“Mars Red Sky & Queen Of The Meadow EP”, the common release of French heavy psych stalwarts MARS RED SKY and dark folk singer QUEEN OF THE MEADOW, is made of 2 powerful psychedelic heavy tracks meeting the depth of dark folk harmonies. As a result, a complex and exhilarating flavor.
The daring combination opens up the genres to a whole new dimension and enhances MARS RED SKY‘s magic formula: namely, the blend of a robust and determined rhythm section with jagged and ambitious vocals, all evolving within a unique soundscape.
The maxi EP offers an abyssal production, polished and unheard of. Note that the gem was mastered by Lad Agabekov, metalcore unit Nostromo’s bassist. This EP is hiding an upcoming album, we will keep you posted soon.
Brought up on bands like Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, or My Bloody Valentine, Bordeaux-based outfit MARS RED SKY had no idea that they were about to become French stoner scene cornerstones when they founded the band in 2007. Yet the heavy psychedelic trio already shares many similarities and obvious connections with the “heavy and slow” community.
Free from any musical genre consideration, the musicians build their very own style on the tracks of the underground pioneers. Julien Pras’ ethereal and melodic voice emerges from a thick and complex rhythm, carried by sci-fi literature’s lyricism. Almost cinematic, MARS RED SKY‘s sound has a peculiar and unique flavor, standing out within the heavy rock scene.
To record their self-titled debut album, they shut themselves up in a remote house in the wilderness of the Spanish desert. Hypnotic, exhilarating, and heavy, the release conquered the very select heavy family and brought the trio to the biggest international rock and metal stages (SXSW, Hellfest, Desertfest, Roadburn, Eurockéennes), as well as opening for major acts such as Sleep, Dinosaur Junior, Kyuss Lives!, Killing Joke, Detroit or Gojira.
On stage, they manage to recreate their sophisticated studio atmospheres and deliver the special sonic touch that characterizes them. Their live shows absorb the listener, lose him in a visual and vibrant limbo and take him into another dimension. Beyond a simple concert, it is a real sensorial experience that is proposed.
A series of EP releases follow, including a split with the post-metal sextet Year Of No Light in 2012. In 2014, MARS RED SKY begin a collaboration with French label Listenable Records and welcome their new drummer Matgaz to replace Benoît Busser who decides to leave the band.
Together they complete the albums “Stranded In Arcadia” (2014), “Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul)” (2016), and “The Task Eternal” (2019). Matgaz’s vision and musicianship create depth in the trio’s personality, which takes a darker and more massive turn throughout these three productions.
Eager for original projects, MARS RED SKY decide to release their debut album in December 2021, to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary, by providing an online tool for re-mixing it. The album is available via their own record label Mrs Red Sound, through which they support the French heavy rock scene.
The band’s next EP is announced featuring dark folk artist QUEEN OF THE MEADOW. The EP will be available from April 28th, 2023 on Mrs Red Sound and Vicious Circle Records.
Cover: (c) Machado Leão (artwork), Brett Kielick (photography)
Band photo: (c) Rod Maurice
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