MÄRVEL was formed in 2002 when John Steen (The King), Ulrik Bostedt ( Speedo) and Tony Samuelsson (The Vicar) spent a high school exchange year in Colorado, USA. Ditching classes, drinking beer and playing rock ‘n’ roll in the garage worked out pretty fine for the three young fellas.
The first vinyl ep “Marvellous” was released through the small NY based label “New York Powerhitters” and the band got airtime on several college radio stations before they left USA and returned to Sweden with lousy grades, but high spirits. Two other vinyl eps (Heroine Tracks, Bedlam at the embassy)were released the following years through Swedish indie labels.
In 2014, the band began writing and rehearsing some new songs. In February 2015 the band teamed up with Fred Estby in his Stockholm studio to record a mini-album — released that summer — ‘The Hills Have Eyes – EP – Märvel‘ with the title track released as a first single that May.
We listened to the track opener:
The Hills Have Eyes has constantly bothering bass notes with inflatable and squelching guitars that are fabulously rich ‘n’ hearty.
The riffs are fuzzed pile-drivers of truth and the vocals so glamorous and so truly seductive they might be considered pernicious …
Add to that the strong melody that sneaks up on the listener to steal away his/her love… And you are left with something rather amazing….
This is intelligent, clever and witty hard rock revival …
Studded with diamonds and with an ear for Scandinavian glamour… a sound that’s reminiscent of the Hellacopters.