Durham indie-punx Martha return with new single ‘Hope Gets Harder’.
The band formed over a decade ago, and have become by-words for DIY independence, walking the walk and talking the talk for more than 10 years now.
New album ‘Please Don’t Take Me Back’ lands on October 28th, released on the always-vital Specialist Subject Records. New single ‘Hope Gets Harder’ is about These Unprecedented Times, and more specifically English politics’ ongoing lurch to the Right.
Anthemic in a gritted teeth kind of way, there’s an edge of Springsteen-esque Heartland rock to their urgent pop-flecked indie-punk mixture. A track that makes even more sense in the aftermath of the State Funeral, ‘Hope Gets Harder’ is released against the spectre of a tanking economy, and a listless government beset by internal division.
“‘Hope Gets Harder’ is a song about England: a uniquely fucking terrible idea. A place governed by the most absurdly mediocre people in history. Selfish, rich, thick, malevolent ghouls propped up by a bootlicking, self-congratulating, stenographic, client-journalist news media that puts North Korea to shame.”
“England is a grey, damp artifice, vibrating to a quasi-fascist background hum, where the majority live miserable hopeless lives, so that a tiny minority can live in extravagant luxury. As we lurch violently from one crisis to the next, it feels like the light of any hope for the future is slowly dying. But we have to try and find hope in one another, and together we have to fight like hell for a more socially and ecologically just world. No fate but what we make for ourselves. Abolish england. Fuck the king.”
Tune in now.