We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Western Sides

by American Mars

supported by
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $5 USD  or more


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    full-color digipak

    Includes unlimited streaming of Western Sides via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 1 day

      $5 USD


  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 7 American Mars releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Exposure, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve Can Kill You, Chasing Vapor, Western Sides, No City Fun, and Late. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $21.75 USD or more (25% OFF)


Who Here 04:24
Anna Marie 05:01
Westernside 04:48
Democracity 04:08
Make It Up 04:47
Marionette 03:57
Sunray 04:26
Fading Away 04:13


The initial sessions for Western Sides began in early 2004 after the last No City Fun shows and AM's appearance at South by Southwest in March of 2003. As with Late (1997) and No City Fun (2003), David took the helm for the Western Sides sessions at the Tempermill. Detroit drummer Charlie Koltak. who the band had long been a fan of, played drums on the sessions.

American Mars continued to play and record throughout 2004 and a 2005 release for the record seemed like a realizable goal. In March of 2005, however, bassist Garth Girard delivered the news that he had been diagnosed with cancer and with that all AM business came to a halt. Garth had successful surgery that April and began radiation and chemo later that spring. During that time David and Thomas put Team Mars together as a way of supporting Garth and his family. In reality, Team Mars was really just a way for the band to keep friends and fans up to date on Garth’s progress but it also gave them the idea for a team-relay fundraiser in Detroit’s annual marathon.

Garth was given a clean bill of health in early 2006 and AM started playing and recording again throughout that spring and summer. In early Fall, they convened at the Tempermill to record the album’s final tracks, “Better Angels” and “Make It Up” and then left David to pull together the final mixes. The record was mastered in January of 2007 by Sir Dewey Stern in Lancashire, England.


released February 15, 2008


all rights reserved



American Mars Detroit, Michigan

Playing an atmospheric brand of roots-influenced Americana, American Mars' emotional live shows have earned the band supporting slots with The National, The Avett Brothers, Elbow, and Richard Buckner. The band features singer/guitarist Thomas Trimble, pedal steel/guitarist David Feeny, and bassist Garth Girard. Their latest full-length album is Exposure (2016). ... more

contact / help

Contact American Mars

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Report this album or account

American Mars recommends:

If you like American Mars, you may also like: