Music Clip of the Month/ 03-12

Mars & Venus' "Shades of White" (2011)

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

You can also check out Mars & Venus' "Connor" video here.
THREE months after five friends formed Mars & Venus in sexy Edmonton, Alberta, the "band who could never do it the easy way" ventured down south, playing probably mostly holes in the wall in the States and even Mexico. This five-week stretch took them to places they'd never been to before, headlining shows in joints as foreign as 3,000km! That takes balls, blaring their eclectic rock vocal graffiti for Tijuanans just days after launching their premiere EP, Stray Bullets Make Brave Hearts. That was 2009.

Carlos "Los Pipes" Calleja (vocals), Nathan "the Drama" Lafrance (guitar), Matthew "Whitey Furious" Brougeault (bass), Jordan "Twreck" Tworek (drums), and newbie Craig "the Craig" Sartor (guitar) are "ready to take on the world" now, easily and rapidly establishing a respectable local fanbase in their hometown, and by February 2011 Mars & Venus had introduced Faded Maps and Winding Ways, their full length debut.

The launch party was almost exactly one year ago today, at the Starlite Room, where the band broke Dead Jesus' attendance record that night. They've since spoiled fans across Canada, the U.S., and an adoring Mexico. Now, they're up for a pair of 2012 Edmonton Music Awards, in Group of the Year and Video of the Year for "Shades of White," directed by Holden Daniels. Check it out below.

Mars & Venus' next Edmonton gig will be March 31st (that's a Saturday!) at the Pawn Shop (10551-82 Ave./ 780-432-5058). Go see 'em. You can also follow the band on Facebook or MySpace.

Below of the official video for Mars & Venus' "Shades of White."

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