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Suave Martyrs


Suave Martyrs – Leonine Lover
(Released November 30th 2021)

While the pandemic and its resulting lockdowns has arguably been the downfall of many bands, there are those who have used that time to recalibrate, seeing it as the catalyst to drive them forward post-pandemic.

Suave Martyrs fall into the latter category. Never a band to rest on their laurels, the band have managed not just to survive the pandemic, but to thrive. A slew of singles over the last year including the likes of ‘Cascades of Gold’ and ‘Straight A’s’ have seen the band’s profile grow, not just in their native Manchester, but further afield too.

A short double headline run in July saw the band take to stages in both Birmingham and London, with the latter being both the band’s first appearance in the capital, and a sell-out. Since then the band have turned heads in Hull, as well as supported Space Monkeys at The Night & Day Café to a capacity hometown audience.

Now the band have got their sights set on the final release of the year. A haunting and hypnotic offering, ‘Leonine Lover’ sees the band taking influence from The Bloody Chamber an eponymous story taken from a collection of feminist retellings of fairy tales by Angela Carter.

“I was intrigued by the challenges that Carter posed to the gender roles in such a stylised form of storytelling” explains guitarist and songwriter Sam Brunt. “The story initially seems to back up the archetypal roles before going on to shatter them with the death of the antagonist at the hands of the female protagonists mother. I used that feeling as well as the gothic melodrama to write the song that seemed to fit the jarring chords of the verse.” It’s an interesting place to take one’s inspiration. But combined with Suave Martyrs’ trademark psychedelic freak-outs and haunted vocal delivery, it works perfectly.

The release of ‘Leonine Lover’ doesn’t mark the end of Suave Martyrs’ year however. The band will set out on a three date run across the north next month, culminating in hometown headline on December 19th. All dates are below.

Live

  • 17th December, Newcastle
  • 18th December, Glasgow
  • 19th December, Manchester

Suave Martyrs are:

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

Suave Martyrs – Leonine Lover

Suave Martyrs – Cascades of Gold

Suave Martyrs – Tell Me What You Wanna

Suave Martyrs – Footsteps

Suave Martyrs – Straight A’s

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