Baby Needs a New Guitar

by The Martyrs

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Lost to Me 02:21
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Palace 03:44
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Stocking Boy 02:14
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Nowhere Man 01:59
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Screamin' 04:37
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Brother Sun 01:27
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Sister Moon 01:44
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Big Smile 02:44
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Last Day 02:25
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about

Ten years into their musical career (career?), The Martyrs finally released their first cohesive album (rather than randomly-compiled mix tapes given to each other). By 1997, they'd already been unofficially disbanded for 5 years (once the great Martyrs diaspora began) and each member had already recorded several solo albums. Only 3 of the 4 original Martyrs appear on the album (lead vocalist Paul was living out of state). Just as with Martyrs songs of old, BNANG sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom (actually, it was just the basement). "Corner Room" would follow in 1998. Besides a few appearances on compilations, the Martyrs did not perform again until their return in 2020.

And now, the world-renowned Martyrs. The band that started it all. Formed in 1987 by four young lads (not to be confused with the Beatles, despite both groups’ propensity for bad haircuts) from Long Island, NY, The Martyrs quickly became legends (just ask them!). Tolerated with saintly perseverance by Mrs. O'Shaughnessy (immortalized in their classic "Rock and Roll Mom"), the boys (Jim O'Shaughnessy, Chris Dal Ceredo, Paul Saur & Mike O'Shaughnessy) rocked out as they learned the chords and harmonized until they understood harmony. What a racket. They recorded steadily until 1991, until college and a collective diaspora resulted in solo acts, duos and supergroups. They performed live twice (and a graduation party and a comically disastrous open mic night). Two albums in the late 90s were followed by with a few singles in later years. They never broke up. The Martyrs had no idea they could transmit their music out of the basement and thus never tried. They were a few years too soon for the 90s DIY scene, though I doubt that would have changed anything.

credits

released June 11, 2020

The Martyrs are:
Chris Dal Ceredo: Guitar, bass, vocals
Jim O'Shaughnessy: Drums, guitar, vocals
Mike O'Shaughnessy: Guitar, bass, vocals

All songs written by The Martyrs except "Nowhere Man" (Lennon/McCartney)

Recorded on 4-track cassette at Little Ease Studios, Old Bethpage, NY on July 12-13, 1997.

Produced by Martyr Chris

Digitally transferred from cassette.

cp1997/2020 The Martyrs
cp2020 Sleeping Brothers Records
www.sleepingbrothers.com

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Semi-fictional netlabel reissuing homemade albums from the catalog of Long Island's 90s tape label Big Casserole Records as well as releasing new music from same old guys & gals. Check out the hiss! NY/OR/CA.

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