Waterslide is singer-songwriter and producer Mark Doyon. From his home base in northern Virginia, Doyon previously released albums as Arms of Kismet and Wampeters, and published the short-story collection Bonneville Stories.
Doyon’s work has been featured in PopMatters, The Daily Vault, Hybrid, Skope, Neufutur, Groovevolt, Ear Candy, Modern Dance UK, Delusions of Adequacy, The Absinthe Literary Review, 3AM Magazine, Riffraf, and many other outlets. It has been playlisted by Sirius XM, AOL Radio, Yahoo Launchcast, Creamy Radio, and Radio Crystal Blue, and appeared in numerous independent films and multimedia productions.
The Daily Vault described Doyon’s music as “witty, idiosyncratic indie-rock that is to a band like Maroon 5 what a film like Sideways is to one like Miss Congeniality 2… Zealously off-center, moderately acidic, daringly intellectual and vastly entertaining… These are songs to not just listen to, but explore, a series of musical masks donned by an artist with keen insight and an outsized sense of playfulness.”
In the words of Mike Perazzetti of Radio Casbah, “On the surface, it’s great power pop. A little below the surface is a whole other species of musical madness.”
That approach fuses acoustic, organic instrumentation and found sound, summoning a warm, analog vibe that sounds as natural in a coffeehouse as it does on a car radio. Guitars and dancebeats coat sugary melodies and fractured lyrics, blending genres in offbeat and revelatory ways.
“When you’re going down a waterslide,” Doyon says, “you’re happy and exhilarated, free of worry and full of anticipation. And when you get to the end, you’re submerged, almost as an exclamation, in this clear, blue water. It reminds us of the fleetingly perfect moments in our lives.”
- Media kit (one-sheet, lyrics & photos)
- Interview on Lincoln Signal at The Daily Vault (6/18/12)
- Interview on songwriting at RiffRaf (6/21/12)
- Interview at RiffRaf (3/21/12)