MARTHA Shares new video for “Precarious (Supermarket Song)”
Produced and directed by Ben Epstein and David Combs from Baby Pony Food Productions
New album Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart out now via Fortuna POP!
Watch video for “Precarious (Supermarket Song)”
North-East punks Martha have shared the latest video from their new album Blisters in the Pit of My Heart (out now on Fortuna POP!). The video for “Precarious (Supermarket Song)” was made in Washington DC by Ben Epstein and David Combs of Baby Pony Food Productions, as part of a transatlantic DIY punk cultural exchange and stars Ariana Stone and Liz Mazer as well as cameos from Radiator Hospital and The Max Levine Ensemble. As drummer Nathan Stephens-Griffin explains; “The video tells the story of a bourgeoning romance which begins in a supermarket but is interrupted almost immediately by a peculiar wardrobe mishap.” Read interview on Spark Mag for more info.
Hailing from Pity Me near Durham, Martha play energetic, impassioned power pop with intricate vocal interplay and lush four-part harmonies, informed by 90s indie rock and contemporary garage punk. The band is comprised of J. Cairns (guitar), Daniel Ellis (guitar), Naomi Griffin (bass), and Nathan Stephens Griffin (drums). All four members sing and write the songs. Daniel and Nathan also play in Onsind, while Naomi also plays in No Ditching. Their debut album Courting Strong came out in 2014 and was included in NPR’s top 50 albums of that year, winning them the epithet “One of Britain’s best rock bands”.
Taking inspiration from such likely and unlikely sources as The Replacements, Heart, Billy Bragg, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, The Go-Gos and Radiator Hospital, if the band’s first album, Courting Strong, was about punks growing up, then Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart is about grown-ups staying punk.
“It’s addictive, delirious and madcap, Martha turning anxiety into exuberance.” Uncut
“Winningly, their wit is matched by a thrilling, fizzing set of noisy, melodic songs that ought to inspire utter devition and soundtrack many, many summers of abandon and heartbreak… Martha have triumphed. Legends, as some say.”
Record Collector 4*s
“Fiercely literate, steadfastly principled, flatly northeastern when they sing and capable of dropping lines which are both funny and moving, this is a band which could mean an awful lot to an awful lot of people.” The Quietus
“A golden feel of upbeat punk.” The Independent
“‘Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart’ manages to highlight the fun, the passion and the adventure to be found in this ridiculous life we call punk; never succumbing to the mundane.” Upset 4*s
“It encapsulates the best of Martha, the way they can take you from sorrow to a sense of all-conquering possibility in barely two minutes[….]The world needs Martha, now more than ever.” Drowned in Sound 9/10
“Martha are the band who know political statements work best combined with frank, funny autobiographical details and sweet vocal harmonies; the band whose mastery of catchy, sincere guitar-pop is both impressively thorough and seemingly effortless.”- Soundblab 9/10