Martha are a rock band from Pity Me, a village in County Durham in the North East of England. After singles on their own Discount Horse label and Odd Box Records, their debut album Courting Strong, was released on Fortuna Pop! and Salinas Records in 2014. As of 2019 they have released three full-length albums on cult UK and US based independent record labels.
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They have described themselves as queer, straight edge, vegan and anarchist. They have no designated frontperson and all contribute vocals. Two members of Martha previously founded (and still play in) the band ONSIND, and another leads the band No Ditching.
They have variously cited The Housemartins, Motown, Billy Bragg, The Thermals, Ted Leo, power pop, The Replacements, Heart, The Marked Men, Big Star, Masshysteri, and The Exploding Hearts as influences.
Martha formed in the village of Pity Me, a suburb of Durham in the North East of England. Formed by J.C. Cairns (guitar/vocals), Daniel Ellis (guitar/vocals), Naomi Griffin (bass/vocals), and Nathan Stephens-Griffin (drums/vocals) in the early 2010s, they released their self-titled debut EP in February 2012.
A year later they released the "Sycamore"/"Lost Without You" single on their own Discount Horse label. The band played Indietracks festival for the first time in 2013. After releasing a split single with American artist Spoonboy (David Combs of The Max Levine Ensemble) Martha headed to the studio with MJ of Hookworms to record their first album.
Courting Strong was released by Fortuna Pop! in the U.K. and Salinas Records in the U.S. They followed it with more split singles with American bands Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and Radiator Hospital, a repeat visit to Indietracks and an appearance at Glastonbury Festival.
On 13 December 2018 the band released single "Heart Is Healing"; announcing they had signed to Big Scary Monsters in the UK and EU and had a new album following soon. On 28 January 2019 the band unveiled title track "Love Keeps Kicking" as a single. The video for which was the second directed for the band by friends Ben Epstein and David Combs of The Max Levine Ensemble. The band's third album, Love Keeps Kicking, was released on 5 April 2019.
- Courting Strong – Fortuna Pop! (UK) / Salinas (US), 12" LP, CD, MP3 (2014)
- Blisters in the Pit of My Heart – Fortuna Pop! (UK) / Dirtnap (US), 12" LP, CD, MP3 (2016)
- Love Keeps Kicking – Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU) / Dirtnap (US), 12" LP, CD, MP3 (2019)
- Martha EP – Discount Horse/Win Htein/Odd Box, Cassette, MP3 (2012) and Tuff Enuff reissue, 7", MP3 (2015)
- "Sycamore"/"Lost Without You" – Discount Horse, 7", MP3 (2013)
- "The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues"/"Fix My Brain" (The Marked Men cover) - Fortuna Pop!, 7", MP3 (2017)
- "Heart is Healing" – Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU) / Dirtnap (US), MP3 (2018)
- "Love Keeps Kicking" – Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU) / Dirtnap (US), MP3 (2019)
- "Into This" – Big Scary Monsters (UK/EU) / Dirtnap (US), MP3 (2019)
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- "Joyce Manor and Martha are touring the UK and Ireland together!". DIY. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Chris Gethard [@ChrisGethard] (17 April 2018). "Yo La Tengo can't do The @GethardShow tonight. Luckily DIY heroes @MarthaDIY are scrambling up from Washington DC to play our show on last minute notice. They're saving our asses. AND their album is one of my favorites. Good, kind, talented people I'm excited for you to hear" (Tweet). Retrieved 24 April 2018 – via Twitter.
- Murray, Robin (13 December 2018). "Listen: Martha - 'Heart Is Healing'". Clash. Retrieved 28 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Rettig, James (28 January 2019). "Martha – "Love Keeps Kicking"". Stereogum. Retrieved 28 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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