Thomas Trimble-vocals, guitars
David Feeny-pedal steel, guitars, keyboards, vocals
Garth Girard-bass, vocals
American Mars was formed in 1995 by singer/songwriter Thomas Trimble. The first line-up of the band consisted of Trimble, guitarist Brad Richards, singer, songwriter, and bassist Karla Richardson, and drummer Dave Lentz. The band’s debut album, Late, was produced by David Feeny and self-released by the band in 1997. Brad Richards left the group before the album was released and was replaced by guitarist Gary Watts, formerly of Crossed Wire and Scott Fab.
American Mars’ first line-up disbanded after regional tours in support of Late. Trimble re-formed the band in 2000 with Late-producer David Feeny (Hysteric Narcotics, The Orange Roughies), bassist Garth Girard, and drummer Mike Popovich. In 2001, the band released its second album, No City Fun and in 2003, the group performed at the South by Southest Music Festival.
In 2008, the band released its third full-length, Westernsides, on guitarist Feeny’s Gangplank Records label. Westernsides featured the line-up of Trimble, Feeny, Girard, and drummer Charlie Koltak. Westernsides received positive national reviews from American Songwriter and Harp magazine.
In 2012, the band released its fourth full-length album, Chasing Vapor, with drummer Alex Trajano. In addition to nine originals, the album included a cover of Paul McCartney and Denny Laine’s 70’s hit “Mull of Kintyre.”
Exposure, the band’s most recent album, was released in 2016. In addition to Trimble, Feeny, and Girard, Exposure features drummers Brian Ferriby and Woody Saunders and contributions by Flogging Molly violinist Bridget Regan.
Over its history, American Mars’ has played supporting slots with The National, The Avett Brothers, Elbow, Clem Snide, Magnolia Electric Company, Richard Buckner, and 16 Horsepower.
Late (1997), No City Fun (2001), Western Sides (2008), Chasing Vapor (2012), Exposure (2016)
“There are, in fact, twin guitars in American Mars, but not the kind you’d expect from a Motor City act. Instead, guitarist/vox Thomas Trimble muses darkly over cold hearts and a cold heartland while producer/pedal steel player David Feeny adds twinkling touches. “-The Austin Chronicle
“…atmospheric heartland roots rock that romps like Ryan Adams and ruminates like Joe Henry.” – Harp Magazine
“…Western Sides doesn’t aim to sound downbeat so much as honest about the long odds of life and love in the industrial Midwest, and the songs are built around hooks that manage the neat trick of creating a world of heartache that you can whistle along with in the car.” – All Music
“Western Sides is an explosion of a different kind of pent-up experience – that is, the everyday kind made up of the growth, death, boredom, discovery and everything else that falls between those low-key ecstasies and decay that make up an ordinary life.” – Detroit Metro Times
“A dynamic and studied work from Detroit-based American Mars with first rate songs from the band and exceptional production” – Freight Train Boogie
“American Mars, during the years between recordings, has become a leaner, more confusing, and profound rock & roll band by aiming for the lyrical places where only ghosts dare to whisper and the musical spaces where past, present, and future bleed into one another as the timelessness of one endless twilight sky.”-Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
“American Mars’ No City Fun is a pedal steel-laden, song-driven disc rich with gentle sadness, melodic acumen and knotty wordplay whose reference points fall somewhere between Yo La Tengo, Calexico and the Flying Burrito Brothers. In a just world, American Mars would be huge.-Brian Smith, Detroit Metro Times
“Living on the hard edge of Americana, drawing well-crafted emotional vignettes in chiaroscuro, looking at familiar things through the eyes of a stranger.”-Karen Koski, Billboard
“A sense of haunting floats throughout No City Fun, the second album for the revered Detroit ensemble. It’s a sort of unearthly heartland rock…just in time to call it one of the best albums of 2001.”-Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press