Märvel – ‘At The Sunshine Factory’ (The Sign Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:00

Stu Marvel At The Sunshine Factory CoverI can't help but smile when I go to press play on this brand new Märvel opus - not because I think there is anything funny about these masked rockers, but they take me to a happy place when I know the needle drops into the groove and the rock begins.

 

Having built a studio to record in, 'A Killing View' begins not so much with a bang but with a gentle strum of the acoustic variety… but, fear not, rockers it's a mere intro before bang! we're in and the rock and roll begins with some mighty fine string bending and pounding of the drums, and their modern take on all things ‘70s begins.  They embrace a decade of rock with empathy and bring it screaming and kicking into the modern era and boy do they do it well.  You have to fall in love with the harmonies and the melodies – and, on top of that, the ROCK!  It's up there with fellow Scandinavians The Hellacopters as they live the dream. 

 

Spread out over 12 tracks, this album carries the flame that their previous albums lit, and if the opening track was a mark in the sand they usher in some pop sensibilities on 'The Secret Grand Prix' (nah, I haven't a clue either - just go with it): the mix is exceptional, and the layered acoustic guitars and tambourine add to the magic being created.

 

'Good Luck Sandy' is like bottled sunshine and is exactly what makes me smile when listening to Märvel.  The solo is understated and empathetic with the overall flow of the song as I lay back and let out a satisfied sigh.  In contrast, 'Heart And Balls' has a large pair of kahunas with some tasty bass rumble and great duelling guitars.  Märvel open up the engines for the next few tracks and just rock out with a groove ('Smile Mr Steen') riff-a-rama ('Monsters In The Dark') and 'Child' is like a slab of prime ‘70s Kiss.

 

 

For that real ‘70s heart and soul, 'Step Closer' is a shining example and one of the standout tracks on the whole album.  'Live and Learn' is like a doff of the cap to late ‘70s Aerosmith when they'd just play rock ‘n’ roll music: nothing flash, just solid build around a cool riff. Penultimate track 'Vinegar' is more of the same - maybe a bit harder in the rock department.

 

To close off this album, Märvel crack open the box of castanets to compliment the acoustic as they take a gentle stroll on the big semi-acoustic set closer.  They do it so well and the attention to detail is outstanding. 

 

'At The Sunshine Factory' is an appropriate title, because this record is a huge ray of sunshine in bleak time.s Märvel have knocked their brand of rock and roll out of the park and do this better than anyone else currently can.  Get on this bad boy the minute it's released folks you'll love it long time, trust me. 

 

'At The Sunshine Factory' is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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