Boomkat Product Review:
Mars are the sort of near-mythical band you only hear mentioned in hushed reverence by those in the know. They were an integral and catalytic piece of New York's primordial mid-late '80s No Wave soup and left a cruelly overlooked legacy of controlled fury and blunt emotion transcribed to a handful of releases. This LP 'Live At Irving Plaza' is a location recording captured on a prototype portable tape recorder by an early fan of theirs, Brian Eno, and documents, in remarkable fidelity, their penultimate show, dating August 4th, 1978. It's a raucous, rollicking performance, utterly compelling and deeply gratifying in an animalistic, get-your-teeth-right-into-it kinda way, taking in the ramshackle magic of 'Outside Africa', the cutthroat throttling of 'Fractions' and the dissonant battery of 'Immediate Stages Of The Erotic', plus a freaking outstanding B-side 'NN End' where they're joined by Rudolph Grey on guitar for a squally, stomping madness. F**king amazing.