FACE ON MARS is a cataclysmic combination of heavy blues rock and loud psychedelic fuzz with elements of noise rock, doom metal, and southern sludge.
In 2004, Drew Kern (drums), Drew White (guitar), & Jonathan Lee Parks (bass) began jamming a half dozen songs together as RED SKY CIRCUS. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a permanent practice space, the group went on hiatus. Soon after the demise of RED SKY CIRCUS, drummer Drew Kern took on vocals & guitar and by 2006, with Jarod Lumpkin on drums & Jonathan Lee Parks on bass, FACE ON MARS began to practice eight completed songs. During Christmas break of 2006, guitarist Drew White returned. The members had three common endeavors: to be loud, heavy, & psychedelic.
At first, the band gathered most of its influences from the fuzzy grooves of KYUSS, the oddball heaviness of the MELVINS, and the brutal onslaught of ELECTRIC WIZARD and HIGH ON FIRE. BLACK SABBATH and PINK FLOYD were also thrown in for good measure. By the summer of 2008, a passion for 1970s rock emerged. Guitarist/Vocalist Drew Kern began to inject the soulful wailing of MOUNTAIN and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD while the music was laced with traces of THIN LIZZY, PENTAGRAM, & DEEP PURPLE.
Since 2006, the group has played more than 50 shows alongside bands such as BEFORE I HANG, SLO POKE, COUGH, ROYAL THUNDER, DARK CASTLE, SMOKE & FEATHERS, DAX RIGGS, LORD BY FIRE, HAARP, MOOSE, THE DEVIL & THE SEA, THAT YELLOW BASTARD, and many more. In the summer of 2008, a self-produced EP was recorded including six original tracks. On Halloween of 2009 in Hattiesburg, a ROKY ERICKSON tribute performance featured FACE ON MARS with members of BEFORE I HANG.
In the spring of 2011, bassist Curtis "Dirty Fingers" Matthews joined the group as the newest member. During the summer of 2011, "Jump the Gun" was released on a 7" split record with BEFORE I HANG. The song was also featured on StonerRock.com's Compilation Vol. 9.
In spring of 2012, bassist Jonathan Lee Parks returned with Curtis Matthews moving to lead guitar. The band will be participating in C&M's Rock War 6 on April 28th.
All recorded tracks can be heard at: