Alt-rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars bring the bombast

Jared Leto’s a great actor, and as frontman for Thirty Seconds to Mars, he seems to be in character, playing the role of messianic rock god even if the band doesn’t quite have the tunes to back up the designation.

They do display a lust for bombast and grandiosity, their swelling, huge-sounding alt-rock soap operas out-hamming the likes of U2 and Coldplay, even.

Yeah, it’s haughty and practically exploding with self-importance.

But, to the band’s credit, it all seems less like an affectation than an earnest desire to be the biggest, most consequential band from here to their planetary namesake.

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at or 702-383-0476. Follow on Twitter @JasonBracelin.

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