The Mark of Cain (also known as TMOC) are a hardcore, alternative band from Adelaide, South Australia. Their style has been likened to that of Helmet and Rollins Band, yet TMOC pre-dates both groups and was heavily influenced by the early work of Joy Division, Big Black and other US hardcore groups.
The Mark of Cain were formed in mid-1984 by brothers, John (guitar) and Kim Scott (bass guitar), and over their 35 years of existence have had 14 different drummers. The current line-up features legendary US hardcore drummer John Stanier (ex-Helmet, Tomahawk & Battles) who worked with them on their last two albums, and tours with them occasionally. When Stanier is unable to join the band in Australia, Eli Green fills the drum stool for live performances on tour. Eli is an Adelaide based drummer who plays in Life Pilot and Julia Henning’s band.
TMOC has released five albums and a number of EPs over their 35 year life, including their first album Battlesick (1989) which was released 30 years ago this year. They followed this with The Unclaimed Prize (1991), Ill At Ease (1995), This Is This (2001) and their latest release Songs of the Third and Fifth (2012). A remix album of their material entitled Rock n Roll (1996) was released and featured remixes by artists such as Justin Broderick (Godflesh), Paul Mac (Itchy & Scratchy and pre his work with Silverchair) Franz Treichler (The Young Gods) and bifTEK.
Although primarily self-produced, TMOC has worked with a number of different producers during their career including Steve Albini (produced Incoming EP in 1990), Henry Rollins (produced Ill At Ease in 1995) and Andy Gill from Gang of Four (produced tracks on This Is This (2001).
TMOC are touring this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their album Battlesick. They’re playing shows nationally featuring every track from the album followed by a mix of tracks from their other albums. Check out the tour dates below.
Golden Robot Records is honoured to be releasing a limited edition 30th anniversary vinyl, which will be available for purchase on our store.
October 2019 Tour Dates:
Thu 17th – Brisbane – The Triffid
Fri 18th – Sydney – The Factory
Sat 19th – Canberra – The Basement
Sun 20th – Newcastle – Small Ballroom
Thu 24th – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Fri 25th – Adelaide – The Gov
Sat 26th – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Images are courtesy of The Planet of Sound Photography.