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We get few underground artists featured on Beyond the Record that possess this level of passion for the art and message within their music. In Deep showcases itself as a record for those seeking out music that is brave, without blueprints or barriers. Smoking Martha continues to grow their fan base, picking up recognition within the last few months leading up to the release of this record within the rock community. And for good reason. The group is known for a reliable track record and this latest release does not fall short from the high expectations of the fans.
In Deep, to me, is about true musicianship. It's about self-expression. The issue with today's music industry and modern rock music today, is that both share a love for a watered down image, bland chord structures, mind-numbing lyrics and so on. This group manages to escape all of this with ease, only by being who they really are. In case you weren't already aware, Smoking Martha and their fans associate their sound with modern rock. Typically speaking, there are usually some "fillers" with most bands here and there, but Smoking Martha stays true and defines modern cutting edge rock music. The guitar work, though it may be what you'd expect from the genre, is brilliant. It's chord heavy and rhythm focused with an expectation to make the song itself better. The bass and drums really come together on this record. It's the brick and mortar of each track, as it should be, but actually, achieves those goals that every bassist and drummer sets for themselves. To be "locked in" of course. The musicianship showcased here really comes together to showcase the vocals. The lyrics are vastly different than what one could expect and is female fronted. Overall, I'm very surprised how well each track flowed from one to the next. It's almost as if a producer spent hours listening for several hours trying to pinpoint where each of these tracks should be placed. Hats off to you, Smoking Martha. Well done.