Moons of Mars Residency

Moons of Mars

Moons of Mars is an indie pop duo from Los Angeles. Brothers born and raised with an affinity for music, Mario Polanco is the lead vocalist, and writes while Giovan Polanco writes, produces, sings and plays guitar. The band released their first official EP ‘Free to Fly’ in April 2015, which got them their first radio single “Holiday” along with a good online buzz...bloggers noting their catchy songs and their signature falsetto melodies.

They have released a few singles, all of which have gained traction and received solid air play on LA’s premier alternative rock stations. “Poolside” was the first of the singles to debut on KROQ and was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist garnering several thousands of new ears. “X” was a song that marked the end of 2015 and was the first Moons of Mars’ track to reach #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only with Kat Corbett.

Moons of Mars kicked off 2016 headlining School Night at Bardot in Hollywood as they celebrated the release and radio success of “X.” In the summer of 2016 the band released “Take It Easy” which has connected and reached the furthest on radio (KROQ, ALT 98.7FM and many other So Cal alternative radio stations) and landing on several Spotify playlists.

In December 2016, their release “Na Na Na” debuted at #1 on KROQ 106.7FM Locals Only chart, and continued there into 2017. They have continued to perform around So Cal and are always writing. Their recently released (June 2017) cover of Haddaway’s 90’s dance hit “What Is Love” was featured on Spotify’s Chill Vibes and Release Radar playlists.

The band recently signed a publishing deal and is hard at work preparing to release a new EP this fall. The much anticipated lead single “I’ll make my money dreaming” is now available for streaming and download everywhere.

Avant Rivers

"Laying on the floor of his unfinished basement studio in Beachwood Canyon, Graham Bockmiller realized it was time to go out on his own. The LA-based band Great White Buffalo had run its course, leaving him unsure what would come next. Graham spent the next year holed up inside his studio by himself; contemplating life, writing, collecting nude calendars of Eastern European women suggestively holding large trophy carp, and experimenting with the raw recording skills he had taught himself. Inspired by artists like Queens of the Stone Age, Foals, and HEALTH, he began exploring new sounds and textures outside of the traditional rock staples of guitar, drums, and bass – testing the limits of his DIY recording chops in search for a more interesting, vibier sound. These songs would later become the beginning of Yacht Punk.

Graham tinkered on demos until a chance meeting with Michael Pozzi (guitar) atDavey Wayne’s on Hollywood Boulevard. Michael was all-in on the project after visiting the studio and hearing where the music was going, and they were soon joined by Graham’s roommate Tricky (drums, no discernible first or last name) and Justin Ricard (bass). They took the demos to producer and indie-rock guru Matt Wignall’s (Cold War Kids, Mando Diao, J. Roddy Walston and the Business) eclectic Tackyland studio in Long Beach. In his converted garage studio (where “Hang Me Out to Dry” was recorded), Wignall took the music to further and weirder places with his unique production black magic. Afterwards, the band brought the tracks back to LA, where they were finished with mixer/engineer Will Brierre (The Killers “Hot Fuss”).

So here it is. Yacht Punk sounds like Stephen King’s movie Maximum Overdrive took a handful of downers. It has something to do with free-basing weed wax off nice silverware you heated up on an electric stove. It’s drinking daiquiris out of a hollowed-out pineapple at a vampire bar, flying on acid. It’s doing hippie-flips in the desert while eating steak dinner with a roommates’ retired relatives, having a black dumpster cat named Mazzy Star, and destroying another pair of white Converse. No, they don't ride on yachts and they don't play punk."

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