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.
Last year saw Martin's first 3 singles all released to positive reviews and international radio airplay, along with successful appearances at Fleet's Concert On The Green and The Leatherhead Food & Music Fiesta. He has hit the ground running in 2022 with a January release of his eagerly anticipated fourth single, Just Believe The Truth - a perfectly packaged pop-rock nugget about navigating the highs and lows of a long-term relationship by focusing on the simple truth that love is worth fighting for. He will continue with regular live performances (Covid permitting!) with an EP to follow in the Spring.
“The vocals are the shining stars of the track, [he has] this certain emotional and heartfelt ingredient in [his] voice that tells the listener that what [he does] as a musician is the real deal.” - KMS Reviews
— SUBMITHUB REVIEW OF "HOME"
“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. And that makes it feel positively old school when a song was a celebration rather than just another click in an endless clicking streaming session ... I loved its personable approach, we get to know the artist and what motivates that mini fire in his belly. Romantic soul, this is really encouraging stuff.” - MP3 Hugger
— SUBMITHUB REVIEW OF "CALLING OUT MY NAME"
“With harmonies which find themselves somewhere between the timbre of Blur and the Beach Boys, Martin Paul Cuthew’s progressive soul-saver of a single ‘Stand Tall’ starts to unravel ... It’s a powerful Pop Rock reminder that growth is something to take hold of with positivity instead of grief and fear” - A&R Factory