Thanks to Kevin at fleetunion we got our hands on an advance copy of the new MARTHA record – yes, I know, freakin‘ exciting, BUT if you saw them live last year you got treated to some of the tunes as well (I am quite sure we got to hear into this in Kiel). So go see them live in April or at the BOOZE CRUISE Festival this year before you miss any more exciting stuff.
Back to the new record, so I sat down and tried to write something down to very single song. It’s not necessarily an exact description of the music you get to hear. Sometimes I tried that, sometimes it’s a thought or an idea that I got from listening and sometimes it’s just personal things and stories that might give you an expression of the song – anyway, enjoy …
heart is healing
First single plus first video from this record, so you should have heard this one already. It features the kind of country flavored guitar that was promised by MARTHA in the never released interview from 2018. Nice one!
sight for sore eyes
My personal favorite this one – sort of a most welcome flash back to the courting strong album with the tempo picking up and then the many voices singing – perfect. Country? I don’t know …
Third single? I think so … The beginning of this song sounds like a choir in a big stadium – are they going into arena rock territory? Naomi taking main vocal duties on this one and sounding different from the blisters and courting albums – sort of like more fragile and more confident at the same time if that makes any sense. Nice ooo’s as background vocals and then the absolutely massive chorus sets in. I can picture the terraces at Sunderland singing this to taunt the opposing teams fans … or to complain to their own.
Best song title of the album without a doubt – fast, tempo, nice breaks a lots of oooo’s again. Country? Not on this one – guitars go into full solo mode and the bass is particularly nice so the only question remaining goes back to the title – video game or the real wrestlemania? Name checking Rowdy Roddy Piper gives this one extra points in my book.
mini was a pre-teen arsonist
I am not quite sure what this song is about. Yes, I get the general drift: pre-teen rebel. Locked up for being different, but why Mini? And is this story real or made up? Features once again vocal harmonies to die for – how do they do it? Country? I think I can hear a slide guitar in the back and is that a bottle neck? There is also an acoustic guitar which makes me think this one might actually morph ONSIND and MARTHA.
love keeps kicking
Second single and you should already be singing this one under your breath. Another acoustic guitar, oooo’s as well, but somehow this one is not my favorite one – a little too sweet, a little slow … funny video though.
brutalism by the river (arrhythmia)
Nathan finally singing, uptempo and definitely no country in sight. Brutalism? Wasn’t there a MARTHA shirt with a brutalism theme? First time I heard of the shirt coming before the song – nice one. Where’s Maple Avenue? Second part features … a keyboard? Oh noooo … but then the oh, oh, oh’s fit together perfectly with the background singing and I don’t care about the keyboard anymore … which turns out to be an organ in the end – phew, close one.
Nathan going at it again, slow start and then the vocal harmonies set in and I’m totally sold. Bitter sweet lyrics to top it off – JOHN K. SAMSON would be proud of them telling a whole novel in just a few lines. Country? Sort of a little …
Fourth single and as far as I can see everybody seems to love this one. And besides the lyrical content (sci-fi mini epic about the impending doom) the music is exceptionally good: fast intro, minor chords (at least some), the guitar line is a little rougher, all a little darker than usual – sort of a darker 80’ies indie song, if you know what I mean. Naomi and JC (I think) singing together in a fascinating way, oooo’s again and no country on this one – another perfect one.
Lucy shone a light on you
Feedback as an intro … but then it’s not a feedback drenched 90’ies indie-song that follows (as I expected) but … start and stop guitars and I am reminded of the more rockish song from the blisters album. Country? Nope.
the only letter that you kept
Balladesque beginning, some guitars added, no drums (keyboards this time around?) – Naomi’s singing is juxtaposed with vocals in a very low key in the second half of the song and these vocals get louder as the song progresses and the music fades – very gripping effect … oh yeah, it’s the organ again …
I score this album 10:1 – another sure shot for these four sweet hearts. I have to admit I got very little of the lyrics but I am sure they are another plus. Love keeps kicking is different from the other two albums in all the right ways – everyone seems to add new things and new ideas while the songs and the record stay a MARTHA album – brilliant!
07.04. BEL – Antwerpen, Trix
08.04. GER – Bochum, Rotunde
09.04. GER – Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
10.04. GER – Köln, Sonic Ballroom
11.04. GER – Jena, Kassablanca
12.04. CZ – Prag, klub 007 Strahov
13.04. GER – Regensburg, Heimspiel Festival / Alte Mälzerei
14.04. FRA – Lille, CCL
09.06 GER – Hamburg, Booze Cruise Festival