Tuesday, July 18, 2017

“The Enemy” by Mars Motel – A Song Review

     It’s easy to get lost in one of the elements of “The Enemy.” The vocals in the track from Mars Motel are self-assured and penetrating. The mixing often emphasizes the percussion. That’s particularly true following the 23-second intro, when the percussion and bass line are given equal rights with the vocals. Of course, there is our favorite element – the guitar. The solo that starts at 2:43 isn’t demanding, but it is impactful within the context of the song.

     However, as with almost every song, the interplay of the elements determines the strength of “The Enemy.” The track evidences a band chemistry and “tightness” that are typically beyond the reach of a group yet to release its debut EP (one is slated to drop later this year).

     Mars Motel selected “Retro” as one of the search terms when they uploaded “The Enemy” to Soundcloud. That’s appropriate, since the track carries a 1990s feel with it. On the other hand, the inspiration for the lyrics is modern day. The message is directed to today’s obsession with social media and the comfort that comes to a person from approval after broadcasting daily activities. While technological advances that allowed day-to-day observations of one’s life were once universally considered “the enemy,” people now freely post seemingly intrusive insights into their lives, because “The enemy will be your friend when you’re alone.”

     Mars Motel is based in Brooklyn, New York. The members are Sarik Kumar (vocals, guitar), Wesley Wynne (guitar), Jordan Lipp (drums), and Justin Lieberthal (bass). They are scheduled to perform At Niagara in New York City on July 19, 2017. For ticket information, CLICK HERE

     “The Enemy” by Mars Motel

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