'An alternative, poppy, sometimes folksy band. A little Tom Petty, a little Violent Femmes.' -- Scorerocks.com. 'The Femmes were attempting the same thing M4 is attempting here: stark, screeching, freaking, fuzzing alt rock.' -- Indie-Music.com. 'If you're dying for an album of fuzzy guitar rock, DRIVE is for you.' -- Splendid e-zine. Singer and composer Mark Rich formed Mad Melancholy Monkey Mind with his partner and fellow guitarist/vocalist Martha Borchardt in 2001, following the breakup of their previous performing band, Djang. 'Drive,' their first CD, features songs Rich originally performed with his previous bands, as well as new numbers. One of the songs on 'Drive,' for instance, he wrote and first started performing in the late 1980s with an acoustic group called Glass Doves. On 'Drive,' the song 'Peaceful Mask' has transformed into a compelling electric number. Strangely enough, this is the song to be attracting positive reviews at metal music sites! Mark Rich happens also to be the author of several books and numerous shorter works of fiction and nonfiction. His latest book is FUNNY FACE, a history of funny-face toys with emphasis on Mr. Potato Head, co-written with dedicated Mr. Potato Head collector Jeff Potocsnak. His previous books on toys are TOYS A TO Z and 100 GREATEST BABY BOOMER TOYS. He has written science fiction for publications including Analog, Amazing Stories, and SF Age. Having been active in the small press in the past, making the leap to being a small independent label was not too huge a leap (he says, while mid-air during the leap). Iguanodon Smile is the label releasing 'Drive.' The full performing band, now active in central Wisconsin, includes bassist Mark Marti and drummer Dan Seaton. Together with acoustic band Keg Salad, which features Rich and Borchardt on guitars on vocals, and Marti on harmonica, the group is performing evenings of completely original music. Check out the Iguanodonsmile.com website calendar for the full story on the band's appearances. 'Probably the most interestingly named band.' -- Scorerocks.com.
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