Artist Resume


Arms of Kismet is singer-songwriter Mark Doyon. His work as record-maker and author has been featured in PopMatters, The Washington Post, The Daily Vault, Hybrid, Skope, The Absinthe Literary Review, 3AM Magazine, Hypebot, Riffraf, and many other spots.

Doyon works with a diverse “conspiracy of equals” that fills out the Arms of Kismet sound. The collective includes John Lee Sanders (Randy Newman, Jimmy Page), Audrey Karrasch (ALKE, The Voice), Eamon Loftus, Kowtow Popof, Steve Burdette, Chris Armes, and Ritchie Rubini (the Caulfields). The mastering of the new songs is by Brian Lucey.

Arms of Kismet first landed with the release of the ‘Eponymous’ album and a six-week U.S. tour. Since then it has put out four more records on Wampus, plus a couple of off-the-wall entries under the alter-ego Waterslide. Like Giant Sand or Smog filtered through a pop lens, Arms of Kismet might sell records in an alternate universe — stubborn, literate, oblique, and stalkingly catchy. Guitars coat sugary melodies and fractured lyrics, blending genres in offbeat and revelatory ways.

Next time you feel like you need to take a second and feel a bit of sorrow, spin “Potter’s Field.” It’s a peculiar proverb for the modern age.

Glide Magazine

Doyon uses Arms of Kismet as an avenue for blending genres in novel, innovative ways which make him a songwriter certainly worthy of your focused attention.


“…a solid hook and ‘glidelike’ nature…”