That’s right, kids. I’m sure you’ve probably seen the Web flyer posted all over Myspace lately, but just in case ya haven’t…
If you’ve never caught the Boss Martians live before, you’re in for a treat. Tight and powerful rock’n'roll from Seattle. They started out as a neo-’60s surf/frat/garage act in the mid-1990s but over the past several years have morphed their sound into a more polished, sitcom-friendly brand of powerpop with obvious nods to the ’70s. Here, I’ll let their bio do the rest of my talkin’:
Fronted by guitar-smashing, soul singing, anthem-writing buzzbomb Evan Foster, Seattle’s BOSS MARTIANS are thee Rock & Roll jet boys to look for in 2008! Got Songs?? HELL YES!! At least, that is, according to Rolling Stone’s David Fricke who anointed them “rising stars” referencing their addictive hooks, killer tunes, and super-charged performance a couple years ago in New York City at Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival alongside The Strokes and Iggy Pop (among many others!) SPIN Magazine, quick to get aboard, said “the Boss Martians’ irresistible ‘I Am Your Radio’ should make them stars…” regarding the Foster-penned Power Pop instant-anthem. Taking it all over the top at the concert that day was the introduction the Martians received from the “Boss” himself — Bruce Springsteen — to 10,000 people!
Martian History Lesson: Evan Foster (guitar, vocals) and NickC (keys) met as teenagers in Tacoma, WA and discovered a mutual obsession with Garage, Punk, Surf, Power Pop, New Wave, old SST Records releases, and CAFFEINE! They both wanted to start a weird rock band — enter The Boss Martians!! The Martians uniquely combine the primal energy of Punk with the raw, unmistakable sound and swagger of Northwest Garage Rock (think The Sonics!!), English blue-eyed soul (think Small Faces and The Who!!), and the pure pop sensibility of a young, sneering Elvis Costello. Rounding out the band’s low end and drum kit destruction plan, respectively, are Scott Myrene on bass guitar and the young, often angry, Spokane-born, “Dirty” Thomas Caviezel on drums.
The last few years have proven to be very good to our Martians and accolades abound for their relentless DIY touring all over the U.S. and Europe while supporting their last full-length release “The Set-Up” (MuSick/India/Rough Trade), which was declared a “Power Pop Masterpiece” by Punk Planet!
BIG NEWS right now is that IGGY POP has co-written AND performed on the new Boss Martians album entitled “Pressure in the S.O.D.O.”, scheduled for release in Europe in Nov 2007, and on July 8th, 2008 in the U.S.!!
The album, mixed by Rock & Roll genius Jack Endino (Nirvana, Hot Hot Heat, and everyone else that rules), features a song entitled “HEY HEY YEAH YEAH” which is currently featured on six E-Trade TV commercial ads running thru 2009 in the U.S. and Canada (WATCH THE ADS), and to top that — one of these ads was just announced as being one of the MOST POPULAR ADS OF SUPER BOWL XLII!!!