martha The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues / Fix My Brain (coloured vinyl 7", £5.50) due 24-11-2017label: Fortuna Pop
The North-East’s favourite DIY punks Martha return with a new single via zombie label Fortuna POP!’s singles club, the very last to be released on the label. A-side “The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues” previously featured on the compilation “It Came From Plan-It-X” while B-side “Fix My Brain” is exclusive to this release. Having been battered by the cruelty of this Tory Government, "The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues" is a reminder that in spite of it all, we have love on our side. It's bittersweet; it's about the horrors of austerity and desperation but finding power in the tiny acts of resistance - whether it’s being in love or simply putting the heating on. The B-side is Martha's take on The Marked Men's "Fix My Brain" - one of the bands that started it all for Martha. Martha's version of their Dirtnap label mates' tune is a back to basics punk ripper, delivered with Martha's harmonious Northern charm. Both tracks were recorded at home in Durham with Jesus & His Judgemental Father's Danny Gibbins back in 2014. 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 Scandinavian furniture. The band is comprised of J. Cairns (guitar), Daniel Ellis (guitar), Naomi Stephens (bass), and Nathan Stephens-Griffin (drums). All four members sing and write the songs. 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” from Drowned in Sound. Their second album Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart was released in July 2016 to a similarly rapturous response, with the band playing End Of The Road Festival and Glastonbury at the personal invitation of Billy Bragg the same year. Following an emotional sold out headline set at the Scala as part of Fortuna POP!’s farewell celebrations in March of 2017 the band are currently working on new material. Limited Edition Coloured Eco Vinyl 7” (300 copies).