Brighton’s MarthaGunn have shared their new single ‘Holding The Fire’ today, taken from their debut album ‘Something Good Will Happen’ due for release September 17th via Communion. Stream the new single here, and pre-order the album here.
‘Holding The Fire’ is a dynamic indie synth pop anthem, glistening with the band’s signature kaleidoscopic production. Every aspect of the track demands attention; as frontwoman Abi Woodman’s confessional and confrontational lyricism guides the spirited instrumentation.
I can’t keep trying when you keep, keep on disguising that you’re
Still holding the fire for someone you still rely on
Speaking about the track Abi says, “About this time last year, we were in the height of the first lockdown. My brother and I decided to write some music together. It’s a rare occasion, but each time we do get together to make music we write something we like.
I had just got off of the phone with someone who I had a bit of a crush on. Unfortunately for me, this person was still emotionally relying on someone else and was pretty unavailable. But regardless, I knew I wanted to make something that people could dance to and something that was fun. I think we did that.”
‘Holding The Fire’ alongside previous single ‘Giving In’ are both taken from MarthaGunn’s forthcoming debut album ‘Something Good Will Happen’. It’s a record filled with raw and unfiltered, soul-baring love songs that capture the depth and breadth of the unbridled emotion, powered by conscientious songwriting and pristine pop melodies that have quickly caught the attention of tastemakers CLASH, Independent, Dork, 1883, The Line of Best Fit, BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy (Radio X).
“This album is us navigating the relationships of our twenties so far – the failures and successes.” Abi explains. “Constantly trying to find out who you are as a person, and constantly growing. You don’t always grow the same as the people you are with. Sometimes you are on the same path as someone, then suddenly you’re not.”
“The overarching theme through this is losing oneself and rebuilding oneself and through doing that, you learn a lot about yourself. You’re always going to face challenges in life that are going to tell you that you’re not good enough and let you question yourself, and it’s a constant daily reminder to look after your inner voice, and to treat yourself well by having boundaries.”
If there’s one goal MarthaGunn want to achieve with their music, it’s connection. Whether it’s Abi hosting her own monthly songwriting spotlight show on Soho Radio, which originally originated on Instagram Live with previous guests including Black Honey, Another Sky, Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey, Flyte and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, or setting up a virtual tour in light of having shows cancelled and playing a special live set including a locally sourced cover – her and her band want to remind people that they’re not alone and that, at end of the day, we’re all human and we all have that in common.
“I want to connect with people. The beautiful thing about songs is that you don’t have to know someone, but you can connect with them through the same song without saying anything. I want this album to be able to help people in some way, and give people courage to leave a situation they know isn’t right for them, or for the other person. To go after the person they love and to know no matter how bad things may seem, it’s just a chapter. Things always get better.”
MarthaGunn 2021 Tour Dates
30th September – The Bullingdon, Oxford
1st October – YES (The Basement), Manchester
3rd October – The Joiners, Southampton
4th October – Patterns, Brighton
5th October – Moth Club, London
7th October – Louisiana, Bristol
10th October – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
11th October – Head of Steam, Newcastle
13th October – Waterfront Studio, Norwich