Label: SOP Records
Album: Jude's Icon
Tracks : 12
There is definitely something in the air in the central belt of Scotland, there are so many fabulous bands coming out of there recently in varying genres. One such band is Marthasville who can seamlessly weave there musical magic through varying styles of music such as americana, blues, roots, and a hint of country, but, no pigeon hole attempts here, this release is just packed with great vibes, stellar playing, solid songwriting and arrangements from Kevin Black (Vocals/Blues Harp), Joe Connor (Drums/Good Vibes), Brian McGonigal (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals) and Alasdair Taylor (Bass Guitar).
Tailoring members influences into a band is never easy, Marthasville do it with ease with an eclectic mix that gels wonderfully well together. Tracks like ' All That Chimes ' and, one of my favourites, ' You Think You Were Born ' have an edginess to them with great musicianship throughout, including some pretty nice harp playing, the song ' Ramblin' ' could be the soundtrack to an epic movie - note to band, writing for TV and movies can be very lucrative, you'd be good at it !
There really is something unique about this bands sound, it reminds me to an extent of the shift from the UK sixties sounds to seventies oriented rock, a lovely mix littered with hooks that draw you in to each song, it really is an interesting and entertaining release.
Marthasville have produced a fine album, the band members keep down some pretty responsible day jobs between them, but if they ever decided to give that all up I'm sure the fan base would widen and gig invitations would come rolling in.