"Somebody Come and Play" marks the return of The Martyrs. Chris, Jim and Mike (sans aloof lead singer Paul -- who last appeared on 1998's "Corner Room") haven't recorded together since 2002. Through the magic of digital recording and the internet, the fellas are rocking out once again. The first single off the forthcoming as-yet-unnamed album is fittingly a Joe Raposo tune (a major influence). You know it from Sesame Street. If you don't, you're too young to be interested in us. For you nerds, Chris started building the track in GarageBand before The Martyrs invested in PreSonus Studio One where they finished it off. Jim once again provides a tremendous solo. Enjoy!
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.
released November 16, 2020
Written by Joe Raposo.
Chris Dal Ceredo: Guitar, bass, lead vocals
Jim O'Shaughnessy: Guitar solo
Mike O'Shaughnessy: Bell harp, backing vocals
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.