Mark Daly is kicking off 2024 with new music and a new tour.
Daly will support the band for seven shows in the Midwest and Northeast, while also headlining his own shows, including a marquee performance February 8, at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
To coincide with the tour, Daly will release his new single “I Wanna Be More” on February 2. The single is the first track from his new album Devil’s Arms– due for release this spring via One Opportunity Records – and will be available on all streaming platforms. A limited-edition CD pressing of the album will be available on tour. The album is produced by Brian Virtue, best known for his work with Audioslave, Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Deftones, and includes a duet with Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong.
Hailing from Cork, Ireland, Daly is no newcomer to American soil, having completed numerous domestic tours with heavyweights including Candlebox, Queensrÿche, and Queensrÿche’s former frontman, Geoff Tate. His current run kicks off Thursday, January 25, with a headlining show at Belle and the Bear, in Cincinnati, OH, and is highlighted by his West Point show, and a New York City performance with Mr. Big on February 6 at Sony Hall.
“As a rock musician from Ireland, it feels surreal to me that I’m about to embark on another incredible tour in the USA,” says Daly. “It blows my mind that I will not only be the special guest of a band I grew up listening to – Mr. Big – but we’ll also have our own headline shows in America for the first time. This really is a dream come true.”
“I cannot wait for everyone to hear what I believe is our best work to date,” says Daly of the music on Devil’s Arms. “I could not be more excited about the new music we recently recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios with the incredible Brian Virtue as our producer. It’s music that I am ridiculously proud of.”
Devil’s Arms is the follow-up to his maxi-single Drop Dead, which came on the heels of his debut solo EP Nothing to Lose. Daly’s music is gritty, raw and energetic. His post-grunge and classic rock influences combine to create his dynamic signature modern-rock sound.
Mark was first discovered while performing in his band The Voodoos in Spain. During one of their shows, music manager Brian Message (Radiohead, Nick Cave) was in the crowd and requested that Mark play some original songs. Brian decided to bring the band to London to record their first EP. It was in this defining moment that Mark decided to become a full-time musician and never looked back.
One early highlight in Mark’s career was performing at the MTV EMA Awardswith The Voodoos after beating out 10,000+ bands from Europe for the slot. From there, Mark and the band began to tour throughout Europe and the USA. Mark’s first venture as a solo artist hit N0. 1 on the Scottish New Music Charts. Inspired by his son, Noah, the track “Your World” was written for an autism awareness charity.
“I absolutely love everything about being on the road – meeting so many incredible people each night, getting lost in the music on stage. It’s pure magic,” says Daly.