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MARK MIKEL

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Mark Mikel grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and has been making music much of his life. In the late 70’s through late 80’s he played with a group called Marikesh, and then created his own band, the Mark Mikel Hallucination, with some friends of his. He released three albums with this band in the early 90’s (Blatant Ripoffs, Sorghum Pudding and The Idiot Smiles). In the mid 90’s the group got another member and they became the Pillbugs.

The origin of The Pillbugs can be traced back to January of 1991. That’s when Mark Kelley first called Mark Mikel up and asked him to form a new band. Kelley brought in drummer Dan Chalmers and Mikel brought in vocalist Dave Murnen and a guitarist who would eventually be replaced 4 times until they found the perfect fit with Scott Tabner (a mutual friend of Kelley and Mikel’s).
They became The Mark Mikel Hallucination and started performing shows around Toledo. In 1996 after a respectable amount of local recognition and radio airplay, Mikel wanted to create a new identity for the group. “They deserved to be seen as equals and not just my backing band,” Mikel said, “I came up with the idea of The Pillbugs and that we’d go WAY deeper into psychedelia. We released our first album on CD in 1998 on our own label (Omniphonic). I believe it was the first debut release to contain a double CD’s worth of new and never-before-released music.

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