Transport Yourself To MARS
9 June 2003
Free Friday Lunchtime Concert, Friday June 13th, 12.15pm to 1.15pm, Cathedral
MARS were formed in 200 when Stephen McIntyre returned from
Japan and a regular busking gig where he often earned more than
one thousand dollars a night in the country ’s
most crowded subway stations.
McIntyre is no stranger to the kiwi
music scene. As bass player for seminal Flying Nun art rock band
Ballon D’essai and guitarist/vocalist in
All Fall Down, he released three records before living and travelling
“ My best songs are like mini-spiritual journeys,” he says. ‘Everything
about them has meaning and design, and it feels like I’m creating
them from a divine source. You can dance and groove to the upbeat
ones, and then you can chill out and meditate on the slower, quieter numbers.”
MARS music - with it’s attendant harmonies, hooks, melodies and structure
- has all the hallmarks of timeless pop. McIntyre has taken the best aspects
of classic songwriters and blended them with his own unique words and voice,
forming a style he calls ‘trip-pop’.
Temporarily transport yourself
to another world this Friday lunchtime in Cathedral Square with
MARS, playing from 12.15pm to 1.15pm.
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