A project born from mutual respect, Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe mines electronic music and unearths an experimental sound for both of them. A prolific artist and author, Lanegan has collaborated with a host of bands and musicians, including UNKLE, Neko Case, The Duke Spirit and Queens of the Stone Age among many others. And while he’s worked with many legendary acts over his career, this marks a new band for Lanegan, not a guest spot or featured artist. “The fact that it’s not like anything either one of us have done before is what makes this so interesting for me,” explains Lanegan. “When you have done as much stuff as Joe and I, you have to constantly search for the different and challenging to keep yourself engaged.”
“The project is called Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe because we both have assumed these alter egos over the years,” says Cardamone about the origins of the project. “The material we wanted to do together seemed to take well to the idea that our personas here are as if we’re now outcasts to our own creative selves.”
Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe is Mark Lanegan and Joe Cardamone. Their self-titled full-length record is out now via Rare Bird / Kitten Robot Records.