Influential Album: Mark Lebiecki of Undesirable People on Rancid


* Back in our purely Instagram days, we started a series called #OpenEarsInfluencers, highlighting an album that had a major influence on artists, music industry folks, and music fiends alike’s love for music, an album that was really a catalyst and started it all for where they currently are in their musical journey. 

Today’s OpenEars Influencers comes from vocalist/bassist Mark Lebiecki of Detroit band Undesirable People, whose debut full length album Eternal Vision of A Blind Future is due out on September 22nd.

Forming in 2010, Undesirable People went on to self-release three EPs (Undesirable PeopleEugenics, and Former Self / Current State). With extensive self-funded touring, and a determined focus on D.I.Y. ideals, the band has proven how to work within the ever-changing, internet age of being a band in the 21st century. Leaving their mark on the Midwestern music circuit, as it has become harder to tell what is real and what is fake in the depleted, over-saturated music industry.

After five years as one of Michigan’s most revered acts, Undesirable People began writing and recording their first full-length record at Rancho Recordo with producer Marc Jacob Hudson.

Eternal Vision of A Blind Future melds together an unprecedented sound, culminating in an echelon of hard, rock-driven riffs, bluesy rhythmic meters, and lyrics to make Bukowski think.  Undesirable People have merely begun their journey towards eradicating the radio elite, and begin with Eternal Vision of A Blind Future.

The quartet, comprised of vocalist/bassist Mark Lebiecki, guitarists Brian Fraser and Caleb Sanchez, and drummer Jon Lebiecki want you to feel as if you are watching the walls of MTV collapse and burn in your face through their wall of sound. A middle finger to the mainstream ideas of idolization, the group takes a stance on exactly what you worship and why? Diminish your apathy; stand up to the herd opinion; stay undesirable.

Listen to Undesirable People’s single “All We Want Is A Proper Burial” and read about Mark Lebiecki’s influential album below:

Mark Lebiecki’s influential album: Rancid…And Out Come The Wolves


“The first time I heard this record, I was very young, just picking up the bass, and trying to find a path of resistance to the norm. Rancid’s “…And Out Come The Wolves” is a 19-song punk rock masterpiece. Not only did this album introduce me to so many other bands, but it introduced me to a community that was not found on the radio or television. Packed with amazing hooks and honest lyrics, Rancid told stories of an unknown world to a young music listener. Songs like “Roots Radicals”, “Old Friend”, and “Time Bomb” paved the way for modern punk standards for bands from the late 90’s and beyond. I’ll never forget first hearing the ripping bass lines on the album opener, “Maxwell Murder”. Matt Freeman’s playing blew me away and helped me solidify that bass was my weapon of choice. Rancid’s “…And Out Comes The Wolves” captivated my brain and the overall vibe of what I would love to capture in an album; a moment in time, never to be forgotten”

 – Mark Lebiecki / Undesirable People
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