Red Martian is the best neue-shoegazer band you’ve never heard of.
Formed in 1999, Red Martian came out of the DIY punk scene in Seattle, WA. Drawing influences from My Bloody Valentine, New York Dolls, and Iggy Pop, the band continues to produce hard-hitting, whirring guitar sounds that breathe new air into the genre. Having previously released five CDs, six vinyl LPs, and four acetate limited-edition EPs on the band’s own label (Bughlt Records), Red Martian is proud to be back with its sixth studio album, Ghost Into The Fog.
At first, the hushed, brooding vocals juxtaposed with filtered guitars and arena drums recalls the tight-knit rock style of Interpol, but Red Martian’s punk ethos places the band into entirely new territory. Frontman Stephen Jones explains that, “…our music style is fairly anti-commercial without really trying to be. We're just trying to be honest and play things as they are. We call our style 'neue shoegazer' as a rebirth of the late ‘80s early ‘90s progression of post-Paisley Underground.”
On the band’s latest effort, Ghost Into The Fog, these genre-bending tendencies are especially apparent. Observe the alternating time signatures on “None,” or the melodic bass lines on “Use” that make RedMartian so difficult to categorize. What makes the release of Ghost Into The Fog especially exciting is that it features the production work of legendary rock producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor), who helped push the band into a brand new sonic direction.
Until now, the band has largely lived out its career existing somewhat under the radar, however touring extensively across the globe and recording tirelessly. “Our main goal,” explains Jones, “…I’d say is just having our music out there for fans to enjoy.”