• Origin
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Noise · Power Pop
Martian Electric stormed around the planet earth in the mid to late 90s, focused in the would-be musical lodestone of Cincinnati. The band (Steve Libbey, John Stanton, Mark Shepherd, Eric Davis) was driven by two aesthetics: good songs and interesting textures. They were convinced that well written music required distinctive and unique sounds; otherwise, it would be yet another pop song.

Martian Electric found fans in the local musicians, most notably The Afghan Whigs and the Wolverton Brothers. At the height of their popularity, they mysteriously stopped performing live, their last show being Halloween 1996. Returning to the studio one last time before breaking up, they recorded what was to be the shambolic, improvised album “The Four Walls of Today.” It was released on Imperial Fuzz Records in 2002, then released in 2013 by Thingmo. In 1999, they reunited for one weekend to record several improvisations and one Shepherd song, “Collector’s Program.”