BJ & Migs L&L BAND OF THE WEEK: Maklak

March 27, 2019


Mikel Perkins (vocals, guitar, drums)

Scott Stewart (guitar)

David Wendling (bass)

Maklak has been going strong on their own since 2009: releasing their own albums, putting together their own studio for other local bands, plus multiple successful DIY tours around the county.  In 1997, MikeL Perkins started writing and recording his own music in his parents’ garage, singing and playing every instrument. Naming the project Maklak, his writing style incorporated strong dynamics, hard timing shifts, and concise melodies. Some years later, as Maklak rose from a side-project to a full-fledged act, MikeL moved from Whidbey Island to Seattle and recruited members to fill out the band. In 2010, he found a solid guitarist/songwriter in Scott Stewart of Stew Studios/Muldoon. Scott's sludgy yet ethereal guitar added a sophisticated bottom-heavy sound that took Maklak to new a sonic realm. In 2010, MikeL enlisted production master Jack Endino (Nirvana, Skin Yard, Soundgarden...), who agreed to co-produce and record the debut self-titled album for Maklak. The final mastering touches on the album were done by northwest legend Chris Hanzsek (Melvins, CZ Records). In 2010 and 2011, Maklak tirelessly promoted the new album, with multiple DIY style tours around the country.

In 2013 Maklak recorded a 7-inch single mixed by Tad Doyle at Witch Ape Studios. It includes two covers, Angel (by Massive Attack) and Wandering Star (by Portishead); showing a heavier and more melodic Maklak... with Tad Doyle's production.  Deepskull records signed Maklak and released the limited edition vinyl to great reviews. 
 2013 also brought about the introduction of bassist David Wendling, previously with local band Shiver also with MikeL.  Finally having the rhythm section they'd been looking for Maklak went back into the studio for their sophomore album, The Age of Anxiety. Re-enlisting the help of producer Jack Endino, as well as featuring guest appearances from Slippage and Gladiators Eat Fire/Witch Ripper, the album promises to be an evolution of Maklak's ever progressing sound. 

Maklak has had the privilege of opening for: Stabbing Westward, HR(of Bad Brains), Jack Endino, killing joke, and Far.  In total they’ve completed 5 US Tours and we're featured as one of the top 3 underground bands in Seattle in 2017. Maklak will also appears on the new television documentary series "It happened here" as the featured emerging artist of Seattle.