It’s been a busy few years for singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy. Polaris, the cult favorite house band for the cult classic TV show The Adventures of Pete and Pete, played live for the first time ever some twenty years after their music debuted on Nickelodeon. Then Miracle Legion – the college rock outfit that Polaris spun off of – got back together, re-released their last album and, after touring, released a live LP. Somewhere in there he found the time to cut and drop his latest solo outing, The Possum in the Driveway.
While those rose-colored nostalgia tours found Mark and his bandmates revisiting the music of younger men, Possum shows the chops of a guy who’s been at it for decades. The dreamy vocals and spirit of play that have been staples of Mark’s music are all present, but there’s also a sense of daring tempered by the confidence that comes from a performer whose earned the right to take chances after years of zeroing in on exactly who he is as a musician. The music of Miracle Legion and Polaris might be locked in amber, but Mark isn’t. He and his music have spent the intervening years evolving, and for fans who have kept up with Mark – and for those who found themselves reaquainted with his work thanks to those reunion tours – Possum is an incredibly rewarding experience. He’ll be at The Met on November 15 in support of The Possum in the Driveway, and no matter which brand of Mark’s music you’re into, it’s always a good idea to check out what the man has up his sleeve.