Suave Martyrs meld together indie guitars and 60s psychedelia


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Manchester indie rockers Suave Martyrs share their third single of the year ‘Gimme A Reason’, a three-minute barrage of true indie grit.

Melding together angular indie guitar with the flowing sounds of 60s west-coast psychedelia, the quartet have quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting acts coming out of Manchester.

The observational vocals paint a picture of northern youth as a revolving cast of characters pass by, framed by frontman Ben Greenhalgh’s bedroom window; punctuated by ripped jeans and the screams of milkmen.

Musically the song is introduced by Samuel Brunt’s arpeggiated guitar before being snapped into focus by the drummer Biscuit’s tight beat. The song builds to a chorus crescendo reminiscent of vintage Rolling Stones, as Stuart Maxwell’s slap bass line fizzes through the mix.

Comprised of Greenhalgh – Guitar/Vocals, Samuel Brunt – Guitar/Vocals, Stuart Maxwell – Bass and Biscuit – Drums, Suave Martyrs formed in early 2019. ‘Gimme a Reason’ is the third single from Suave Martyrs, after both ‘Man About Town’ and ‘Partyman’, a portrait in triplet of the underbelly stretching across the city of Manchester.

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