MÄRVEL consists of the three super heroes Vocalo, Animalizer and The Ambassador. From their headquarters, located in Brooklyn, NYC, they struggle hard to put an end to organized crime and the evil organization SACO led by Dr Spats. On stage though they appear in the shape of the King, the Vicar and the Aviator. And on rare special occasions as Luigi, Mario and the Princess.
Behind this power trio... [More] we find three young guys from Linköping, Sweden; John Steen, Ulrik Bostedt and Tony Samuelsson who founded the band Marvel during their high school exchange year in Colorado, USA., 2002.
After three celebrated vinyl singles ("Marvellous", New York Power Hitters, 2002; "Heroine Tracks", New York Power Hitters/Black JuJu/Evergreen Terrace, 2003; "Bedlam At The Embassy", Black JuJu, 2004) MARVEL released their album Five Smell City early summer 2005 also on Black JuJu. And following up the kind reviews they released their CD EP "Unleashed" in february 2006.
"Five Smell City" shows off the high energy rock ?n' roll that has already become Marvel's trademark. Guided by bands such as Kiss and The Stooges, this young bunch of untamed riff masters with a genuine feel for the groove have already managed to manifest their world domination program. Marvel carelessly avoids all rock clichés known to man so you won't find any songs about cars, beer and babes. Instead you'll get to know super heroes with broken hearts, a weather goddess and how small town madness influences the success of a young hungry rock band stuck in a city of five smells. And of course a song about a Swedish tennis star that has had problems finding a decent occupation since he put his racket to rest.
On "UNLEASHED" Marvel have devoted themself to render six brilliant yet wildly diverse songs by other artists (aka covers) into their trademark style of rock 'n roll.
Apparently the biggest radio network in Sweden like these superheroes too since no less than three songs from the debute album have been playlisted so far. "Now I Believe It" was the latest one during late summer 2005. "Now I Believe It" was also noticed by the Swedish TV-show Musikbyrån which is the one show with most influence and "strength" in Sweden. They showed MARVELs "Now I Believe It"-video on their website during a three week period.
The trio left Keith, their previous manager, in the end of a long and moderately warm summer 2005 due to strange and abnormal eating habits and they turned to Papa Bear at HOMBRE Productions Inc. for spiritual guidance and Tattoo Powers and Original Outlaw Advertising. The rest my friends is history. Less than a day after the release of UNLEASHED!, the web version (P3 Rock) of P3 aired the first track from it and kept doing so. The radioshow Rundgång also at the same time celebrated the band as "the pride of Östgötaslätten". Not bad. Our heroes spend their days playing videogames and helping old ladies across the street awaiting world domination and a lifelong quest of fighting evil and the henchmen that follows in the shadows. And once in a while they drop what they do to enter the recording studio, sometimes naked, to get the work done.
The video for "I Wanna Know You (just a little bit better)" has been showing itself regularly on MTV (the videoshoot got a lot of attention in media due to crazed wrestlers, carcrash and a sudden visit from the local firebrigade) and the single "Thunderblood Heart" is right now on rotation on national Swedish radio P3. The new latest album "Thunderblood Heart" was released digitally the 29:th of October 2007 and the physical release in Sweden took place the 29:th of November. The album was released in Germany and the rest of the world the 29:th of February 2008, just in time for MÄRVEL's tour in Germany and surrounding countries that goes on between the 6:th and 23:rd of March that year.
To promote their tour in Germany in August 2009 they released the single and video for "A Pyrrhic Victory" and that tour was also caught on film that you can see below. The single was release on iTunes, Spotify etcetera of course but we also made a one sided signed vinyl single of it i a limited edition of 300 copies.
May 20:th 2010 the first single, "Beaten Path", from the forthcoming album was released. And right now MÄRVEL are working on their third album that will be released early spring 2011.Possibly on cassette. A mixtape. With a lot of German schlager.