Smoking Martha is about to rock you
WORDS BY ASHLEE SIMPSON
Smoking Martha releases new album “Universe” and soulfully captures Australian hard rock listeners.
With a varied mix of rock, the steaming vocals of singer Tasha D and the captivating instrumental hooks of the group, Smoking Martha’s Universe is about to rock you.
Brisbane rock band Smoking Martha just released their high-energy second album Universe. The album comes after two shoulder surgeries, their biggest UK tour and a pandemic, where the music portfolio is as tough as the band’s hard nation’s heritage, yet brimming with soul and passion. sincere.
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With Mick Broome on grungy and energetic guitar, Matty Mulheran on imperative and determined bass, Jordy Poynter on chaotically rock drums and Tasha D on the hypnotic and smoldering voice; Smoking Martha has created the punchy rhythms and mind-blowing tunes from their debut EP in 2014, right through to their debut album. In depth in 2017.
Since then, a clear musical maturity has developed, where the group has developed a dedicated cult and burned through prestigious music halls across Australia, New Zealand and the UK; in addition to performing live alongside well-known big names such as Wolfmother, Sisters of Mercy and DZ Deathrays, to name a few.
Smoking Martha is described for crafting music that has the intensity of burning your best shirt, but with the discretion to spare your eyebrows, and that clear rock vibe is visible everywhere. Universe and the eclectic rock / western / folk / blues contained in the album.
Universe opens with ‘Good Girls’, one of two singles to be released from the album, and gradually introduces the listener to the story the album is to tell with an almost primitive and fashionable drum line rock, with a metal guitar rhythm so repetitive that the melancholy atmosphere of the piece leaves an immediate impression on the listener; an appropriate introduction to the following eleven pieces. Likewise, “Only Love” thrills the listener to the rhythm of rocky rhythms, with solo guitar riffs maintaining this space.
In striking comparison, ‘I Tried’ has a rather smooth introduction that offers a break from the heavy rock atmosphere of each surrounding song. Tasha D sings “I lost, I lost my mind”, working in tandem with drums that mimic the chaotic meaning of the lyrics.
This eclectic variation of the music is evoked in the same way in “Wonderful Happiness” and “Intermission” in particular. Appropriately named as it is central to the tracklist and album story, the smooth, relaxed rhythm of the guitar and sultry vocals work together in a sort of blues ballad to create a melancholy atmosphere and dark and remind the listener that the lyrics of each song are of the utmost importance. “Oh baby, I’m no good” fades away and a last guitar rhythm leaves the listener in the deadly silences of provoked thought.
We then see songs like “Liquid Sunshine” (the second single from the album), “Neon Lights”, “Ghost” and later “In The Shadows” which perfectly sums up the album’s intention to be a diverse portfolio of music that is tactile and overflowing with soul and heartfelt passion, with the talent of instrumentalisation shining through the relentless rock atmosphere present.
“It’s A Lie” uses a distant, almost Western guitar introduction and subtle biblical reference in the lyrics to further emphasize the emotion and wit of the lyrics in tandem with the instrumentalization, where the vocals deep into the listener ; in the same way present in ‘Wild and Free’, where a rhythm without restrictions or borders is “wild and free” in itself.
Finally, the track titled “Universe” uses a gentle introduction to somewhat cosmically remind the listener that the collection as a whole seeks to satisfy rock lovers, but also eclectically speaking on a dimensional level.
“Universe” is the album’s conclusion and allows listeners to recall the hard-rock vibe of Smoking Martha’s overall sound, using a simple and hypnotic acoustic guitar and a calm, vocal line. dark echoing “blue eyes set me free”; a fitting conclusion to allow listeners to relax from the album and consider the powerful intention of Universe.
You can listen Universe now, and to learn more about Smoking Martha, visit here.