Were an American, New York City-based no wave experimental noise rock band, formed in 1975 when China Burg and artist Nancy Arlen brought Mark Cunningham and vocalist Sumner Crane together to talk about music. They were joined briefly by guitarist Rudolph Grey. The band played one live gig under the name China before changing it to Mars. They played a mixture of angular compositions and freeform noise music jams, featuring surrealist lyrics and non-standard drumming. All the members were said to be completely untrained in music before forming the band.