"WITH ALL IT'S SHAM, DRUDGERY AND BROKEN DREAMS, IT IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL WORLD"
"With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world." The line from the poem Desiderata encapsulates the philosophy of singer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Martin Paul Cuthew. Music is a mix of catharsis and celebration. His meditations on love, hope and longing are set against a backdrop of bright sonic colours and warm, rich tones ... a foundation of acoustic-rock vocal and guitar is enriched with bold synths and beats to form gutsy pop-rock songs that have drawn comparisons with Frank Turner, Peter Murphy and Mat Kearney.
Based in South-East England, Martin began playing keyboards from an early age, creating instrumental music influenced by electronic artists Jean-Michel Jarre and Jan Hammer. As a teenager, he started playing guitar and listening to the music of bands such as Pink Floyd, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Blur, Radiohead, whilst retaining his love of electronic music through acts such as Orbital and The Prodigy. However, it was the British rock band Oasis that first really inspired him to want to play live on stage, write songs with lyrics and take music seriously.
Ever since then, Martin has been writing and recording music, further influenced by the likes of Coldplay, Muse and Doves as well as more alternative acts such as Editors, M83, Biffy Clyro and Oceansize. Both as a solo artist and in various bands, he has performed all over South-East England - including The Cage Bar in Reigate, Kingston's Ram Jam Club and Scratchers (Three Lions) in Farncombe - but it is appearances at the international Greenbelt Festival and at legendary London venues, the Half Moon Putney and Dublin Castle in Camden that stand out. One of his previous band's most memorable shows was as the support act for Phil Hartnoll (one half of Orbital) at Brixton Jamm.
Martin's first 2 singles, Stand Tall and Calling Out My Name, were released to positive reviews - A&R Factory said "...Martin Paul Cuthew’s progressive soul-saver of a single 'Stand Tall'... [is] a powerful Pop Rock reminder that growth is something to take hold of with positivity instead of grief and fear"; MP3 Hugger said of Calling Out My Name "Oh my that is a vocal that gets up close and personal, the way that few singers can conspire to achieve outside of an intimate live performance ... Romantic soul, this is really encouraging stuff.” His latest release, Home, is an urgent, yearning confessional about not belonging; a synth soaked powerhouse that demands you listen, from the opening bass drum boom to the choral climax.