Genre/Influences: Dark-Rock, Cold-Wave, Post-Punk.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl, Cassette.
Background/Info: The Mars Model is a Franco-Belgian formation, which explains the title of their debut EP “FrancoBelge”. The work features four songs, which are available on different formats. The cassette has been released on Kick Out The Jams while other formats are released on Wool-E Discs.
Content: “FrancoBelge” is not exactly the most accessible work and yet it clearly refers to some Post-Punk and Cold-Wave influences. The songs are ‘hard’ and supported with a dark touch. There’s a hint of Killing Joke running through their songs, which mainly comes through in the solid guitar play. On top of the composition you’ll notice Electronic arrangements.
+ + + : The work will definitely appeal for lovers of harder Roc/Wave & Post-Punk music. There’s a noticeable 80s touch, but adapted into a very personal interpretation. I especially like the songs “My Beautiful Amazon” and “Lifewire”, which both have something extra in the chorus. The guitar playing appears to be the main strength of this band, like building up an imaginary, dense wall of sound.
– – – : Unfortunately the tracklist of the EP has been inverted, which I think is a pity for a debuting band. The last song is the first one etc.
Conclusion: “FrancoBelge” is an interesting debut for The Mars Model.
Best songs: “My Beautiful Amazon”, “Lifewire”.