To Infinity And Beyond

The band 30 Seconds to Mars is out with new single "Up in the Air", and the single literally skyrocketed into the record books.

Jared Leto from 30STM

Donald Moffat in the 1983 film The Right Stuff had a line that went like this: "Whoever controls the high ground of space, controls the world."

Well, ladies and gentlemen, prepare for a takeover.

The guys from 30 Seconds to Mars (30STM) released their single from outer space. Why? Who cares?! They have my vote for being out of this world. I mean, how many bands you know have done that?

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The single debuted at midnight Greenwich Mean Time on March 19. It was carried along with a SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station. Can you believe the first person to play it was an astronaut?

ABC reports that the band was present to watch the rocket take their precious cargo into space — and a conversation between frontman Jared Leto and astronaut Tom Marshburn will be posted on both NASA and 30STM's websites.

Talk about breaking barriers and thinking differently, sheesh. The explosion caused from the combined innovative idea and the band's undeniable energy must have made our sun jealous.

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The single itself is outrageous. It combines romantic piano riffs, electro drops, and the band's staple rock foundation. I consider it so appropriate that the single was sent into space, because as it plays, it's like you've blasted off straight into a black hole. But don't you worry, you want to be lost.

It's a melting pot of emotion and sounds. It will disarm you with its lovestruck lyrics — a characteristic I wouldn't automatically attribute to this band. Fans have given this track mixed reviews, perhaps because it's not a typical sound for the them — but this is a change I could get used to.

This is a track off of "Love Lust Faith + Dreams" — their fourth studio album. Keep your eyes peeled for this it on May 21 (in case it appears as a UFO)!

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Comments on "Music review: 30 Seconds to Mars "Up in the Air""

Nessa April 30, 2013 | 11:22 PM

The MARS lads have certainly not lost their epic touch, at all. Cant wait for LLFD. Bring it oooooonnnnnn! :D

Vicky April 21, 2013 | 9:21 AM

I love all their music, who care sabout te hchange, they're still brilliant! The lyrics to this song is just beautiful! For the one who mentioned violence, Jared actually voiced in an interview that it's a very ual song. Wrapping your hands around someones neck CAN be done in a moment of love.

BB in CA April 11, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Evidently some judgmental, boring lovers don't understand that you can put your hands around your lover's neck with love and not choke them! I love this song & love Jared Leto's voice. No way Jared is into violence. Jared wouldn't hurt a ... spider!

KOWands March 28, 2013 | 5:18 PM

They didn't change their sound a 'little', they have changed from guitars, bass, drums and voice to synths and electronic music, with a bit of drums. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I really think this a move in the wrong direction, very similar to Linkin Park. There is a difference between evolving your sound and completely changing it, I partially gave up on 30STM when they released This is War, I expected something brilliant like A Beautiful Lie; I ended up with some good 'back to roots' style music and some electronic almost overproduced music. By then, I already realised that they were in transition. However, I have to say that since the album hasn't been released yet, I can't fully judge 30stm.

MTEE March 27, 2013 | 5:38 AM

Up in the Air is a great song, I don't know why are people freaking out over Mars changing their sound a little. They did say that this whole album is going to be a totally different experience for them and the Echelon. The funny thing is that when bands don't change they become 'boring' when they do, they become 'mainstream'. Embrace change, it's imminent.

aqualech March 26, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Uh...the dude is into violence against women, in my opinion. Watch Hurricane again and listen to the lyrics here about choking. Other than that, it sounds like formulaic pop pieced together by a committee of studio techs on behalf of the record label rather than something TSTM might or could have played. Just synth pop.

JT March 26, 2013 | 9:44 AM

This song is the total opposite of what the band once was, I don't know what 'rock foundation' you hear but you need your hearing checked, or you don't know what the band once was.

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