Switchin’ up the genre is what I seem to be doing more and more on here, and I like it. Like A Martyr is a local Vancouver band… Check it out!
Like A Martyr – As Long As You Don’t Get Caught (Fantasy Ranch Records)
“Please, rock is dead. Until a four piece like this resurrects it by virtue of sheer infatuation and zeal.” –The Georgia Straight
With their reputation as an unrelentingly gutsy rock ‘n roll band firmly in tact, Like A Martyr has taken the next logical step in the recording of their second full-length album. With the forthcoming release “As Long As You Don’t Get Caught”, the band has summoned the rock ‘n roll pantheon by recording the 11-track album live off the floor at the Factory Studios in Vancouver. Four guys together in a room. Playing the tunes they love. The way it used to be. The way it’s supposed to be.
In achieving the space and vibe of playing together live, the band has harnessed a trusty and familiar sound in the recording of songs that are fresh, unflagging and decidedly forward-looking. No amount of button pushing, knob twisting or Pro Tools wizardry could legitimately replicate “As Long As You Don’t Get Caught”. And that’s just the point. At its root, this is a back-to-basics record built from a foundation of solid musicianship, outstanding song writing and good old fashioned hard work.
Forming the band in 2005, cousins Jeremy Allingham and Ben Henthorne have since spent countless thousands of hours practicing the shit out of their instruments, writing and recording dingy basement demos, and honing their sound to the point of obsession. Though their relationship can often be referred to as “Gallagher-esque” (complete with shouting matches, smashed gear tantrums and pointed hunting knives) theirs is a creative vision that may seem divergent, but almost always results in superior composition in spite, or because of, endless creative struggles. Joining the band one year later on bass, Matt Denny-Keys brought calm, perspective and unclouded focus to a sometimes dangerously unbalanced ship. These three founders and charter members have been referred to as “tireless perfectionist, malcontents hell bent on achieving their vision.”
Creating a gutsy record like this was no accident. The band’s life in rock ‘n roll started early and was reinforced often. Allingham’s dad earned a living teaching high school kids covers of CCR, Elvis and JJ Cale, while Henthorne’s dad played bass in a lights out cover band, whose bread and butter was a heavy dose of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and 60s soul classics. Denny-Keys’ dad’s record collection sprawled from room to room, meticulously including all essential rock ‘n roll listening, from The Stones to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix to Buddy Holly and back again.
“As Long As You Don’t Get Caught” is a lifetime of rock ‘n roll, spilled out with every last ounce of sweat, instinct, swagger and passion in their veins. It is broken strings. It is calloused hands. It is miles of endless road. It is sold out gigs and empty rooms. It’s a full bottle of whiskey. It’s an empty bottle of whiskey. It is fireside ballads and balls out rock anthems. It is, rock ‘n roll.
Download the entire album here:
As Long As You Dont Get Caught (ZIP File)
Check out individual tracks below…
As Long As You Don’t Get Caught
Calloused Hand by Calloused Hand
Park My Car
Rock ‘N Roll Made Me Do It
At 7th And Main
We’ll Do It Live
You Sellin Snake Oil