Mark O’Brien started his drumming career at the age of 12 performing in a Baptist church for 5 years. After getting his roots in gospel drumming he then went to the College of Saint Rose where he studied jazz and latin percussion under Matt Cremisio, an independently signed and sponsored drummer and instructor.
Mark started the band Aficionado in 2004 and since then he has been on 8 U.S. tours, and one tour of Canada. Aficionado is currently signed to No Sleep Records and has an Ep ‘When It Comes To Creation’ and a self titled Lp out on No Sleep. In 2009 Mark joined End of a Year, a post-hardcore/punk band signed to Deathwish Inc. Records. Since then he has been on 2 European tours and recorded an Ep ‘The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Emanuela Orlandi’.
Mark is currently studying under Blake Fleming, the original drummer for the Mars Volta, at SUNY Oneonta.
Aficionado has recently toured with Tim Kasher of Cursive and the Good life, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, and there is a tour set in December with the bands Thursday and MeWithoutYou. End of a Year and Aficionado have also announced the 2011 European tour "I'm going through some shit".
European Tour 2010
|3/26 Wangen, Germany||3/31 Oslo, Norway||4/5 Munster, Germany||4/10 Berlin, Germany|
|3/27 Essen, Germany||4/1 Goteburg, Sweden||4/6 Munich, Germany|
|3/28 Hamburg, Germany||4/2 Hannover, Germany||4/7 Viena, Austria|
|3/29 Kiel, Germany||4/3 Koln, Germany||4/8 Budapest, Hungary|
|3/30 Stravanger, Norway||4/4 Freiburg, Germany||4/9 Lichtenstein, Germany|
Fall Tour 2010
|10/19-10/22 New York, NY (CMJ)||10/29-10/31 Gainseville, FL (The Fest)||11/7 Dallas, TX||11/17 Kansas City, MO|
|10/23 Newark, NJ||11/1 Pembroke Pines, FL||11/10 San Diego, CA||11/18 Cedar Falls, IA|
|10/24 Alexandria, VA||11/2 Jacksonville, FL||11/11 Canoga Park, CA||11/19 Lake Geneva, WI|
|10/25 Virginia Beach, VA||11/3 Atlanta, GA||11/12 Fresno, CA||11/20 Kent, OH|
|10/26 Wilmington, NC||11/4 Birmingham, AL||11/13 San Francisco, CA||11/21 Warrior Run, PA|
|10/27 Columbia, SC||11/5 Conway, AR||11/14 Sacramento, CA|
|10/28 Tampa, FL||11/6 Austin, TX (FunFunFun Fest)||11/16 Denver, CO|
Spring Tour 2011
|3/3 Albany, NY||3/11 Birmingham, AL||3/23 Norman, OK||4/17 Cincinatti, OH|
|3/4 Brooklyn, NY||3/12 Hattiesburg, MS||3/24 Fayettville, AK||4/18 Columbis, OH|
|3/5 Lancaster, PA||3/13 Baton Rouge, LA||3/25 Kansas City, MO||4/19 Akron, OH|
|3/6 Baltimore, MD||3/14 San Marcos, TX||3/26 Omaha, NE (Recording)||4/20 Pittsburgh, PA|
|3/7 Harrisonburg, VA||3/15-3/20 SXSW, TX||4/11 Des Moines, IA||4/21 Rochester, NY|
|3/8 Wilmington, NC||3/21 Midland, TX||4/12 Waterloo, IA||4/22 Buffalo, NY|
|3/9 Greenville, SC||3/22 Lubbock, TX||4/15 Chicago, IL||4/23 Binghamton, NY|
|3/10 Atlanta, GA||3/23 Norman, OK||4/16 Indianapolis, IN||4/24 Kingston, NY|
Summer Tour Dates 2011
|5/26 Rochester, NY||6/11 Portland, ME|
|5/27 Akron, OH||6/12 Danbury, CT|
|5/28 Howell, MI (Bled Fest 2011)||6/14 Brooklyn, NY|
|5/29 Lemoyne, PA||6/15 Rockville Centre, NY|
|5/30 Philadelphia, PA||6/16 Vineland, NJ|
European Winter Tour 2011 (TBA)
"While no official follow-up has been announced (fingers crossed), they have released a new EP, When It Comes to Creation. Although only about twenty minutes long, it contains more fresh ideas and impressive musicianship than most full length releases."
"When It Comes to Creation looks you right in the eyes, plants a steamy kiss, and readies its backhand for another blow."
"There is no excuse for missing out on this band, and the loyal listener will find satisfaction in the multiple layers to be uncovered. They are the new "we're not indie and still capable of being fricking awesome". You must get on this now."
"When it comes to Aficionado's creation, it seems they're bringing punk through a minor evolution of sorts."
"Bassist Chris Kehoe and drummer Mark O’Brien might well be the most talented rhythm section in the country, as evidenced by the schizophrenically perfect foundation they assemble for the Punk burlesque swirling madly around them."
"To be fair, many bands might sound oversimpliied when held against Aficionado's blend of post-hardcore charge and prog-rock flourish, which holds At The Drive-In and Cursive in the same regard as Yes."AP Magazine; April 2011 Issue
" Aficionado’s music is unique and skilled and the band’s abundant talent should draw plenty of notice."
"...that band puts on an absolutely amazing live show and are the nicest people in the world. really excited for this release."