MRussell PicMark Russell

Mark Russell is an integral part of the powerhouse that is Sex And Violins. He brings an unmistakable sound, presence, and excitement to the stage. Mark's hard and heavy groove-based riffing and acrobatic shredding are simply put, unparalleled.

Mark was raised in Gig Harbor, Washington and continues to make his home in the small town. Inspired to pick up a guitar when he heard "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith, it became apparent that Mark had rock and roll in his veins at a young age. Mark's dad, who plays a little guitar himself, saw an obvious natural talent and supported Mark all the way by helping to provide his son with good gear, as well as a lot of love and encouragement. To this day, whenever Mark's dad is at one of his shows, Mark is careful to make note of where his dad's seat is in the venue so that he can acknowledge his biggest supporter from the stage at some point in the show.

Mark has been a member of (and sometimes play with) the driving hard rock band, The Jet City Fix, and is also a former and original member of Spike and the Impalers. Mark also plays tribute to a few of his biggest influences in an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band called Off the Rails.

Mark met Lynn, Jeff and Joe at the auditions for 102.5 KZOK's Spike and the Impalers back in spring 2005. Chosen to be a member of the Impalers, Mark was given the wonderful opportunity to play with these veterans of rock and roll at some great venues, and given the chance to strike up friendships with them as well. Lynn and Mark get along particularly well, both sharing a vrey similar "sick and twisted" sense of humor. Mark and Evan met when Evan came on board with Spike and the Impalers in 2007. All share a love for 'the groove'...groove-laden rock music. Asked to become a part of Sex And Violins in the summer of 2008, Mark didn't hesitate to jump at the chance to be part of a band with friends that are world-class musicians, and great people. Mark's sound compliments Sex And Violins a great deal, bringing a heavy dose of classic and modern guitar acrobatics to the fold.

Asked to describe the way he performs live, Mark says, "I am hard to miss wherever I am on stage...and if for some odd reason you can't see me, you'll sure as hell always hear me." With a wide stance, a huge sound and an undeniable presence on stage, Mark let's his guitar playing do the talking. The hammer of the Gods meets thunder underground...Heaven's elevator descending into Hell. There is no denying the sheer sonic brutality that Mark brings to the table.

Mark's musical influences include: Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Guns & Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, AC/DC, Pantera, Bad Company, Van Halen, Warren Zevon, Elvis Presley, Alice In Chains and many more.

Mark Russell plays Gibson guitars, Marshall amplifiers, Eminence speakers, Ernie Ball strings, EMG & Seymour Duncan pick-ups, MXR/Dunlop pedals and strings, Boss pedals, Monster cables, and some other random toys.


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