Artist Name: Aunt Martha
Hometown: Wilmot, NH
Touring info: Just finished up 6 months on the road, a few dates over the summer and gearing up for a big fall tour
Album: Bloodshot EP
Proof: This video compilation, made up of fan video submissions, of the guys performing “Bloodshot” at Bonnaroo
Aunt Martha should probably be called Middle Brother. I tried to place my finger on whom this band really sounds like and I landed on the combination of Delta Spirit, Dawes and Deer Tick. And oops, that’s already a band.
Frontman Tim Noyes is a softer John McCauley leading a band with a commercial Dawes-like sound of songs as poignant and charming as Delta Spirit’s.
These guys first came to my attention when while preparing our top picks for Bonnaroo, I came across a press shot in which violin and bass player Brian Kim was wearing a Giants hat and was smitten even before I heard the music. Luckily, the band’s good taste carried past their headgear and within a few minutes of listening, my lust became love. Aunt Martha had decided to count down to Bonnaroo by doing video covers of other Bonnaroo-playing artists. I liked this for two reasons:
1. Because it gave their fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this awesome folk rock band acoustically cover everyone from Jessica Lea Mayfield to Eminem.
2. Because it felt like something fellow geniuses (Bridie and I…duh) would do if we had a band and if for some reason people wanted that band to play Bonnaroo.
One thing of the most impressive things about Aunt Martha (besides the Giants hat, obviously) is that they are constantly posting new videos, jumping onto opening slots, touring, etc. As one of the most active emerging bands I’ve witnessed, they smartly provide the illusion (or is it?) of constantly being in demand as well as proving their worth as part of the inevitably-soon-to-be-super-famous.
This New Hampshire based group released an EP, Bloodshot in February and have been touring non-stop ever since. They played SXSW to rave reviews, had FOUR slots at Bonnaroo and have premiered an acoustic EP, The Abandoned Bedroom Sessions via their very active YouTube account and provided all the songs for free download on their website.
Whatever they are doing seems to be working, with a Pretty Little Liars music credit, some badass support slots (hey, Chicago, they open for The Watson Twins 9/20 @ Schubas) and big plans for a Fall tour- their name is popping up everywhere. There is something so effortlessly charming about Aunt Martha and I can’t really think of anyone who would not like them. Except maybe the uber-super-snobby music types, but then again, the bands only liked by those fools don’t make much money now, do they?
But here’s the good news- you are not the uber-super-snobby music type (I know this because those people don’t read our site ever since B insisted on posting Vampire Weekend origin videos) so you will love this band, I guarantee it. Because, quite simply, there’s really not anything to dislike.
Get their EP and find their next show near you but first read my interview with Noyes below.
Also, apparently this solo photo of Noyes is the one the band prefers to use, but let it be known that obviously I prefer the one with Kim in the Giants hat.
Who are your top three influences?
My Morning Jacket, Delta Spirit, AA Bondy
If you had to pick one celebrity to represent your whole band, who would it be?
Matt Damon, preferably in the Good Will Hunting era. He was (and still is) such a mastermind.
How would you describe your sound in five words?
Spirited Folk Rock and Roll
Where do you want to be one year from now?
Where I am right now, on my manager’s couch. But with a new album and a long, successful tour under my belt.
What is the first record you ever bought?
Honestly most of my records have been given to me (or I stole them) but I did recently pick up Phosphorescent’s “Here’s To Taking it Easy.” Great record.
Life gives you lemons, what do you do with them?
You take those lemons, cut ‘em up and toss them in a mean gin and tonic.