All the way back in 2002, three Swedish high-schoolers were enjoying their exchange year in Colorado, USA…. Living the Rocky Mountain high and jamming the weekends away… They even realized every budding rock band’s dream: they were signed by a label and recorded a debut EP! But alas, the fairy tale ending that seemed apparent crumbled before their youthful eyes.
Märvel recount what happened their own words:
You know the story… and if you don’t, here it comes! Marvel formed in 2002 when three guys from Åtvidaberg enjoyed rocking and rolling more than studying during their high school exchange year in Colorado — but have you ever heard the songs from our debut EP? No! Not until today you haven’t! We got picked up by the US indie label New York Powerhitters and recorded ‘Marvellous’ in the U.S. Before the release of the 4-track EP, we parted ways with the label and moved back to Sweden. The label promised that copies would be sent to us and that we also would get the master tapes. That never happened and we never heard from the label again. For years we tried to get a hold of the tapes to be able to re-release the songs or at least get a listening copy. Sadly, after being acquired and moved multiple times by different labels (and according to hearsay) the tapes were destroyed in the Universal Studios fire in 2008.
Even though we re-recorded “A Taste of Platinum” for our debut album Five Smell City in 2005, we’ve always felt that it was a shame that people never got to hear the songs that kicked off our career. So to celebrate our roots we’ve re-recorded all of the songs! We haven’t tried to make it sound like the originals; instead, we wanted to play, produce and record the songs as well as we possibly could. It was Marvellous — now it’s Märvellous — and we hope you löve it!
So maybe there is a fairy tale ending after all… After 17 exciting years of releasing albums and touring, Märvel have become a symbol in the modern Rock n Roll community, and their long tradition of writing hits while constantly developing their sound has enabled them to re-record an almost two-decade-old EP and make it sound as if it was written yesterday. Märvellous will officially be released January 24th, 2020 in 7″ and digital formats through The Sign Records.
- The King — guitars, vocals
- The Vicar — drums
- The Burgher — bass
Note from the band: “The Burgher is the third in a proud line of bass players (proceeded by Speedo and the Aviator). Members are not replaced – new ones are added! From gig no. 1, the identities of the members have been held secret. Their motives for hiding might be shady and doubtful but the message is clear – deliver rock to the masses!”
Read our review here.