Mick Mars has shared the new song “Right Side of Wrong,” the second single from his upcoming debut solo album The Other Side of Mars (arriving February 23rd).
The track is a worthy follow-up the powerful “Loyal to the Lie,” the previous single that launched the campaign for Mars’ first solo LP. Here, the former Mötley Crüe axeman once again dabbles in a surging alternative-metal/post-grunge sound that backs up pointed lyrics — possibly Mars releasing some angst over how things went down with the Crüe.
If that interpretation of the lyrics is on a more personal/micro level, Mars’ press release for the song also offers a macro perspective: “The song explores the oxymoron of two individual minds viewing their position as the right one. While in reality it is simply personal perspective — a present theme in interpersonal relationships we all navigate and more broadly the catalyst of many conflicts on a global societal basis.”
The album was produced by Michael Wagener, who was the engineer on Mötley Crüe’s 1981 debut Too Fast for Love. Mars co-wrote most of the songs with keyboardist Paul Taylor (Alice Cooper, Winger), and the rest of the musicians include Jacob Bunton (who sings lead on “Right Side of Wrong” and most of the album tracks), Brion Gamboa (lead vocals on two of the LP’s songs), Korn drummer Ray Luzier, and bassist Chris Collier.
“People are going to hear my tone — my sound. I am what I am,” Mars stated in the initial press release for the album. “Nobody else can do it. And like everyone, I’ve got a limited number of years. So, I’m gonna do all I can to do a lot of stuff.”
You can pre-order The Other Side of Mars on vinyl here. Stream “Right Side of Wrong” below.