"SWEET ON THE VINE" by Mark DeCerbo & Four Eyes
Nominated for Best Pop Album-San Diego Music Awards 2006
The San Diego Music Awards will be held Monday, September 18th at Viejas Concerts in the Park.
Come support local music and know that all the proceeds will go to benefit Taylor Guitars for Schools.
The new album by Mark DeCerbo & Four Eyes, "Sweet
On The Vine," on Zip Records will be released on 8/9. Also,
a retrospective compilation album by Four Eyes featuring Mark DeCerbo
on Wizzard In Vinyl Records will be released later this summer.
International Pop Overthrow in LA
We had a phenomenally fun show at Molly
Malone's on Friday. We'd like to thank all of our friends, fans
and family for making the trek to LA on a Friday evening to see Four Eyes.
All those who made it saw not only Four Eyes, playing for the first time
in LA in 15 years, but a wonderfully rockin' cast of pop music bands throughout
The headlining act was The Rembrandts
and they were truly great, as they have been every time I've seen them.
Highlights were, besides Four Eyes of course, Waking
Hours as they plowed through a non-stop,high energy set jumping
through the air with guitars, pushing guitars into amps creating feedback
overload and smashing guitars into the drums and into the floor. The songs
and the performance were amazing, especially my favorite, "Someday
Soon". Static Halo and The
Shambles, both sporting Barts (as in Mendoza), performed superb
sets with my favs being "Postcard" and the finale with Jeremy
from Jam Records on guitar.
Four Eyes... I'm speaking for Larry, Lee, John and myself, were very excited
to be playing at IPO for the first time. It was truly an honor to
be invited and so graciously introduced by David Bash, the events'
creator and pop guru. He does such an amazing job of organizing the bands
and venues all over the world. But, then, he also attends and is
Master of Ceremonies at every show, introducing each band with individual
attention. David, we are not worthy!
My old friend and label boss of Bizzare/Straight, Herb Cohen and his
buisness partner Bob Duffey, also my friend and co-producer of my
album, "Baby's Not In The Mood", showed up to support Four Eyes
and that really meant a lot. I was very happy to see them both and
apparently we didn't hurt Herb's ears with the songs or the volume. A
great time was had by all as Four Eyes missiled through six songs in
22 minutes and sweated about a gallon apiece which was quickly replenished
by massive amounts of good Irish beer.
We would be honored to be invited back to IPO and thank David Bash and
everyone else involved in putting on this fantastic festival. -- Mark
News and More!!
Mark was graciously invited to perform at the recent Eve
Selis CD release party for her new album, "Nothing But The Truth"
at Sherwood Auditorium in The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla on
June 19th. It was an awesome show featuring the likes of Kim Patton-Johnston,
Devon O'Day, Earl Thomas, not to mention Eve's kick-ass band. Mark and
Eve sang together, duet-style, "Every Whisper From You", a song
Mark wrote and has previously recorded with Eve. DeCerbo also played a
12-string Rickenbacker guitar, which he claims to have stolen from 'some
long-hair', on one of the bands' new songs, "Someday", written
by Eve, Marc Intravaia and Doug Crider. Other highlights were Eve and
Earl Thomas singing the new albums' title track, "Nothing But The
Truth" and the band, featuring Bob Sale, Marc "Twang" Intravaia,
Jim Soldi, Rick Nash and Sharon Whyte, tearin' up the stage on "Honkey
Tonk Town", also from the new album. It was one rockin' party!
New Compilation CD!
There is a new compilation album coming out in August on ZIP RECORDS from
San Francisco. It's called "West Of Eden - The California Collection"
and includes all California artists. "Hollow Love", one of Mark's
newer songs, was requested for inclusion by ZIPs' Arthur Herman and will
be featured on the album. Mark and Four Eyes have been recently playing
this song in their live shows and now you can have your very own studio
quality recording of "Hollow Love." Look for it in stores mid-summer
you, thank you, thank you...
all of you who showed up to see Four Eyes @ The Casbah... Thank you! What
a fun show! The Shambles and The Chevelles rocked and Four Eyes revelled
in performing for all of our friends, old and new. Yes, the die-hard Four
Eyes nostalgia contingency was on hand, and looking like 1984 all over
again. Mark, Cathy, Barb, Lisa, Sally, Sandy, Andrea, Julie and so many
others made the evening a beautiful success. Joey Harris came in and gave
me one of the sweetest compliments after the show...And I'm paraphrasing...Watching
and listening to Four Eyes was like a Beach Boys song coming on the radio,
and no matter where you are at the time, feeling the cool ocean breeze
and smelling the salt in the air just as if you were there... Not
too shabby coming from a true San Diego beach boy and my personal favorite
hometown singer and songwriter. Hope we can do it again, soon!
Folk Alliance Conference
Feb. 26 & 27
to my friend Cathy Radcliffe, I got to perform in two informal showcases
at The Folk Alliance Conference...http://www.folk.org/...
held in San Diego this year at The Town and Country Resort and Convention
Center. This is a bigggg event. Besides the main shows in the actual convention
hall, there were thousands of performances going on in many of the suites
throughout the hotel till all hours of the night for four nights in a
row. I got to meet and play with a lot of great singers, songwriters and
musicians from all over the country. Some of the artists I got to share
performance space with included, Frank Goodman, BigWideGrin, Arthur Godfrey
and local greats Lisa Sanders and Berkley Hart. I was concerned that me
and my songs wouldn't quite fit in with the 'folk' style of music that
was being performed and celebrated at this convention until my good friend
Bart Mendoza put me at ease. He assured me that these days, any singer
with an acoustic guitar could loosely be considered 'folk' and that I
would do just fine. He was right, I did just fine and everyone had a folkin'
Feb. 25, 2004
DeCerbo, here. I'll be playing & singing Wednesday, Feb 25th @ Lestats
at 3343 Adams Avenue in the heart of Normal Heights (619) 282-0437. The
show starts @ 9:00PM and is being filmed for a TV show pilot, so bring
the family, get there early and be on TV. I'm playing from 9:00-9:30,
a good half hour. My set will include Four Eyes stuff as well as my newer
currently working on songs for my newest album. It should be finished
by early spring. Lee Knight, my buddy & bass player from Four Eyes,
and I are mixing & re-mixing and dubbing and fine-tuning things so
they come out just right. Well, actually, Lee's doing all the work, but
two sets of ears are better than one...sometimes, so I sit & listen
& nod my head in approval as Lee hovers over the mixing board &
fidgets with knobs & faders like a mad scientist. So far, there have
been no crossed wires sparking electrical fires or explosions but we hope
you experience some of that kind of excitement when you hear the album.
The working title and title track is Add Water but that could change.
Some songs like Green Grass Girls and Love Unclassified, you may have
heard before (on my mp3 site), but they are getting a face-lift. There
are some songs that have not been performed live and others that Lee and
I are composing to include on this release.
The "other" project that has taken up a
good part of my time this last year is a "best of" album by
Four Eyes, the band I formed with my east coast musical brother, Jeff
Becker when we both finally made it to the west coast in the late '70s.
We drove that rockin' machine (1976-90) till it couldn't roll no more,
but we sure have a lot to show for it. There was so much good sounding,
never-released recorded material that was just wasting away in my attic
waiting for a liberator and its time to come. But, would that time ever
come, and who would instigate the unleashing of this pent up, powder-keg
of pop music? The answers are yes, and San Diego's protector and preserver
of all things pop, Bart Mendoza. When Bart approached me about releasing
a Four Eyes album on the European label, SNAP Records, I was at once,
honored and yet, unsure as to why he would even be asking me. He explained
to me that it would be a good way for me to, once and for all, get the
Four Eyes material collected & archived instead of having it spread
all over San Diego in disarray. Not to mention, duh!, that it would be
professionally & legitimately released on a CD to the world. It didn't
take long for me to realize that, hey, I think Bart's on to something
here. All kidding aside, it has taken me several months to gather all
the existing recordings of Four Eyes from the different members of the
band alumni, find tape players to play the varied formats in which the
music was recorded (1/2 track, 1/4 track, 7 1/2" reels, 10 1/2"
reels, 15 ips, 30 ips, 2" 24 track, 1" 8 track, cassette, etc.),
transfer it all to digital format, archive it in a database and make copies
for Bart so we could go through the stuff and pick out the very best.
But, it has all been worth it and I, myself and the boys can't wait till
it comes out. Thank you sooooooo much, Bart Mendoza! We are in the studio
at present, editing & mastering the Four Eyes album which will be
released on SNAP Records this spring.