MARTIN PAUL CUTHEW
"With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world." The line from the poem Desiderata encapsulates the philosophy of South-East England based 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 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.
Martin played keyboards from an early age before moving onto guitar in his teens. He absorbed Pink Floyd, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead alongside electronic acts Orbital and The Prodigy. However, it was British rock band Oasis that first really inspired him to write songs and take music seriously. Since then, Martin has been writing and recording music, further influenced by Coldplay, Muse, M83 and Biffy Clyro. 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 Brixton Jamm, that stand out.
Martin's first 4 pop-rock singles were all released to positive reviews and international radio airplay, and he recently made successful appearances at Weybridge Arts Festival and the Gosport Waterfront Festival. He is now expanding his sound with his "Erosion & Evolution" EP - 5 songs exploring change, loss, personal growth and acceptance. Lead single, The Machine, tells of working for "The Man" and dreaming of escape with mournful vocals set against grinding industrial sounds and pulsing guitar effects before bursting into an uplifting chorus that affirms we are meant to be free.
““Just Believe The Truth” has a[n] ... uplifting message to tell ... And it does so with a remarkable signature styled optimism. Backed by a driving combination of strummed guitar and a pushing rhythm section, the track has a certain ‘adventurous’ vibe that for me feels a lot like the partner telling me ‘we can do this’. Looking how things are today, the world needs more of this emotional honesty and positivity.” - KMS Reviews