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 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.
“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