Sometimes you don’t find the band, the band finds you.
Mars Motel had been mysteriously popping up on my feed with gorgeous live pics from a previous shows. Eclectic song snippets and trippy visuals, Mars Motel knows how to keep you and their fans engaged.
I took the chance to see them live at Mercury Lounge and it was the one of the best spontaneous decisions I’ve made. Summer nights always help in creating nostalgic memories in New York City and I feel that they convey it preciously.
There was definitely excitement in catching Mars Motel.
Mars Motel is definitely other worldly, mixing genres like surf rock, shoe gaze and rock and they will captured my attention from beginning to end.
They have a capacity to hit different ranges in tempo in each of their songs from mellow and shoe gazy to dance like no one’s watching surf rock. Mars Motel is the type of band you would end up having a great time seeing even if you’re with company or by yourself.
Seeing them play songs like “Green” and then hearing it on the train is different but a good different, it gives you two different perspectives. As a band, they’re very cohesive where they sound exactly the same live as they sound in their songs, but in my opinion the experience is so much more rich when live. Bands like this are a rare gem because you can tell their attention to detail not only onstage but off.
The lighting also took part in creating the enigmatic aesthetic, that gives Mars Motel their mysterious charm.
“City Streets” is the first single from Mars Motel’s new record, “The Eclipse Sessions,” a five song live EP filmed and recorded at Mission Sound during the first solar eclipse the United States saw in 38 years. The EP features three live tracks from Mars Motel’s first wave of singles and two unreleased B sides (“Hit The Floor” & “City Streets”). The Eclipse Sessions are available on all streaming platforms and definitely worth the try.
“City Streets” is a song about love and heartbreak. It was written during a time when summers felt endless, everything seemed possible, and we lived life in the fast lane without any real knowledge of who we were or who we would become. It tells the story of young love that grows apart and the sorrow of moving on.