The King of Mars (TKOM) has evolved from a four-piece rock band into a larger group with synths, auxiliary percussion, and a horn section. Their sound shakes the foundation of traditional rock music by encompassing Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicality alongside insightful lyricism.
TKOM consistently performs at many popular Chicago venues and, in 2017, successfully completed their first tour where TKOM gained fans along the East Coast and throughout the South and Midwest.
What is The King of Mars all about?
The King of Mars is all about making music that gets stuck in your head while showcasing our musicianship. We put serious messages in our music, but that doesn’t mean we take ourselves too seriously. We love to have a good time when we’re playing and our goal to move our listeners in some way, shape, or form.
Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
The King of Mars sounds like Radiohead had a sonic baby with Red Hot Chili Peppers and added a horn section. But personally, some of my (John Bruner) biggest musical influences when writing the music for this band have been Stevie Wonder for his vocal chops and horn arrangements and Father John Misty for his lyricism and songwriting skills.
What inspired you to start making music?
I started writing songs when I was in middle school. I loved playing guitar, but putting lyrics to the music became my favourite past time. I always struggled to deal with emotional events in my life and songwriting became a useful outlet for me. Since then being able to write songs and have the rest of the band fill in their parts around mine has been the best part of forming this group.
Tell us about the latest project?
Our second release, Bleach and Aspirin, just came out in October of 2018. It’s on all streaming sites including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. We put in a ton of work and time into this album and even recorded, mixed and mastered it ourselves so it’s become very personal to all of us. We’re immensely proud of this collection of music and we’d be honoured if you’d give it a listen!
Is there a particular message you wish to get across through your music?
As previously stated, we put serious messages in our music like dealing with substance abuse, losing loved ones, and failed relationships; but we still like to keep it light in the band. If you look at any of our photoshoots, you can see we like to stay goofy and loose. We’re pretty humble individuals and we don’t like to take ourselves very seriously.
What are your plans for 2019?
we’ll be working on writing new songs and playing in new cities in the midwest that we haven’t gotten to yet. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with us and see if we’re coming to a city near you!
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