FACTFILE: MarthaGunn

04 May 2016

Getting to know the Brighton newcomers


Fact file is a quick need-to-know Q&A intro to the emerging acts that just might go on to become your new favourite band.

This week: MarthaGunn


Band name: MarthaGunn

Band members: Abi Woodman, Max Hunter, Humphrey Luck, Ally Mackay, Frankie Sparrowhawk

Formed: 2015

Previous musical activity: "We’ve all been in bands since we started playing music but nothing as meaningful as MarthaGunn."

How you met: "We all went to University in Brighton, but we actually met before our induction at a rehearsal studio, Brighton Electric."

First song you wrote together: "The first song we wrote together was 'Honey Let Me Know'. It was a huge moment for us as a band to write something so collaborative. It started with a bass line from Ally and grew from there. It was an organic process and became a loose model for our future writing."

First gig together: "29th of April 2015 at a place called The Joker in Brighton. We put on our own show with Jack Watts & KIN. We always try to put on hometown gigs ourselves, it provides a better party atmosphere and we can choose to play with artists we love."

Biggest mutual band influence:" That's a hard question to answer directly; we all come from different musical backgrounds. That said, we all love the song writing of the 70's eg The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac but also have an affinity towards contemporary music; Tame Impala and Mystery Jets have both played parts in shaping us."

If you could support anyone on tour, who would it be: "Guns n' Roses just got back together, that would fulfil a couple of childhood fantasies. We think supporting Queen on tour would be an incredible experience."

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? "The Beatles. Always."

What is, in your opinion, the best - not your favourite, but objectively the best - song of all time and why: "This one is easy: Macarena."

You've got three albums for your Desert Island Discs, what are they: "'Currents' - Tame Impala, 'Pet Sounds' - The Beach Boys, 'Revolver' - The Beatles"

What's the one dream you hope to fulfil with the band: "We’ve always talked about opening our own restaurant, maybe a Pizzeria as we all adore pizza. Musically, headlining the Glastonbury Pyramid stage."

The world ends tomorrow, what do you spend today doing: "We would have a party with everyone we love, lots of food, lots of drink and good music."


MarthaGunn support Toothless - the new project from Bombay Bicycle Club's Ed Nash - at Moth Club on May 17th. Tickets here: http://www.rockfeedback.com/concerts/detail/toothless

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