Cry Monster Cry

Brothers Richie and Jamie Martin have always had an interest in music.

They attribute this to early exposure to the eclectic tastes of their parents. Summer holidays and long car journeys through the Irish wilds of their Mother’s home in Donegal were always accompanied by mixed tapes. Those nostalgic, youthful years are swathed in their memories in the sounds of Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Van Morrison, Ray Charles and Simon and Garfunkel. It wasn’t long before the brothers were each playing instruments themselves.

A deep interest in the story telling traditions of Ireland is clearly present in the Martin brother’s songs. They use mythology and fables in some songs as they write about love, life, death, dreams, hopes and fears. On debut album "Rhythm Of Dawn" the brothers also took time to experiment with different sounds. Traditional folk instruments such as banjos, mandolins and acoustic guitars meet swirling subtle synthesizers, punchy electric guitars, hypnotic African percussion and chamber orchestras to create a feeling of a timeless journey through night and day.