26th April | Exchange

North-Eastern pop-rockers, Martha are on top of their game. Their third album Love Keeps Kicking was released a couple of weeks ago. In idiosyncratic fashion, it’s filled with both hooks and heartache. They’ll be bringing their brand of vivid, storied punk-pop to Exchange this week.

Hailing from a Durham suburb named Pity Me, their music has apt emotion to match their hometown’s name. They’re part of a very modern punk scene, identifying as straight-edge, vegan, and queer. Vocal duties are split between each of the band’s four members, adding a sense of refreshing variety when listening – who’s up next? Some of Love Keeps Kicking’s best tracks feature bassist, Naomi Griffin on the mic, singing about oh-so-identifiable situations, like that of the uncertain relationship described on ‘Into This’.

This time around we’re treated to dual support, from locals Nervous Rex and WOAHNOWS; both add their unique blend of punk to the bill. WOAHNOWS also supported Martha at their London show, and have just released their polished second album, Young and Cool.

Martha’s strong sense of humour and relentlessly upbeat tunes are sure to create a fantastically lively atmosphere. With the best of the North East and the South West, this will surely make for a fab gig.

See the video for ‘Love Keeps Kicking’ here: