Mardo is a band that likes to have fun. While other bands now-a-days are trying hard to mimic that characteristic 1970â€šÃ„Ã´s style garage rock sound, Mardo are that sound. Indeed, brothers Aron and Robbie Mardo embody the 1970â€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„Ã¬ in style, sound and attitude. But like the 70â€šÃ„Ã´s, Mardoâ€šÃ„Ã´s self titled release fluctuates between the good, catchy and most of all fun rock style, to the muddy, mundane and completely forgettable.Mardo start off the album in true 1970â€šÃ„Ã´s style; a cocaine induced thrill ride of a song in â€šÃ„ÃºAnyone But Meâ€šÃ„Ã¹ that is sure to be an instant crowd pleaser with its shout out loud lyrics like â€šÃ„ÃºYeah! Oh yeah!â€šÃ„Ã¹ But the â€šÃ„Ã²highâ€šÃ„Ã´ is quickly short-lived as the rest of the album slowly drifts off into 1970â€šÃ„Ã´s musical oblivion. The same â€šÃ„Ã²shoot-to-thrillâ€šÃ„Ã´ attitude comes out a little too diluted as the band never really recreates that same energy. Choppy guitar riffs blended with some lackluster effects donâ€šÃ„Ã´t quite hit as hard in â€šÃ„ÃºBig Mouth Shotgunâ€šÃ„Ã¹ neither does their somewhat bland cover of Huey Lewisâ€šÃ„Ã´ â€šÃ„ÃºI Want A New Drug.â€šÃ„Ã¹ What follows afterwards are songs that might as well be heard from any uninspiring 70â€šÃ„Ã´s bar band across the country.
Not that the effort is total miss. Indeed, thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s enough kickin’ energy within each song to keep the die hard fans happy, but it seems for the rest of us, thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s only the first song.