Mars was an American, New York City-based rock band, formed in 1975 when China Burg (guitar, vocals) and artist Nancy Arlen (drums) brought Mark Cunningham (bass) and vocalist Sumner Crane together to talk about music.They were joined briefly by guitarist Rudolph Grey. The band played one live gig under the name China before changing it to Mars. They played a mixture of angular compositions and freeform noise music jams, featuring surrealist lyrics and non-standard drumming. All the members were said to be completely untrained in music before forming the band.
Mars played live about two dozen times, all in Manhattan. Their first show was at CBGB’s in January 1977; their last one was at Max’s Kansas City on December 10, 1978. Their recorded debut was the “3-E”/ “11,000 Volts” 7-inch single, released by Rebel Records/ ZE Records. The group then released a single live EP in 1979 or 1980, though they had broken up in 1978. Both recordings were compiled by Lydia Lunch’s self-run label, Widowspeak Records, in 1986, as 78.
In 1978, Mars appeared on the influential No New York compilation LP produced by Brian Eno, along with DNA, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and James Chance and the Contortions, which helped to bring the nascent No Wave genre into the foreground.] An All Music reviewer wrote of their contributions: “Mars creates interesting music out of apparent chaos; the vocals are babbled and the guitars, bass and drums sound like they’re weaving in and out of the song while going in several different directions at once, yet the band is oddly compelling in its crazed, cacophonous way.”
This is their debut 7″ on Rebel records from 1978. Very hard to find. EX/VG+