American Mars - " Exposure "
Nov 09, 2016
Catalog Number: GPR-1038
Price: $ 7
Thomas Trimble-vocals, guitars
David Feeny-pedal steel, guitars, keyboards, vocals
Garth Girard-bass, vocals
Exposure is the fifth studio album by Detroit-based band American Mars. Produced by band member David Feeny at Feeny’s own Tempermill Studio in Ferndale, Michigan, the album features eleven original songs and is the band’s first release since 2012’s Chasing Vapor.
Exposure is a compelling aggregation of rock bluster and folky melancholy. From of the pop-inflected swoon of the album’s opener, “Delilah,” to the melodic crash of “Give Me a Sign,” and the arty swagger of “Watches and Warnings,” the album is a roller coaster of elation, insomnia, and desire.
Says guitarist and producer David Feeny: “Writing and recording this record was a unique collaborative experience. Some songs were written organically during rehearsals while others came from exploring alternate ways of writing. For several songs, I recorded demo versions of ideas and then threw them at Thomas, who wrote lyrics from his own unique perspective.”
The band’s 2008 release, Western Sides, received enthusiastic reviews from Harp and American Songwriter, while the music on the group’s 2003 release, No City Fun, received glowing comparisons to such diverse artists as Tom Petty, Joe Henry, the Dream Syndicate, and Blue Nile. The band’s lyrical and emotive live shows have earned them supporting slots with The National, The Avett Brothers, Elbow, and Richard Buckner.