One Red Martian (Dallas, TX) –
Some of today’s greatest rock bands, including Muse and Kings of Leon, incubated their unique sonic signatures far away from big city “scenes” and have preserved them with close-knit, unchanging line-ups. Following in this formidable tradition comes One Red Martian: three brothers and a childhood friend who first made music in rural Upstate New York.
Though they relocated to Dallas in 2008, ORM’s unusually organic coming-together as teenagers four years earlier (the oldest member of the band is still just 21) has forever shaped them. “That’s a huge part of how we got to where we are today,” says singer/guitarist Jimi Woodul. “It’s even more intense than that now, because we’re better musicians and we’re more dedicated… [But] in many ways it’s very much similar to when we were just up in my family’s barn playing music.”
One Red Martian fuse influences from their parents’ record collections (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, classic blues) with more contemporary fare (from Josh Ritter to Rage Against the Machine) into what they intriguingly dub “intensely lyrical ballad rock” and “genre-busting piano metal”.
“We want our songs to really say something,” says Jimi. “But, at the same time, we also want to be the heaviest piano band ever. We were very influenced by Ben Folds and Muse, but we wanted to take it a step further and make it as heavy as we can while still retaining some real substance in the lyrics and having extreme dynamics.”
Following their debut full-length, Studio Dog Sessions, self-recorded in their high school music room on borrowed equipment in ’08, ORM have now realized their aural ambitions with newly-released Spit My Brain. “we’re much more proficient with our instruments and much tighter as a live band [now],” Jimi, the band’s principal songwriter, explains. “and it was easier to go for more bold concepts lyrically because I’ve just become a better writer. The concepts are much more defined. I guess the theme of the album is seeing yourself as outside of yourself and having everybody else see that very pure view of yourself – you’re spitting your brain outside of your body.”
Recorded over 10 days in Texas, Spit My Brain includes the title track (the most personal song I’ve ever written”) and “Demondroid”, which was mixed by legendary rock producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt etc.) yet, while Spit is their finest recorded statement to date, One Red Martian remain focused on live performance. “When I hear a band and they’re totally sublime performers, with totally sympathetic vibrations going out into the crowd, it does something to me inside that I would like to give to somebody else,” says the singer. “And I think we’re capable of giving somebody that feeling.”
“We’re so committed to doing this, [but] it’s not really like we’re committed to success – It’s that we really, honestly want to make really great music…and nothing really gets in the way of that.”