Brand new single ‘Saint Cecilia’ breaks the band’s silence after a quiet 2018 and what a return it is: a track jammed to the rafters with towering melodies, galvanising lyrics and all the drama of Fleetwood Mac circa ‘Tango in the Night’.
Before the Brighton/London quintet bring their comeback material to Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July, we talked to them to get the lowdown on their bold rebirth.
How would you describe MarthaGunn to a stranger?
“Five best friends making music and exploring all the possibilities that life has to offer.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“As a group, we are pretty diverse in tastes but we all share a love for the songwriting of the 70s; Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees and Eagles are all favourites. We also love lots of current music. We’ve all been shaped by the sounds of Tame Impala, Foals and Mystery Jets.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“The first time we played out of the UK was in Germany supporting our friends AnnenMayKantereit. Having only played to a few hundred people in the UK, the first show was in front of five thousand which was an unreal experience none of us will forget. After the show we were so excited we just ran up and down the corridors of the backstage area. ”
You’re based between Brighton and London – what’s your local music scene like?
“Brighton has so many young bands hustling and the scene moves quickly because the place is relatively small. London is such a behemoth with so much going on that it can be hard to pin down but ultimately, it’s where most bands end up focusing energy because of its size. There is always a great gig on every night in both cities.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Parcels – Phenomenal musicians creating some really special 70s disco-inspired pop. They released an album in 2018 which is well worth listening to.
Sam Fender – His ‘Dead Boys’ EP from last year was great. Hard hitting songwriting and lyrics, plus he’s a great performer.
Billie Eilish – Some of the freshest and most interesting pop production at the moment. The songwriting is solid and her voice is incredible.”
You’re playing Hidden Herd Festival 2019 in July – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“We’re taking Hot Dreams on tour with us this spring – their song ‘Stronger’ is absolutely beautiful, we love them. All the other bands on the line-up are super solid but we’re most excited to see Circe and Sick Joy.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for MarthaGunn?
“Without giving too much away we’re excited to be finally sharing what we’ve been working on. We also have our first headline tour this spring, we visit:
Friday 29th April – Bristol @ The Louisiana
Saturday 30th April – London @ The Waiting Room
Monday 1st May – Manchester @ Soup Kitchen
You can get tickets here.”
MarthaGunn play Hidden Herd Festival 2019 at Brighton’s Patterns on Saturday 13th July alongside KAWALA, BLOXX, Anteros, Sick Joy, CHILDCARE, Chappaqua Wrestling, Saltwater Sun, Hot Dreams, Circe, Youth Sector and more. Super Early Bird tickets are available via DICE.