Arriving by time machine from the psychedelic era Maple Mars landed on the Los Angeles pop scene with a multi-colored bang! Fronted by ex-Double Naught Spies singer-songwriter Rick Hromadka, their psychedelic pop/rock debut album
"Welcome To Maple Mars" (Permanent Press Recordings) was recorded in guitarist Steve Bern's apartment. Industry mags such as Billboard, Album Network, Mojo, Hits Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and many online publications touted the album as one of the best indie pop-rock records of that year. As their journey progressed Maple Mars recorded three more albums borrowing stylings from bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, The Move, and the Beatles. Their fourth album "Galaxyland" released in March 2010 received massive college/internet radio play,
“Galaxyland is a psychedelic masterpiece and may be their most acclaimed album yet." - Twirl Radio
Drummer Ron Pak (Double Naught Spies), producer/guitarist Steve Berns, and bassist Joe Giddings are the travelers who, along with singer-songwriter guitarist Rick Hromadka, have taken their influences to new territories as shown in their video "Starting Over (Again)" which was directed by Mark Helfrich (Dandy Warhols). Their video "Transcendental Guidance", also from "Galaxyland" peaked at number #27 on Neil Young's "Living With War" website. The band has toured both coasts of the US, and in Europe. Maple Mars’ music has been featured in several TV shows including ER, Third Watch, Felicity, and Friday Night Lights. The band has also appeared on a variety of pop compilations from countries as diverse as Sweden, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, which has brought the band an international following.
Landing in Los Angles from New Haven, CT, Rick Hromadka first found a day job at Saban Entertainment penning songs for a variety of film and TV teen shows like Breaker High, Sweet Valley High, and the Power Rangers; also getting a track on the Power Rangers movie Turbo. Hromadka formed the power-trio group The Visionaries and released "Every Other Saturday" on Wrecking Ball Records. The band morphed into Double Naught Spies and was a fixture in LA with their heavy 70's rock influence and melodic vocal arrangements. Their 1999 release "The Shoephone Conspiracy" (Cherry Boy Records) with engineer/co-producer Richard Bosworth (Dramarama, Wondermints, The Knack) brought the band major notoriety; being added to a number of college radio playlists, and was re-released in Japan on Air Mail Recordings.
Rick Hromadka’s recent solo album Better Days, and side project band Ruby Free also received great reviews, with Better Days hitting #1 for 2020 Top Albums on the Absolute Power Pop website. Rick’s music has been used in film and television. Rick Hromadka is also a successful feature film sound supervisor and re-recording mixer, and has won three Emmys for sound.
Rick Hromadka - lead singer - songwriter, guitarist
Steve Berns - vocals, guitarist
Joe Giddings - Bassist
Ron Pak - vocals, drums
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