Like A Martyr – As A Long As You Don’t Get Caught
by Jade Sperry
Vancouver band Like A Martyr serve up some mighty tasty tunes that will have you and your friends rocking out in no time. With influences such as ACDC, The White Stripes and My Morning Jacket, the album’s standout song for this writer is “Pistol”, a funky, uptempo song with powerful raw vocals and jazzed out guitars. And it only gets better from there. Every song on this album is outstanding in its own right. With lyrics like “rock and roll / don’t you want to feel it?” and “i’ve been screwed by the law / why don’t you give us some more”, you just know this band is going places. Jeremy Allingham and Ben Henthorne, who are cousins and have that rare love/hate relationship similar to Noel and Liam Gallagher, really know how to write lyrics that everyone can relate to. The standout songs are “As Long As You Don’t Get Caught”, “Rock and Roll Made Me Do It” and “Worker 684”, this is straight out rock and roll at its best. Most songs on the album are 2 or 3 minutes long with one ballad (7th and Main) that has some awesome acoustic guitar work behind the soulful vocals. Matt Denny-Keys plays some of the funkiest bass lines this writer has heard in a long time. And one brilliant song that has some great lyrics is “You Selling Snake Oil”. This album is now in local record stores in the Vancouver area and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes powerful rock and roll.
Like A Martyr’s album release party is this Friday October 1 at The Media Club with special guests The Best Revenge and War Baby. Cover charge of $15 at the door gets you in as well as a copy of the CD. Vinyl is also available.
You can also check out the band at their various links through their website here.