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Suave Martyrs


“Psychedelic grooves grip the track from the outset, a bow to their arsenal which is their strongest and most destructive yet, pulsating your brain instantly.” – Music Is My Radar

Since completing their line-up in the early stages of 2019, Suave Martyrs have gone from strength to strength, quickly building their reputation as one of Manchester’s most exciting prospects. And though much of the musical offerings on offer in the city these days seem to be rehashed and recycled, Suave Martyrs are breathing new life into blackened lungs.

Such was the buzz following their first show (a support slot at Manchester’s iconic Deaf Institute with Alan McGee’s Alias Kid) that their first headline at the much-missed Jimmy’s sold out in less than 24 hours, an impressive feat that has enabled Suave Martyrs headline some of the city’s best known venues, including Band on the Wall and Academy 3.

It’s not just on stage where the band have made their name, however.

Blending elements of ‘60s West Coast rock, Madchester era indie and psychedelia, the five-piece manage to embody all that makes Manchester what it is, while avoid the pitfalls of swaggering Gallagher-esque clichés.

The band’s latest single ‘Cascades of Gold’ is four minutes of technicolour Madchester inspired psychedelia, falling somewhere in between Stone Roses and particularly enjoyable dose of mushrooms. With a narrative built around “two people looking up into space and then just fucking off into the cosmos”, it’s conceptually out there for the band, while lyrically it uses lush description to build a bowie-esque vantage of the firmament, with rich colours and kaleidoscopic shapes running through.

Described by the guitarist Sam Brunt as “one I have been sitting on for a while and we have loved playing it live so it’s great to finally get it out there. It’s a bit of a change of direction from some of our other tracks and really highlights the different talents in the band. It’s the song that we end our set with a big funk outro where the band gets to showcase what they can do musically.”

A departure it might be, but it’s imbued with the same blissed out and baggy energy that the band harness so brilliantly. A look towards the future direction of the band maybe, a trip down Suave Martyrs own personal rabbit hole. Definitely.

Suave Martyrs are:

Vocal: Brad Miller
Vocals + Guitar: Ben Greenhalgh
Vocals + Guitar: Sam Brunt
Bass: Stu Maxwell
Drums: Biscuit

 

Suave Martyrs – Cascades of Gold

Suave Martyrs – Tell Me What You Wanna

Suave Martyrs – Footsteps

Suave Martyrs – Straight A’s

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