Combining the talents of long-time friends Philippe Paludetto (vocals and guitar) and Marc Sastre (bass) with drummer Alejandra Robles Luna, Mars Sucks is a new breed of rock for the 21st century. Described by Thoughts Words Actions as a band that “…blends grunge, alternative rock, indie rock, hard rock, melodic punk rock into a colossal slab of harmonious noise”, the trio are certainly genre-defying. While only two singles into their project, one can consider the band newbies but they are no shrinking violets. Featured on several online radios, notable blogs and playlists, Mars Sucks is receiving international acclaim. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Break On Me’.
Influenced by the likes of The Clash, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and Bad Religion, Mars Sucks has a heavy, hard-hitting approach to music. Following their well-received debut ‘Perfect Day’, ‘Break On Me’ takes one back to the punk rock days of Sex Pistols but with a contemporary melodic metal feel. As one would imagine, there is a pounding drum meets scorching guitars combination with some distortion; however, in its powerful heavy-handedness, there is a harmonic flow in the chaos.
Touching on the “classical theme of love”, ‘Break On Me’ can be viewed as a conceptual track with personal narrative. The line between intimate individuality and philosophical allegory is delicately toed by Mars Sucks appealing to all areas of our existence. You feel accepted and understood but at the same time view the content from a stranger’s perspective. It is this depth of material that shows Mars Sucks is more than the average punk band.
In addition to their single, Mars Sucks released an official music video for ‘Break On Me’. While the video seemed quite entertaining and insightful, I was unable to view it in its entirety because of the lighting effects. This video contains strobe-like lighting effects and rapid pattern movement that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.