Martha are surely Pity Me's most potent pop-punk band who through a lot of touring have built themselves a rather large and rabid fanbase. Courting Strong was their debut album and comes across as if Weezer were a bunch of excitable northern vegans who liked nothing better than to write energetic tunes about love gone askew and their dislike for right-leaning politics. 

Vinyl LP £12.49 FPOP172LP

White vinyl LP on Fortuna POP!.

  • Includes download code
This item needs to be ordered in from a supplier. Currently ships in 5-7 days but delays are possible.

CD £9.99 FPOP172CD

CD on Fortuna POP!.

This item needs to be ordered in from a supplier. Currently ships in 5-7 days but delays are possible.

REVIEWS

Courting Strong by Martha
1 review. Write a review for us »
6/10 ReviewBot3000 22 May 2014
Bit of lively and highly melodic indie pop here from Martha, a band not a person. It's on FortunaPOP! and it's produced by Hookworms wunderkind MJ so my expectations are high. It's fast-paced and has a chunky late '90s power pop sound to the guitars. The songs are all quite wordy with boldly delivered boy/girl vocals delivered in a thick north eastern accent.   It's reminding me quite a lot of the first Arctic Monkeys album in places but mixed with a buzzy, jangly kind of C86 gallop with a Johnny Foreigner-ish naive urgency. They remind me of that certain brand of pop-punk-inflected indie rock from the '90s that was made by bands with one-word names like Gravel and Midget and Gel. I'm slightly underwhelmed, whelmed at best, stuff this tuneful and vocal-heavy and earnest can irritate me a little. I can't deny it's punchy and tuneful stuff and closer 'So Sad (So Sad)' has a cool Weezer-inspired ending that was worth saving for the grand finale, but I'm struggling to connect with this record.   Am I just getting too old for this kind of thing? The kids will love it. If you're a kid and you love it, don't listen to me, I'm just a grumpy old fart.



YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS


PRESS RELEASE

What the artist or label has to say for themselves. Read more.


EMAIL ALERTS

Your email address will not be abused or shared.