Mark Eitzel has released over 17 albums of original material with American Music Club and as a solo artist. The Guardian has called him “America’s greatest living lyricist,” and Rolling Stone once gave him their Songwriter of the Year award.
Born in California his family travelled to Okinawa, Taiwan and eventually to the UK where he spent his formative years.
He eventually moved back to San Francisco and in 1983 formed AMC who released seven albums before breaking up in 1995. The band reunited in 2004 for two full-lengths, Love Songs for Patriots and The Golden Age. In April of 2012 while working on his last solo record, Eitzel suffered a heart attack which forced him to slow down and delayed the album’s release.
In 2015, he wrote music for Simon Stephens’ Song from Far Away, (Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Young Vic; dir. Ivo Van Hove) his second collaboration with the English playwright following the Brighton based Marine Parade (Brighton Festival; dir. Jo McInnes).
In 2017 Mark released ‘Hey Mr Ferryman’ which UNCUT magazine called “Eitzel at his unflinching best” and Q said “Eitzel’s best album in years” with Spain’s El Pais gave it new album of the week as did Rolling Stone Germany.
Mark is again collaborating with Simon Stephens on a new musical ‘Cornelia St’ (Atlantic Theatre; dir. Neil Pepe) debuting Feb 2023 and also a solo album tentatively titled “Fall Risk”
The American Music Club early back catalogue will be reissued as a box set at the end of 2023.