Sunday, July 21, 2024

Dom Martin’s Belfast Blues

Multi award-winning music artist Dom Martin’s highly anticipated third studio album, Buried In The Hail, will be out on 22nd September via Forty Below Records, and ahead of that comes ‘Belfast Blues’, the third single release from it.

‘Beffast Blues’ is available on all streaming platforms and you can check out the video for it right here at RAMzine.

Impressively cinematic, applying black and white screened photography, the video takes in industrial shipyards and a glorious aerial view of the surrounding countryside, but also Martin himself picking away on guitar in a hypnotic skipping blues mode, while imbuing the song with the vocal mannerisms of late roots rocker John Martyn. Relating a need to leave, he utters embittered lines like “of all the rats in this town you had to be the one,” wherein it cuts to a lithe blond on her lonesome performing near-acrobatics, a gym rat to use the fitness world’s vernacular, and explaining at least a little of his pain.

It follows August’s more optimistic ‘Daylight I Will Find’ single, but as the singer/songwriter himself declared, “It’s all about the music. Sweet and simple really. There’s no soft option for a good life. Life is full of challenges, and it’ll drive you insane if you let it. It doesn’t matter what it is. You must find your own way through it and in one piece! Find your own daylight. We all have it! It’s you! Love yourself.”

You can check out the video for ‘Daylight I Will Find’ here at RAMzine also – A travelling blues number, Martin’s deep throaty vocals draw the listener in with his tale of drawing hope from despair, the glistening twinkle of guitars lighting the way.

Recorded at Golden Egg Studios in Ireland and produced in Dublin by Grammy-Nominated producers Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy and co-produced by Dom Martin, Buried In The Hail, is steeped heavily within the related genres of Americana, blues and root music, with many of the tracks said to possess an almost cinematic theme. Aside from Martin on vocals and guitar, Ben Graham plays bass guitar & double bass, while
Jonny McIlroy drums.

Buried In the Hail is the kind of album where the more you listen to it, the more you will get out of it,” said Martin, who admits it’s the first complete work he’s recorded where he’s 100% happy with and proud to release.

Tracks featured are: ‘Hello In There’, ‘Daylight I Will Find’, ‘Government’, ‘Belfast Blues’, ‘Crazy’, ‘Unhinged’, ‘The Fall’, ‘Howlin‘’, ‘Buried In The Hail’, ‘Lefty 2 Guns’ and ‘Laid To Rest’.

All songs are composed by Dom Martin except the cover of Willie Nelson’s ‘Crazy’. “When I was a kid, I always loved the song,” said Martin. “My Aunt Breda was a Patsy fan, I think I liked it most probably for the key change, I was shocked when I later found out it was written by Willie Nelson, what a guy! This version is how I felt at the time, I had the music and these lyrics just fit in more ways than one.”

‘Unhinged’ was the first single from the parent album, and you can stream that here and check out the video to right here at RAMzine.

Regarding that single, Martin said: “I chose this song as the first single from the album because it was the most difficult and yet most fun one to record mainly because the 5-watt Champ I used was on fire and ready to explode. It sounded great though. A Gibson 339 with these mystery pickups is plugged into that amp, this is the only set up will give you that sound. It is a song about the fakes out there, smiling to your face and crossing your name off papers! You know, them! We are living and working in an unhinged world.”

Dom Martin will tour the new album throughout the UK and Ireland in October and November 2023 and Europe in June 2024. Tickets are available by clicking here.  

Buried In The Hail  can be pre-ordered by clicking here.


Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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