Sparks has stated that one of the reasons behind their longevity is their “shared vision” that pop music “can still be done in a new way”.
The duo, which consists of brothers Ron and Russell Mel, formed in 1969 and have released 25 albums to date.
talking to Guardian, Russell explained that his decades-long career was harmonious. “Our roles do not overlap,” he said. “None of us want to do what the other is. It’s a big part of the conflict with other bands. Also, we have a vague vision, such as a cause or a mission, to promote that. Pop music can still be done in new ways. That shared approach is what really holds the bond together.”
Ron continued to add that he shared “an animosity towards a boring approach to something as sacred as pop music”. “It’s tempting to be hostile to the status quo,” he said, relating his attitude toward athletes to defeating rivals. “There’s that motivation for us versus them, even if you don’t know who ‘they’ are.
“It’s important because it means you’re always trying to throw something in people’s faces. You’re going to hear it, whether you’re interested or not.”
The band is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Edgar Wright and has also worked on a film starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Annette, which marked the opening of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. For the latter, he wrote the screenplay and music.
An accompanying album for Annette was released earlier this month, featuring the track ‘So May We Start’. The song features vocals by Cotillard, Driver and Simon Helberg.
Kicking off at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in February 2022, the Mal brothers will go on a North American tour next year, before going on performances in the US and Canada, concluding in Toronto in April.