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Martha Announce New Album “Please Don’t Take Me Back” Out 28th October via Specialist Subject Records & Share New Single “Baby Does Your Heart Sink” feat. Ross Millard (The Futureheads)

August 21, 2022

Martha Announce New Album “Please Don’t Take Me Back”
Out 28th October via Specialist Subject Records

Share Single + Video ‘Baby Does Your Heart Sink’ feat. Ross Millard (The Futureheads)

Durham indiepop-punks Martha have announced their return, with their fourth album ‘Please Don’t Take Me Back’ out 28th October on Specialist Subject Records. Following on from the standalone single of the same name shared in May this year, now they release a brand new single and video featuring Ross Millard of the Futureheads – ‘Baby, Does Your Heart Sink’. The video sees the band auditioning to finally try and make some headway in the music industry. Unfortunately, they find the judges aren’t as interested as they might have hoped. Alongside Millard, the video features Michael McKnight of Frankie and the Heartstrings, Mehzeb Chowdhury and Elf Kingdon.
Talking about the new track, Martha said: “‘Baby, Does Your Heart Sink’ is just your classic break-up song, but one designed to be played at the disco at the end of the world. If there are multiple timelines, worlds, and universes out there, you’ve really got to wonder how things are going in the others, don’t you?”

Shot at Sunderland’s Pop Recs, the band have dedicated the video to the community music venue’s co-founder Dave Harper who sadly passed away last year. The video was directed by Martha’s drummer, Nathan Stephens-Griffin, who added: “this was the first time we’d all been together as a band for a while, and it was a really fun day. Pop Recs is a brilliant thing, and we want to support as much as possible – everyone should visit when they get a chance. We’ll be doing our Northeast album launch on that very same stage in early December and we can’t wait. Hopefully the people watching are more into it on the night though! It was also extremely cool to get to direct a video featuring a Futurehead and a Heartstring!”

Pelting straight into their colossal creation, this fierce tempo moves the formation along its complex journey. Joined by the intense instrumentation, smashing cymbal crashes, buoyant bass notes, and hurtling towards the slamming guitar rhythm which ultimately slays across the atmosphere. Martha delivers their best.

Martha packs their latest ensemble with the most impressive addictive qualities and plentiful hooks. From the melodic vocal movement and the infectious, repetitive lyrics which will have you chanting back from the first listen, to the blazing energy that each musician puts into this release.

Martha continues to progress and their workmanship is flawless, together this outfit creates lasting releases destined to move you any which way possible. Martha are back when we all need them, yet again another triumphant and essential composition. A true Martha classic.

While their previous record – 2019’s Love Keeps Kicking – saw them remaining defiant in a world that seemed to be breaking apart, new album Please Don’t Take Me Back explores the scattered fragments of what followed and tries to make sense of how we navigate the smoking remains. The record also sees Martha joining forces with Bristol-based Specialist Subject Records for the first time since their split 7” with Radiator Hospital back in 2015.
First formed in the small village of Pity Me, Durham, in 2011, Martha released their debut EP the following year on guitarist Jonathan Cairns’ DIY label, Discount Horse. Tours on both sides of the Atlantic soon followed, along with two albums for the UK’s much missed indie pop stable Fortuna Pop: 2014’s Courting Strong (also released in the United States by Salinas Records) and 2016’s sophomore effort Blisters In The Pit of My Heart (via Dirtnap Records in the US). In the meantime, the band became figureheads for the UK’s DIY pop scene by balancing their obvious talents with a clear set of ethics – anti-capitalist, first and foremost – and an open-hearted warmth that’s often absent from the foreground of punk rock.
Please Don’t Take Me Back is a fine addition to Martha’s discography; their most life-affirming yet and a welcome ripple of light at a time when it’s often difficult to see past the darkness. Listen and love: the beat perpetual drives on.

Nov 18- Nottingham- Metronome
Nov 19- London- EartH
Nov 20- Manchester – Rebellion
Nov 26- Bristol – The Exchange
Nov 27- Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 2- Sunderland – POP Recs
Dec 3- Glasgow – Mono


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