Durham pop-punk outfit Martha have returned with a new single called ‘Please Don’t Take Me Back’. It arrives today alongside the announcement of a 7” that will be released via Specialist Subject on June 24, featuring a cover of Allo Darlin’s ‘My Heart is a Drummer’ as the B-side. Check out the song’s accompanying video, directed by Sonny Malhotra, below.
Talking about ‘Please Don’t Take Me Back’, the band said in a statement: “The past was absolutely terrible. Don’t get us wrong, the present is also absolutely terrible, but that almost instantly becomes the past anyway, so we can quickly file it under ‘the past’. The really good news is that the future appears to have been totally cancelled by the loathsome politicians, oligarchs and CEOs hell bent on destroying the planet and all life on it, so we probably won’t have to put up with this garbage for much longer anyway. Please don’t take me back.”
They added of the video: “In a genuinely terrifying twist of fate, just before we were due to shoot the video, [band member] Daniel’s partner Steph unexpectedly went into labour a whole seven and a half weeks before her official due date. Daniel therefore does not appear in the video. If you look very closely you might see how low-key terrified the rest of us look, which sort of fits the tone of the song. Austin Ellis Bartle was born on the 21/10/21 and after a slightly bumpy start, is now a healthy, happy little fella.”
Martha released their third album, Love Keeps Kicking, back in 2019. It followed 2016’s Blisters in the Pit of my Heart and the band’s 2014 debut Courting Strong.