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MIRK / Press

“In true live instrument hip-hop fashion, Beautiful is built around a strong drum line (Stephen) locked in with a rolling bass line (Kate) and topped off with edgy guitar work (Mike), driving key work (Andy) and brassy sax playing (Chris). Beautiful’s human element is provided by Josh, who kicks off the festivities with some conversational rhymes, Tara’s soaring vocals and a laid back guest verse from the Lost Boyz vet Mr. Cheeks. (Pats self on back for working in every member of MIRK.) Is there really anything more Beautiful than that many people coming together to make dope hip-hop? That was a rhetorical question – no there’s not. Those feeling similarly won over should cop the crew’s Fame-ish mixtape when it drops tomorrow, followed by the March arrival of their GRIND full-length album.”

"Best of the lot is "Away," whose infectiously funky guitar stabs, strong lead vocals and easy appeal is Gym-Class-Heroes-meets-Theophilus-London.

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“Mirk Music always comes correct - with soul, style, and bearing gifts...Mr. Cheeks! This team gets the "I'm focused man" award. The music, lyrics, and stage presence are equally sealed tight. If only Drake and Ryan Leslie could see this...they'd be jealous.”

“They had the crowd chanting along, “I get the Mirkin’ feeling that you’re Mirkin’ around,” and guitarist Mike Thornton chugged a bottle of beer at one go, while simultaneously reeling off a particularly hellacious one-handed guitar solo. They eased through some of their old favorites (“Forbidden” is still one of the best songs to ever come out of Nippertown), and sneak-previewed some mighty fine stuff like “Away” from the upcoming new album, “Grind.” ”

“And, oh yeah, any band that wants to mash up Timbuk 3′s “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” with Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” is AOK in my book. Can’t wait to hear the new album…”

“Fortunately, Mirk was there to save the day. ..the seven-piece served up a fab, 65-minute opening set that neatly balanced a firm funk foundation with undeniable pop hooks. Led by vocalist Josh Mirsky, they uncorked a delightful OutKast/Gnarls Barkley sound (yes, they pumped out a fine cover of “Hey Ya”), but they’ve definitely got their own thing going. ”

“MIRK performed their soulful rap hits, inspiring Mr. Cheeks to share the stage with them...Our featured performance by Mr. Cheeks exploded into full out MOB AND THE BAND production. He brought us King Dreams, Mirk, and Chaz Money!”

“Mirk’s performance is full of energy—anyone who sees the band live after listening to Love would notice the difference in delivery. But there is also a difference in the way they compose their music in the studio now, and it has added to their feeling of growth as a band.”

“Blurring the lines between pop, soul, hip-hop and R&B, this 7-piece party powerhouse has quickly established a presence as one of the Capital Region’s “must-see” original bands.”

“Their new record continues with the retro-R&B jive of the band. Their soulful vocalist occasionally grabs the tambourine, adding to the live show particularly. This record is an awesome encompassment, a remake of the full/big-band’s live performance.”

“Joshua "Mirk" Mirsky of the popular Albany-based Pop-soul band Mirk, recently produced a track titled, "Crispy Benjamins" (co-produced by Anthony Rich) that has been acquired by Jay-Z.”

“Mirk sounded so amazing up on that stage, way better suited to headline a festival than in a stuffy auditorium. I’m now a huge fan of these guys. I hope they make it big, they deserve to. If you haven’t heard them before, you’ve gotta see them live.”

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