Brittany Sheets, creator of the Mars Argo character
Brittany Alexandria Sheets
|Genre||Music, Internet culture, satire|
|Total views||20+ million|
(December 18, 2019)
Brittany Alexandria Sheets, known professionally as Mars Argo, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, photographer, and Internet personality. She is prominently known for her portrayal of fictionalized stage personas of herself on YouTube.
Mars Argo released their debut album, Technology Is a Dead Bird, in November 6, 2009. In a 2013 Vice article the band stated that they were working on their own TV show, but this was later abandoned.
Besides releasing music, she self produced, wrote, and directed content for her YouTube channel, once co-operated by her former partner Titanic Sinclair. The channel's content was often satirical, revolving around society and Internet culture. However, after the duo broke up, all but three videos were removed from the channel. The only videos that still remain on her Grocerybagdottv channel to this day are "Using You", "Runaway Runaway" and "Delete Your Facebook".
The band took a hiatus in 2015, subsequently breaking up afterward. In 2018, Sheets filed a lawsuit against Sinclair and his collaborator at the time, Poppy. The lawsuit, which was settled out of court, alleged abuse by Sinclair and her artistic identity being stolen.
Brittany Alexandria Sheets was born in Michigan. Growing up, she played piano and sang in her church choir. She has stated that her mother never allowed her to play videogames as a child, believing that they were a distraction from her studies. Before launching the YouTube project grocerybagdottv, Sheets attended university, majoring in biology.
2009-2011: Career beginnings, Technology Is a Dead Bird, and Computer Show
After meeting Corey Mixter (P.K.A. Titanic Sinclair) on Myspace, Sheets and Mixter formed the alternative pop band Mars Argo. They also co-operated a YouTube channel under the title Grocerybagdottv, where they uploaded music-related content and a series of social commentary videos, dubbed Computer Show. Their most popular non-music video is a 2014 episode of this series, titled "Delete Your Facebook," mocking social media usage and the website of the same name. The music video for "Using You", the most well known single from the project, already counts more than 16 million views on the channel.
The band released their debut album, Technology Is a Dead Bird, on November 6, 2009. It was followed up with an acoustic EP, Internet Sessions, in 2010, and another EP, Linden Place, in 2011. They began working on an eventually scrapped second album with Chicago-based producer, Johnny K, soon after Technology Is a Dead Bird was released.
2015-2019: Personal struggles and hiatus
The couple moved to Los Angeles in 2012, where they filmed and released the remainder of the YouTube channel's uploads throughout 2014, followed by the romantic separation of Sheets and Mixter. The band continued to perform during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, before going on a hiatus and eventually breaking up. Subsequently, this also led to Sheets falling off of the Internet from 2015 to 2018.
2020: Dinner in America and future projects
Sheets portrayed Sissy in the Adam Rehmeier written and directed feature length coming of age drama film Dinner in America alongside Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Pat Healy, Griffin Gluck, Lea Thompson, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. The film was filmed in Detroit, Michigan and was selected to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Lawsuit against Sinclair and Poppy
On April 17, 2018, Sheets filed a 44-page lawsuit against Corey Mixter (Titanic Sinclair) and his collaborator Moriah Pereira (P.K.A. Poppy) alleging copyright infringement, stalking, and emotional and physical abuse by Mixter during and after their breakup, and the subsequent abandonment of the Mars Argo project. That same day, Argo posted a message on her social media pages addressing the lawsuit, thanking her fans for their support and confirming new music to come. On May 7, Poppy made a public statement about the "frivolous" lawsuit, stating that Argo was attempting to manipulate her psychologically. She called the suit a "publicity campaign" and a "desperate grab for fame".
Poppy later retracted her accusations towards Argo following her public split from Sinclair in December 2019, and alleged that she was a victim of the same psychological abuse he had inflicted on Argo.
|Technology Is a Dead Bird||
|"Love in Black and White"||2011||Linden Place|
|"Pls Don't Forget Me"||2012||Non-album single|
|"Runaway Runaway"||Mars Argo|
|"Using You"||2014||Non-album single[a]|
|"Limousine Machine"||2012||Titanic Sinclair||Thick Jello|
|"Tired Today"||2009||Titanic Sinclair|||
|"The Singularity is Near"|||
|"Monsters Under My Bed"|||
|"Mrs. Stadler"||2010||Matthew Franklin, Tony Katai|||
|"Love in Black and White"||2011|||
|"Beauty is Empty"||2012||Titanic Sinclair|||
|"Runaway Runaway"||2013||Tony Katai|||
|"Using You"||2014||Ryan Wehner|||
|2020||Dinner in America||Sissy||Feature|
- "Using You" was originally featured on the EP Linden Place, where the production was handled by Sinclair. A remastered version of the song was released in 2014 as a single, this time being produced by Johnny K.