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One Night Band Crush: Mark Desrosiers

August 6, 2010

Visit the One Night Band website and the Facebook event to find out more about One Night Band 2010 on August 21 at the Middle East downstairs. Check back here each day for more interviews with our participants!


Mark Desrosiers is the bassist, and occasional carpenter, for This Blue Heaven. He is also the only member originally from Boston. When not rehearsing with TBH, he is usually riding a motorcycle, or figuring out ways to sneak Iron Maiden or Motorhead riffs into innocent pop songs.

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most like to have a One Night Band with?
MD: I’m a huge fan of older Boston ska and punk, so I could probably die happy if I shared a stage with Dickie Barrett. One of my favorite local bands is/was The Televandals, and seeing as they are defunct now, the chances of me playing with Nico have improved!

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most fear having a One Night Band with?
MD: The dudes in KidNapKin are incredible players, and I would most definitely be intimidated to play with them! Ditto with Township; I’m way too big of a pansy to play with those guys (though I love them!)

BBC: Did you attend One Night Band last year? If so, what was the highlight? If not, what do you anticipate the event to be like?
MD: I didn’t make it out last year, so I’m kind of excited to go into it with no expectations. I think it will be really eye-opening; not just because of the fact that there is so much talent in Boston, but I think the songs are going to go in wildly different directions from what you would expect players A + B + C to make.

BBC: What is your normal song or part writing process? Will writing three songs in a single day drastically differ from your usual approach to creating music?
MD: My parts writing is usually continuous; TBH songs rarely see the light of day until a few months of serious tinkering have gone by, and several massive swings in genre/feel. So writing songs and parts in only a few hours, with no time to sleep on, or obsess, over compositions and counter melodies and arrangements, is going to feel very strange. In a good way, I hope!

BBC: What Boston band do you have the biggest crush on right now?
MD: Definitely Aloud. Every time I see them, I just think, “They do EVERYTHING right.” Jen and Henry really have something really good going on now, and what I’ve heard from their new CD is awesome.

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