I was first exposed to the madness that is Mars on the excellent No New York compilation that was put together by Brian Eno that showcased some of the best No Wave acts from late 70’s NYC. Impulsive and chaotic, the band Mars only survived two years together playing around 30 gigs and recording only 32minutes of music (all of which is presented on this album). This one is definitely is piece of musical history….like them or not, Mars brought something new to the table.
Here’s what Lydia Lunch had to say about’em:
Static transmissions from a distant dark star. Taking up and tripping out further than the Velvet Underground’s Black Angel Death Song. MARS punished not with blunt force, but with a propulsive agitation which signaled a neurological insanity. A crippled tension swathed in nervous friction. A cavernous musical universe riddled with eerie sound storms whose poisoned atmosphere seduced and threatened. Obtuse and unforgiving. Sickly sexy. Red noise redefining bass urges, forcing the listener to question their own sanity by drilling into ear holes using electroshock guitars as saw blades trepanning into grey matter….
Link: MARS LP
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