Marvel Prone - now that’s a band name. The band from New Hampshire were high school seniors when they got their song “Nocturnal Life” on the radio. They are young guys. The thing about high school bands is that they usually suck pretty badly. They have no idea how to make an original style and usually can’t even play their instruments very well. The band's album Moonlightning is proof the young guys in high school can make good music. This is good music for any age range but considering how young they are they really have their shit together.
The music feels light and fun. You get the feeling the guys had a lot of fun making this album. They start with “DAVE, the Supermoon!” which has shades of bands like Vampire Weekend and The Beach Boys. It starts off with some nifty vocal harmonies and goes into an exceptional ’70s style instrumental section. Great start.
There is probably a reason “Nocturnal Life” was on the radio. The song is extremely catchy. Kudos to every member of the band on this song. It’s just a really well written song that’s easy to enjoy because of the playful vibe. On the chorus the vocalist sings, “O the night life! is making me feel so alive but sometimes, I got to see that light.”
They continue to impress with“Beauty Blazing Fury.” The distorted guitar is prominent in this song and the hooks are still there. I thought the vocalist really brought this song alive. A good amount of emotion with a palatable voice.
“Pufferbelly” is a distorted surf song for the most part. The lyrics are silly and pretty fantastic. He sings, “Puff-puff-PUFFERBELLY turn to jelly we can go zoom zoom ZOOM!” They close strong with the slower title track.
Marvel Prone are an anomaly. They have a natural chemistry and understanding of composition that you don’t find in high school bands. Best of luck guys.
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