Since its inception in the late 90′s, American Mars has been a kind of musical anomaly in their hometown of Detroit. In a town often passed over by touring roots acts and dominated by garage and punk, the band has persevered with its unique brand of atmospheric roots-influenced rock.
After the collapse of the band’s original line-up following the release of Late (1997), singer/songwriter Thomas Trimble seriously considered drawing the curtain on AM. He continued to write songs, however, and in the spring of 1999 he got an invitation to perform at the North by Northeast Music Festival in Toronto. Thomas accepted the invitation and contacted Late producer David Feeny about accompanying him on pedal steel along with Detroit-based cellist Autumn Dunbar. The group performed as American Mars.
Shortly after returning to Detroit, Thomas and David decided to record the songs they had arranged for the NXNE performance. Discussions of a new American Mars record took place during those sessions and was followed by more writing and recording throughout 1999 and 2000.
Out of those sessions came the 2001 No City Fun, released regionally and re-released nationally in 2003, distributed by Chicago’s Carrot Top Records.
Bassist Garth Girard came on-board when the band supported the record with regional touring and appearance at the 2003 South by Southwest music festival.
- Exposure (2016) Bandcamp
- Chasing Vapor (2012) Bandcamp
- Western Sides (2008) Bandcamp
- No City Fun (2001) Bandcamp
- Late (1997) Bandcamp