Hail the Heroes
Welcome to the DGet the first single: Welcome to the D
Slight Return hails from Detroit, MI, one of the most iconic musical cities on the planet! They blend the attitude of Detroit with the groove, funk, and psychedelic sounds of the world! Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Rage Against The Machine, Santana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Robin Trower, YOU WILL HEAR THE INFLUENCES OF THE GREATS, BUT THE SOUND IS 100% PERCENT SLIGHT RETURN!!
Slight Return is best described in a Detroit music publication as “One of the funkiest bands on the Detroit scene yet! The band mixes it up with original material that seems to blend the past with the present and the future. Think Rage Against The Machine and The Red Hot Chili Peppers meet Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower and Santana at a jam session and then go out for some barbecue afterwards”.
Steven Roby, who has written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar World and published three books – “Hendrix On Hendrix” “Black Gold” and “Becoming Jimi Hendrix” and taught a University class on Jimi Hendrix at Berkeley College in CA, reviewed Slight Return’s “Welcome to the D” album and wrote the following:
“Detroit’s Slight Return is back with Welcome To The D, their fifth and strongest album. The 12-track CD is packed with guest appearances that feature George Clinton (“Funky People” and “Shake your Detroit Right”), Davey Pattison, of Robin Trower/Ronnie Montrose fame (“Horse Left The Stable”), Motown legend Dennis Coffey (“Tale of Two Band”), and Jimi Hendrix’s former bassist Billy Cox, who sings and plays bass on the Hendrix medley “Stone Free/3rd Stone from the Sun”.
Make no mistake, despite the guest stars here; the core of this album has a solid foundation due to a tight band. Mark Kassa’s guitar playing is edgy, and Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek’s production work make it shine. Slight Return also features Ronnie Karmo (drums), Tony Mitchell (percussion), and Mike Schneider (bass) who give the band its signature sound.
In the second half of the album, Slight Return proves they can stretch out on tracks like “Move ‘em on Out” and “Ignorance” and “Resistance.” I can definitely hear Chili Pepper and Rage Against The Machine influences, but with a more contemporary feel. Slight Return have had the distinction of opening for the legendary guitarist Robin Trower, and no doubt are on their way to headlining status soon.”
Meet The Band:
Mark Kassa- Guitar/Vocals– Voting Member of the Grammy Awards (The Recording Academy), Graduated from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Has written/recorded with George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member), Andy Vargas (lead vocalist for the legendary Santana Band), Billy Cox (bassist for Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys), Dennis Coffey (guitarist from the Motown Funk Brothers), Tony “T Money” Green (bassist for Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, The Dramatics, and Death Row Records), Davey Pattison (vocalist for Robin Trower, Montrose, and Gamma), Pat Lewis (vocalist with Aretha Franklin and P-Funk) and legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Steely Dan, P-Funk, Jackson 5).
Mark is the guitarist, vocalist, writer, music producer, executive producer, manager of Slight Return, owner of several federally registered trademarks and has produced albums/worked with studio pros/recording/mastering engineers Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek in Seattle, WA (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and the famed “Sub Pop” label out of Seattle), Jim Diamond in Detroit, MI (Jack White and The White Stripes), Alan Sanderson-San Diego, CA (Elton John and The Rolling Stones), Frank Jamal (Aretha Franklin).
He is endorsed by the Shin-ei “Vibe Bro” Univibe company alongside guitar greats Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Doyle Bramhall, Oz Noy, and Michael Landau.
“Another one of my passions is charity work. I’m thankful for all the great opportunities in life and I want to always give back. I’m an executive board member/volunteer of the DMAN Foundation (Danny’s Miracle Angel Network). They have a specialized studio with equipment that allows people with severe disabilities (quadriplegic, MS, closed head injuries, etc) to record tracks, singles and full albums and reach clinical goals through the power of music. Other events put on by the DMAN Foundation include the Dream Cruise (since we are the Motor City!) in Detroit, MI. Volunteers bring their convertible sports cars and the foundation provides hoists that pick the patients up out of their wheelchairs and put them into the vehicles to cruise the famed Woodward Ave. The organization has taken clients on Cruises, Vacations, Helicopter rides and even the TV Show “Shark Tank” where one of the hosts invested in one of the patients clothing line! (mydman.org) Here is a video from a recent cruise the organization took the clients on https://youtu.be/E_ggFtZ4mjs
-Sole sponsor and donor to the United Youth 2000 program run by coach Robert Brown in Detroit. We had a free basketball camp in Detroit where we also taught about values, respect, etc and fed over 150-200 kids free per week, culminating the final week with trophies and individual awards to raise their self esteem.
College volunteer at St Dominic’s Soup Kitchen in Detroit where 200-300 people were fed every Sunday morning before Church.
Sponsor families for the “Adopt a Refugee” program where to provide funding for food, clothing and shelter for the abandoned, impoverished families in Iraq and Syria.
Donated performances for years for the Walk for the Cure Cancer Walk, various causes for individuals in need, along with the DMAN annual gala.
Testified in front the of Michigan Congress on the proper distribution of public benefits to help the poor get fresher product in supermarkets in urban areas considered “food deserts”
Own the federal trademarks and brands/apparel for “Welcome To The D”®, “The D”®, “It’s a Detroit Thing”®, “ “It’s a D Thing”®, “So Detroit”®, “Hail The Heroes”®, and “Shake Your Detroit Right”® (available at welcometothed.com)
Owner/writer/host of the “Welcome To The D”®© TV show
In conjunction with Dr Mary Kassa, Wayne State University (one of the top medical schools) offer free comprehensive hearing tests (for any musicians) that identify exact frequency hearing loss- along with offering custom fitted ear plugs.
Past positions include:
Staff/A&R/Producer- RL Recordings
Co-host of “The D Cap” podcast
Board Member for the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce
Co-founder of Axis Music Academy
Co-Chair of the Chaldean Festival
Music/Band director for the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers of MI
Music Master Class at DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) College
Tony Mitchell- percussion/vocals– Tony is a veteran lifelong musician that has jammed with Motown legends like David Ruffin, Earl Van Dyke and others. He has toured the US extensively with his bands “Immunity” and “Full Nelson”.
Ronnie Karmo- Drums– Ronnie is a pro drummer that has been involved in many professional Detroit music projects with several Detroit bands.