Brighton’s MarthaGunn have announced their debut album ‘Something Good Will Happen’, due for release September 17th via Communion. Along with the announcement they have shared their brand new single ‘Giving In’, along with a headline UK tour later this year from September into October (tickets here). Stream ‘Giving In’ here and pre-order the album here.
‘Giving In’ marks another defiant chapter for MarthaGunn, who consistently prove they are worth their weight in gold through honest and conscientious songwriting, partnered with pristine pop melodies that have caught the attention of tastemakers CLASH, Independent, Dork, The Line of Best Fit, BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy (Radio X). ‘Giving In’ is the sound of a band ever evolving their euphoric sound, where nuanced production and kaleidoscopic samples lift them into the stratosphere.
Speaking about the single, front woman Abi Woodman says: “Throughout my life, like most people, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, emotionally and mentally. This song came about after we had been away on tour for about a month. I had been quite ill and had to miss a few shows. I felt like I had let everyone down. When I got back off tour, I just felt really low. The one person I turn to when I’m feeling low, is my mum. I sometimes feel guilty for baring all my worries upon her, afraid to be a burden. This song is about trying to hide how you feel from others. I like to come across as a strong woman, and I am, so in those moments of fragility, my biggest fear is people seeing me as weak. I tend to hide away when I feel like that. I eventually told my mum how I was feeling and the feeling disappeared within a few days. It’s so important to share those feelings with someone and talk about them.”
‘Giving In’ is taken from MarthaGunn’s forthcoming debut album ‘Something Good Will Happen’, a collection of raw and unfiltered, soul-baring love songs that capture the depth and breadth of the unbridled emotion.
“This album is us navigating the relationships of our twenties – 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 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