The William Shakes

As most of my readers know, Boston is my favorite place in the world. I mean c’mon, my blog’s name is Rock on Boston. Today, I am finally able to write about another band from my favorite place in the world, The William Shakes.

Mark McGettrick

Mark McGettrick is the man who created, produced, and composed the band slash project and he did it all by himself. McGettrick plays the: guitar, bass,  bass VI, percussion, and is the lead singer. Even though this is just his project, he was able to collaborate with artists from Boston, Los Angeles, and New York: Carrie Ingber, Rob Sistare, Matt Diekmann, and Jason Dunn.

Before the project, in 2015, McGettrick played the drums and was a background singer for the band, The Luxury. He did this when the band composed their album, Bones and Beaten Heart. The William Shakes will be releasing their debut album, How Goes the Night on February 10 (close to my birthday!). When you hear the album you will find that it is, alternative, indie, and pop.

The song from SoundCloud is one of his songs that you can listen to. I really  wanted to write about the band/project because of how different McGettrick’s EP was. He wanted to examine five of Shakespeare’s popular characters: Banquo (MacBeth), Helena (All’s Well That Ends Well), Horatio (Hamlet), Cordelia (King Lear), and Cassius (Julius Caesar). McGettrick’s process/did five things when he wrote a song:

  1. Select the character.
  2. Isolate their lines.
  3. Randomize their lines.
  4. Curate into new lyrics
  5. Compose an original melody.


You’re able to find all of The William Shakes information on the follow links.

Rock on The William Shakes! Hope to see you play in Boston soon!


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