This is a different album, though – more mid-tempo catchier, and poppier (but less “pop punk” if you know what we mean) than their debut. In addition to the standard 3 piece instrumentation, Mean Jeans On Mars also features, at various times, acoustic guitar (!), keyboards (!), drum machines (!), empty Jaeger bottles (!) and boxes of macaroni (!) played as extra percussion. Oh and it also features the debut of new member Jr. Jeans on bass! (Howie Doodat is busy tearing up Portland in the Suicide Notes). This is a fantastic, exhilarating summertime pop album, so down a couple of jaegy bombs and get ready to moonwalk into the unknown with the Mean Jeans!
The Mean Jeans will be previewing some new songs from Mean Jeans on Mars on a tour of the north west….
Mean Jeans on tour!
Jan. 19 – Portland, OR – Angelo’s*
Jan. 20 – Seattle, WA – Rendezvous*
Jan. 21 – Vancouver, BC – Interurban Gallery*
Jan. 22 – Olympia, WA – Swamp House*
Jan. 23 – Oakland, CA – Eli’s Mile High Club*
Jan. 24 – San Francisco, CA – The Knockout*
PRAISE FOR MEAN JEANS:
“…comes over like the Ramones mixed with a pinch of Joan Jett’s classic “Bad Reputation” and makes you want to slam dance with its guitar riffs and rollicking drumbeats.” – Pitchfork
“Like good Ramones fans, Portland’s Mean Jeans want to get you sweaty in under two minutes, tell you they were born with beer in their hands, and then get out before things get boring. If they could play this song any faster, they certainly would.” – RCRD LBL
“‘I’m a no-brainer,’ the band sings on the appropriately titled ‘No Brainer.’ It’s true. With tunes this blistering, joyous, and awesome, I don’t have to think much about throwing on some Mean Jeans.” – Punknews.org
“Nobody this year has put out a record this much fun and I don’t think anyone is gonna top it in the next couple of months.” – Buddyhead
“It’s sorta like if Mad magazine came with a soundtrack or Alfred E. Newman started a band with Stir Crazy-era Gene Wilder and Joey Ramone. Stoooooooooopid with ten “o”s. And I love it, like I love pizza grease running down my arm, the twinge of unmistakable joy when a cube of Pabst is pulled from the supermarket cooler, and watching the opening credits to Blazing Saddles, knowing you’re going to be laughing and rockin’ at the same time for the next little bit of your life. Temporarily dissolve the gloom cloud of reality. Being this dumb and this catchy without being a joke? It’s way harder than it sounds. Direct hit, Mean Jeans.” – Razorcake
“Are You Serious? is 25 minutes of good old Ramones-worshiping punk rawk that’s as catchy as it is dumb. Which is to say very dumb! No deep thought, just sing-along good times” – All Music Guide