Rockstars On Mars
Rockstars on Mars may be a new sleaze rock band from Gothenburg but that does not mean they are without a degree of glam metal pedigree. Singer London LeGrand is an American musician, lyricist, and vocalist best known for his time with hard rock super group Brides Of Destruction with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns. Joining him in Rockstars on Mars are Caesar bashing the drums, Dave on bass guitar and Johnny who shreds guitar.
They hit the ground running on “Tequila N Gin” where, if the title alone isn’t enough to tell you what to expect, the opening scream and dirty metal riff certainly tell you this band is here to kick ass. It starts things off in a proper rock n roll fashion, with a song which has a Buckcherry esque swagger. “Road Of Freedom” keeps the flavour going with references to “a bottle of Jack”. It has a melodic feel to it which suggests time well spent listening to the likes of Kiss.
We get a mid-album break from the faster, paced rockers as “Bleeding Heart” is a slower song with a more intense sound. Yet again, the title speaks volumes on “2 Kool For Skool” as it’s an old school sleaze metal track with the use of a cow bell just to ram home the glam message. It will again have you recalling classic bands like Shotgun Messiah. The sleaze flag is kept flying with “I Want You” but we get really down and dirty with “Headbone”, which sounds like a missing track from the debut album from the legendary Faster Pussycat. It has the same sleazy, low slung guitar line and the vocals have that lazy, spoken delivery style that Taime Downe mastered.
There would appear to be a new line of sleaze rock bands slowly emerging from the gutter with the likes of Rockstars On Mars and Viceroy Crux. There is no doubt that they will appeal to fans of some of the classic bands from the sleaze metal scene, such as Faster Pussycat, Shotgun Messiah, and Buckcherry etc. The real test will be if they can capture the imagination of a new generation of rockers. Let’s hope so, because it’s great to have some real rock n roll played by artists who actually look and sound like rock stars.