Liverpool's The Room in The Wood presents sophomore LP 'We’re The Martians, Now'
"Candid and catchy.. between Wall of Voodoo’s Stan Ridgway, The Fall and more folk-pop territory with The Doors also a likely deeper influence" –Big Takeover Magazine
"Brilliant offering, loaded with optimism and wit. This lush and highly memorable music calls to mind other local bands like The Railway Children and Echo & The Bunnymen... gives every indication of a band that is going places"–Louder Than War
"With delta blues riffs and a style that burrows deep into the subconsciousness like Iggy’s ‘Passenger’, it’s a insidious cut" –God is in the TV
"The Room in the Wood play their new set out of their sonic window, and the result is not only rich and diverse, but also significant" –The Record Stache
"This music transports you to some time in the past – a wonderful time... Here we see an enticing palette of progressive and alternative pop, mixed with folk tales and sultry post-punk. The Room in the Wood do so fabulously. Bravo!"–The Spill Magazine
Liverpool-basedThe Room in the Woodpresent their new album'We’re The Martians, Now'. 12 genre-bending tracks wisping you through sounds recalling The Doors, Nick Drake, The Fall, Burt Bacarach, Echo & The Bunneymen and The Velvet Underground.
This LP features ace drumming byColin George Lamont (Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan), charming flute by Simon James and heavenly backing vocals by Helena Jacks. Recorded and mixed bySteve Powell (Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band) at his Liverpool-basedArk Studios, it was mastered byPete Maher (Barry Adamson, The Alarm).
This was previewed by two singles -'Charmed', a beautiful Burt Bacharach-esque ballad about the elite of our society - a timely message given the growing disparity seen in the UK and elsewhere, and'Fun of The Fair'with stomping beats, nods to glam rock, name-checking T-Rex, 70s reminiscence and youth gang flair - all the right ingredients for a 3 minute POP song!
The videos for both songs were created by the wonderfulMark Jordan, who set things in scene. The 'Charmed' video also features footage of Dave Jackson and Paul Cavanagh, filmed bySarah Ryan.
At its core, The Room in the Wood isPaul CavanaghandDave Jackson, who are once again working together after a huge gap since their post-punk bandThe Roomsplit back in 1985. This past year has been highly prolific for them, writing 30+ new songs, putting out three releases, issuing four videos, and performing live.
This album follows their the band's sci-fi inspired'Mars EP', released in late 2018. Prior to this, the Liverpool outfit released their debut album'The Room in the Wood'and the'Magical Thinking' EPearlier that same year.
Dave Jacksonhas been writing and recording since his teens - withThe Room, 051, Benny Profane, Dust, Dead Cowboys, as Dave Jackson & The Cathedral Mountaineers, and also with formerShack guitarist John Head. He has recorded and released 10 albums with these various incarnations, notched up 7 John Peel sessions with The Room and Benny Profane, and has also appeared on the Whistle Test, Janice Long and Saturday Live.
Jackson has also toured the UK, Europe and the USA extensively with The Fall, The Violent Femmes, Aztec Camera, The Lemonheads and The Wedding Present. He currently teaches creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University and has developed his novel 'Violet City' as a low-budget fantasy feature film.
Paul Cavanaghhas performed as a solo instrumentalist asCabin in the Woods and as one ofMike Badger’s Shady Trio. He worked with The Room drummer Alan Wills at Deltasonic Records withThe CoralandThe Zutons. Paul has also recorded 4 John Peel sessions and released albums withTop, It’s Immaterial, Moongoose, as well as critically acclaimed singles withGloss. He also played guitar for Chinese Religion, The Balcony and Ludus.
As of April 10,'We're The Martians, Now' will be available across music stores and streaming platforms such asSpotifyandApple Music. It will be released on coloured vinyl and CD, as well as digitally, and can be ordered viaBandcamp.
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