Martha return with their second album Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart this Friday, via Fortuna POP! (UK/EU) and Dirtnap Records (US). Produced again by MJ from Hookworms, the album explores the difficulties in staying political, staying passionate and staying punk over the course of eleven expertly crafted pop songs. The band will be hitting the road in July, playing their biggest London headline gig to date at the Tufnell Park Dome on 22 July, with support from their pals Trust Fund.
14 – Durham – Alington House
16 – Sunderland – Summer Streets Festival
17 – Glasgow – Audio
22 – London – Tuffnell Park Dome (with support from Trust Fund)
23 – Bristol – Exchange
27 – Durham – Empty Shop
5 – Derby – Hairy Dog
6 – Brighton – West Hill Hall
8 – Leeds – House Show
10 – Harrogate – Major Toms
11 – Kingston – Hippodrome
13 – Newcastle – Cluny 2
2/3/4 – End of the Road Festival, Dorset
Perfect summer evening pop to kick back and watch the daylight fade, laid-back melodies combine with wistful vocals and drift in and around deft instrumentation, lovely stuff.
David Skirving began California Snow Story in 2001 after leaving Scottish band Camera Obscura. David was a founder member and original guitarist of Camera Obscura and he gave the band their name. He wrote four songs on their debut album Rare UK Bird and guitar parts for their album Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi. David played with Camera Obscura at the legendary Bowlie Weekender festival in 1999.
California Snow Story first released music on Shelflife Records in the US in 2002 (One Good Summer EP) and released their first album Close to the Ocean in the UK and the Philippines in 2007. This album was the first release to feature vocalist Sandra Belda Martãnez from Spain and keyboard player Madoka Fukushima from Japan. Except for the occasional live show, the band went on hiatus due to other commitments and living in different countries. California Snow Story continued to attract a following and gradually began working on a follow up album.
The new album features the same core members but also has guest vocals from occasional collaborator Melanie Whittle from the Hermit Crabs. Mel originally played drums and percussion for the band’s live appearances. Additionally, vocalist Lupe Núñez-Fernández from Pipas / Amor De Diaz sings on the song “Outliers”. Making the line up more international still, Kristoffer Solvang from Norwegian band The Loch Ness Mouse plays drums on two songs. This album (as with the other releases) was mastered by Jon Chaikin who has worked with bands such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Black Tambourine.
July Tour Dates:
Fri 1st – Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Sat 2nd – Nottingham – Rough Trade
Fri 8 – Leeds – Wharf Chambers
Thurs 14 – Durham – Alington House
Sat 16 – Sunderland – Summer Streets Festival
Sun 17 – Glasgow – Audio
Fri 22 – London – Tuffnell Park Dome (with Trust Fund)
Sat 23 – Bristol – Exchange
September – End of the Road Festival