Peterborough has spawned a diverse amount of musical talent in the past forty years, everything from thrash metal to synth pop.
The newest kids on the block are this little bunch, Martini Police. Unashamedly quirk-pop, it sounds like two different bands.
On their debut EP, “11:11pm“, the songs sung by guitarist/bassist Harvey Foster have a harder, more indie edge to them, whilst those featuring bassist/guitarist Megan Leigh have a softer ingredient – imagine Sheryl Crow wearing a Motown coat. Stir in some Television, Vaccines-like affected guitar and a smattering of Hot Hot Heat and you’re getting close.
Stand out tracks are “Ugly” (what a bloody shame John Peel isn’t alive as he’d have loved this) and “Where You Are”, the musical equivalent of Galaxy chocolate.
We were reliably informed that this EP was recorded in less than 2 days and on a budget. However, the production is crisp and sprightly and we were particularly impressed by the drum sound of Donovan Jackson, always the hardest thing to get right.
It’s essential to have the capacity to turn out something original and this is a big part of the deal. Martini Police are polymorphic and difficult to pigeon hole and that can only be a good thing. Even our resident Frank Cat wants to hear more!