Reviewed: February 2020
Released: 24-01-2020, The Sign Records
Reviewer: Ernie B
Märvel, a three piece from Sweden, have taken it upon themselves to re-record their first E.P., due to suspicious circumstances concerning the master tapes of the original.
Taking it for what it is, re-recordings of tracks from a 17 year old E.P., yes it sounds dated, but if you like your rock free & easy this is one for you. The track ‘Marvelous’ shows a band full of piss & vinegar; any band that can write a song about how marvellous they are deserves a listen. The other three tracks, you can almost picture the band on stage guitar leads wrapped around their legs as they’re dancing around whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Märvel recounts what happened their own words:
You know the story… and if you don’t, here it comes! Marvel formed in 2002 when three guys from Åtvidaberg enjoyed rocking and rolling more than studying during their high school exchange year in Colorado — but have you ever heard the songs from our debut EP? No! Not until today you haven’t! We got picked up by the US indie label New York Powerhitters and recorded Marvellous in the U.S. Before the release of the 4-track EP, we parted ways with the label and moved back to Sweden. The label promised that copies would be sent to us and that we also would get the master tapes. That never happened and we never heard from the label again. For years we tried to get a hold of tapes to be able to re-release the songs or at least get a listening copy. Sadly, after being acquired and moved multiple times by different labels (and according to hearsay) the tapes were destroyed in the Universal Studios fire in 2008.
Even though we re-recorded “A Taste of Platinum” for our debut album Five Smell City in 2005, we’ve always felt that it was a shame that people never got to hear the songs that kicked off our career. So to celebrate our roots we’ve re-recorded all of the songs! We haven’t tried to make it sound like the originals; instead, we wanted to play, produce and record the songs as well as we possibly could. It was Marvellous — now it’s Märvellous — and we hope you löve it.
Back to the music, after repeated listening I find myself having a good ol’ singalong, The King guitar playing has some serious air guitar in the crowd waiting to happen, backed by some uncluttered Bass & Drums from The Burgher & The Vicar. We have a lot to be thankful to Scandinavia for, Turbonegro, Hellacopters & also Marvel from the quaintly named Five Smell City, must check it out sometime. In the words of the Burgher, there not really a trio, as people come & people go but they’re still members of the band, open door as & when they want to join back up. Rumour has it some of them could be members of Ghost. Well as I finish writing this up, my ears have had an aural treat, in fact listen to this & then back track to earlier stuff.