The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Band of Skulls
Mars Electric were in the wrong place at the wrong time, their catchy brand of hard-edged pop didn’t really fit into the music climate, which back in the early part of the millennium was host to the likes of Limp Bizkit and Korn. After putting together the second album the band was dropped by Portrait/Columbia and the album was subsequently never released in the States. Atenzia later picked up the album for a European only release. However, bandleader and main songwriter Jacob Bunton has resurfaced in the Birmingham Alabama outfit Lynam, where he once again appears to be pulling all the strings. Indeed it is difficult to hear where Mars Electric ends and Lynam begins especially when ‘Descend’-which appears on ‘Fame Among the Vulgar’-makes a welcome return on ‘Life in Reverse’. In Bunton’s own words “it never got a release over here so I thought it was about time”. It would seem that Lynam has lovingly adopted the Mars Electric songs, and quite why they have remained dormant for quite so long is a mystery given the undoubted quality on offer here. ‘Tanis’, ‘Loved By Everyone’ and ‘Last Chance’ rock out with abandon, hooks, and song writing know how, whilst slow burners, the aforementioned ‘Descend’ and ‘Letting Go’ fit seamlessly together with pop rock gems like the quite awesome ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’. Butch Walker may get all the plaudits for his song writing genius, but Jacob Bunton aka Jacob Lynam is ready to take up that mantle. Until the release of a brand new album ‘Slave To The Machine’ in early 2005, we’ll just have to make do with one of the essential releases of 2004.Superb.