was 9 yrs. old so I better be able to play halfway decent. Volkaert is a master of the instrument. I didn’t know about Buchanan until Brian turned me onto him. Now I know where Page got everything. Mostly the old guys; Clapton, Beck, Hendrix. I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and you have to be pretty quick if you want to hang with other musicians there. I’ve picked up country and blues styles there. I went through kind of an obsession with Michael Schenker and Ulrich Roth. So you might hear a little of that. Obviously I’m a bit limited doing the kind of music Zeke writes. So I was happy with Death Alley. There were a couple of places where you might get a taste of what I can do when I cut loose a little. I honestly slacked off on Til The Livin End but I just wanted to lay back and give Jeff some room to be what he is… a badass. I’m pretty sure there will be some of my best guitar work on the new Zeke stuff if we can just get it recorded. I guess Chris isn’t that bad either.
Q: Til The Livin End is my favorite Zeke album; Chinatown, 383, and Hold Tight are Rock-N-Roll masterpieces… What’s your favorite Zeke record and why?
A: Thanks, brother. It’s funny. Those tunes were written just a couple days before we went in and recorded it. A lot of those songs were actually written for other projects and I’d play one of those riffs and Donny or Jeff would be like, ” Let’s play that!” And so when Relapse wanted a Zeke record…well, It may not have been what they were expecting. They probably wanted another Death Alley which was written in about a month. I was obsessed with that whole concept, really. It just came out right. But the truth is that the Zeke fans at Relapse said they thought Til The Living End was a rock and roll masterpiece. I guess if we’ve got their vote and your vote.. I guess I’m happiest with Flat Tracker. The tones are all there. It rocks like hell but is still in control. I like what we did on the European split with Peter Pan Speedrock. We may try to make those recordings more available at a later date. The last single we did for Relapse, that’s kind of the direction we’re heading in. Jack Endino and I work well together. I’m very critical of him and he could really care less. If I listened to some of his suggestions we’d make better records!
Q: There’s gotta be a favorite tour story from the road…please share.
A: Well, I should really just write a bloody book! There’s just a lot of frightening stuff that happened in and around us all through the experience of doing this band. Much of it is probably pretty funny in a weird way. But often people got
hurt, it wasn’t a good deal. I remember we used to stop in the middle of 302 and just start hurling pounder glasses at audience members. You can imagine: the pounder glasses break when they hit folks’ skulls! A-cars would show up. Glad I don’t have to live that way anymore.
Q: If you could sit in and play with any band past or present who would it be?
A: Well I think I could probably have been the third guitarist for Derek and the Dominoes, you know…
Q: Can you suggest a few good books to read and songs to hear?
A: I’m reading Larry Niven stuff right now. Some Heinlein. Of course I’m a huge Lovecraft fan. The Illuminatus trilogy is pretty hilarious. I guess I really love Electric Wizards’ Dunwich. 1st track on the Blind Faith LP David Allan Coe’s Family Album and whatever the name of the LP he did when he hung out in Key West…Spectrum IV I think. Anything by the Byrds, Marshall Tucker Band,Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Broughton Band. etc. So many books, So much music….