MARS ELECTRIC ‘Fame Among The Vulgar’ Artenzia ATZ02018 (2003)
The band released their debut on John Kalodner’s now defunct Portrait
label back in 2000. The follow-up maintains the same line-up of Jacob Bunton
(vocals/guitar/violin), Matt Finn (drums/vocals), Carl Ray Hooper
(bass/vocals) and Chris Simmons (guitar/vocals). Mars Electric play highly
charged rock with a dash of punk attitude, think the best bits of Bowling
For Soup/Sum 4 mixed with Enuff Z Nuff and a little of the Wildhearts catchy
choruses. Opener ‘Bemused’ sets the stall out nicely - fast riffs, catchy
hooks plus a bizarre sounding violin outro. ‘Disco King’ is a very radio
friendly three-minute pop rocker.
The band also carry off slower numbers with ease such as ‘Descend’, complete with soulful vocals from Jacob Bunton.
‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ is a great slice of melodic rock with soaring vocals,
the sort of tune to be found on Tal Bachman’s debut album. ‘I’m Not
Dreaming’ rounds it all off in style containing a neat guitar solo over mid
tempo backing. Another song ripe for airplay.
Often billed as ‘nu breed’ of melodic rock (everyone loves a label!?) I’d
just call it an album full of damn fine melodies! Certainly a CD worth
checking out - and Atenzia do it again, following on form Brian McDonald, the
Rembrandts and 40 Ft Rhingo.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly