‘Any Fool can be Happy’ opens the album strutting onto the stage blissfully unaware of the lucky groove and magical melody they found together. The tune seems equally oblivious to the pressures of current musical trends towards synthetic, pitch corrected, ultra cool pop.
‘Is it Time?’ asks and answers the big questions with a resounding, “Yes”- while the track shifts seamlessly between dreamy, pop vocal harmonies, break-beat chants, a gritty blues bridge and psychedelic “shoo dee wop” swagger.
The pair recount the band’s origin story in an insistent and bouncing rocker. ‘The Score’ – gallops and kicks under the reins of twin lead singers.
‘The Score’ is the one song on the album recorded and mixed at The Bubble by longtime friend and veteran engineer and producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith.
Beto Martinez baritone guitar riffs on ‘Palace at 4AM’ pairs Latin psychedelic 007 vibes with an exotic Liza Minnelli cabaret-inspired Polynesian dive bar in the Badlands, ending with a final chase scene and surprise attack set in the dark deserts of Marfa, Texas.
Inspired by Tarantino & Rodriguez films, “Bésame el Culo”, continues the pair’s cinematic road trip “halfway to Mexico” – telling tall tales of tour stops inhabited by hipster wannabes and one eyed doormen.
Between the drama of the hot desert air and the irony of their dark sense of humour, a latin surf rock romance emerges.
The first time you got the blues, it felt ‘Nine Miles Wide’, and now hits with heavy grade school nostalgia. This track ranges from a soul-stirring duet to fuzz-drenched psych-rock while revisiting the childhood loss when a best friend’s family moves out of town.
The album’s closing track ‘Hey Alabama’ puts the full duality of Venus Loves Mars on display. In part one, an old vinyl record crackles under a slinky blues lick and relentless kick drum pulse.
B’s taunting chant and barking vocals set the tone for the blown-out chunky riffs and bombastic drum fills, which eventually drop like a ton of bricks.
In part two, Mac takes over the lead vocals and the song shifts tempo into high gear, taking the fight into the street for a dirty gut bucket brawl to the end.
Grab yourself a copy on Bandcamp, and keep your eyes peeled on streaming services for the EP!
VLM4EVER will soon be crafted onto CDs within the next few weeks. It will then be pressed onto deep purple vinyl at Gold Rush Vinyl, located in Austin, Texas. The release is scheduled for September 1st on Spotify.