2011 debut from this Indie Rock outfit featuring the ever-prolific Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) and Gary Waleik (Big Dipper). The 11 tracks Pollard and Waleik beamed down to our humble blue planet for Mars Classroom's LP range from the irrepressibly hooky, guitar driven 'New Theory' to the trippy moodiness of 'Paint the Rocks' and the Brit-chime riffing and dirty-sweet harmonies of 'It Had to Come from Somewhere.' the last track, an achingly languorous and slow-burning masterpiece called 'Wish You Were Young,' features Pollard's uncanny ability to put words together that can break your heart without plying a single sentimental cliché. The Hindi name for Mars comes from the Sanskrit word mangalam, meaning auspicious. It's clear that this music from a distant planet came together under a very good sign.