The passionate punk-pop of Martha began in the prosaically named Pity Me, a suburb of Durham in the North of England.
Formed by J.C. Cairns (guitar/vocals), Daniel Ellis (guitar/vocals), Naomi Griffin (bass/vocals), and Nathan Stephens-Griffin (drums/vocals) in the early 2010s, they released their self-titled debut EP in February of 2012. A year later they released the "Sycamore"/"Lost Without You" single on their own Discount Horse
label. All the while they were touring and honing their sound, playing Indietracks for the first time in 2013 and building a following. After releasing a split single with Spoonboy, Martha headed to the studio with MJ of Hookworms
to record their first album. Courting Strong was released by Fortuna POP!
in the U.K. and Salinas
in the U.S. They followed it with split singles featuring Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and Radiator Hospital
, and more touring that included a repeat visit to Indietracks and an appearance at Glastonbury. Their next album was also recorded with MJ, and saw the band getting more polished and professional without losing any of the passion or fierceness that caught listeners' ears in the first place. Blisters in the Pit of My Heart was issued in mid-2016 by Dirtnap
in the U.S. and Fortuna POP!
once again in the U.K. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi