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The Mars Patrol-Are You With Me?

Band Name: The Mars Patrol

Album Name: Are You With Me?

Best Element: Distinctive and catchy indie rock with a pop twist.

Genre: Indie rock/pop

Website: http://www.themarspatrol.com

Label Name: Ravista Records

Band E-mail: band@themarspatrol.com

The Mars Patrol is not your kid sister’s bubblegum pop. They play mature, talented indie rock with a pop twist. With this new mini-album, Are You With Me?, the follow up 2005’s stellar Turn it Around EP, Scotland’s The Mars Patrol has proved that they not only have talent, but they have staying power.

In fact, Are You With Me? is a musical triumph in and of itself. With a combination of tremendous musical talent, Davina’s spectacular vocals, and remarkable songwriting, this mini-album begs you to listen to it over and over again. Just as it was on the Turn it Around EP, the upbeat sound which prevails makes you want to sing along, and keeps the songs stuck in your head for days to come.

Another excellent thing to consider is that, although there was only a year and a half between the Turn it Around EP and Are You With Me?, The Mars Patrol managed to craft a more mature sound while retaining the distinctive quality which separates them from the masses. With all of these positive effects backing them, it’s no wonder why they are gaining much deserved worldwide acclamation. Their Myspace page has links to fan-sites from around the world – everywhere from their native Scotland to the US to Italy and Mexico, just to name a few.

All of this said, this is an album not to be missed. The catchy songs and excellent vocals will have you singing along with each track as you listen, and humming along to the music when it inevitably gets stuck in your head.

-Andrea Caruso

sunshine131@gmail.com

The Mars Patrol-Turn it Around EP

mars-patrolBand Name: The Mars Patrol

Album Name: Turn it Around EP

Best Element: Flawless from start to finish.

Genre: Poppy indie rock

Website: www.themarspatrol.com

Label Name: Outtasight Recordings

Band E-mail: themarspatrol@hotmail.com

I beg you, Mars Patrol, please help me get your songs out of my head! I’ve been listening to Turn it Around for two days now and I can’t help but sing along. Your melodies and harmonies are so infectious, your vocals so sweet and beautiful- I can hardly tear myself away.

All drama aside, this is one of the best CDs I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing to date. This oh-so-talented Scottish duo, consisting of Davina Divine and Ross Nelson, has created a masterpiece in that every song is flawless from start to finish.

Stylistically, The Mars Patrol resembles a more mature Lisa Loeb with a twist of alternative rock. The band’s slogan says “Reaching your soul, not bleeding your ears” and they hold true to this. Their music is infused with passion and emotion without the harsh vocals and music used by so many artists. Replacing these harsh tones are sharp, clean vocals and guitars that please the ears to get you singing and tapping your toes.

This is the kind of act you would typically see at a local bar, playing songs while people drink and listen – but their talent screams that they are destined for more. It will be a pleasure to watch their fan base grow so that they can touch the hearts of others with their wonderful sound.

-Andrea Goodwin

starryblueskye24@aol.com