Durham’s finest Martha are back with news of a new album called Please Don’t Take Me Back, which will be arriving on October 28 via Specialist Subject Records. They released the title track and the album opener “Beat, Perpetual” earlier this year, but today offer up a new single called “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?”. Introducing the song, they say:
“‘Baby, Does Your Heart Sink’ is just your classic break-up song, but one designed to be played at the disco at the end of the world. If there are multiple timelines, worlds, and universes out there, you’ve really got to wonder how things are going in the others, don’t you?”
Fatalistic, down-and-out pop punk is well-worn territory for Martha, but when they do it this damn well, it doesn’t really matter. Also, they just seem to be getting better at it: “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?” is fine-tuned, an absolute barn burner of danceable riffs and shout-along melodies, with a hook that truly does lodge itself right in your brain meat and reel you in effortlessly. It’s one that will get every fan rapidly shifting and singing along, no matter how glum they might be feeling when they hit ‘play’ – that’s just the magic of Martha.
The video for “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink” also happens to features Ross Millard from fellow North East England band The Futureheads. It was directed by Martha drummer Nathan Stephens-Griffin, who says:
“This was the first time we’d all been together as a band for a while, and it was a really fun day. Pop Recs is a brilliant thing, and we want to support as much as possible – everyone should visit when they get a chance. We’ll be doing our Northeast album launch on that very same stage in early December and we can’t wait. Hopefully the people watching are more into it on the night though! It was also extremely cool to get to direct a video featuring a Futurehead and a Heartstring!”
Watch the clip below or find the song on streaming platforms.
Martha’s new album Please Don’t Take Me Back arrives on October 28 through Specialist Subject. You can find the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You can catch them live around the UK later this year:
18/11 – Nottingham, Metronome 19/11 – London, EartH – Main Hall 20/11 – Manchester, Rebellion 26/11 – Bristol, Exchange – matinee 26/11 – Bristol, Exchange – sold out 27/11 – Leeds, Brudenell 01/12 – Sunderland, Pop Recs 02/12 – Sunderland, Pop Recs – sold out 03/12 – Glasgow, Mono