Friday, March 1, 2024

Martin Reynolds looks on the bright side with solo debut ‘Strange Days Indeed’

Most readers will recognise Martin Reynolds as the drummer from Tamworth grunge blues outfit, You Dirty Blue. Over lockdown, Reynolds stepped out from behind the kit to record his first ever solo record.

As the UK ground to a halt this summer, Reynolds borrowed a 24 track mixer from bandmate Leon James and got to work. As soon as the first set of restrictions were lifted he headed to his sanctuary (the now defunct Silky Studios) where he began laying down the parts of what would become his solo debut. “Where There’s Hope remains optimistic in an otherwise worrying time,” says Reynolds of the new project.

‘Strange Days Indeed’, out today (Friday 16 October), is the first single to be taken from the new album. Equal parts Small Faces and Frank Turner, it’s a neat little parcel of acoustic pop brimming with affection for what’s certainly been a strange year. Reynold’s bittersweet optimism feels refreshing and heartfelt, and paired with uplifting folk pop melodies and sunshiney guitar it’s sure to be a tonic over the coming months.

‘Strange Days Indeed’ is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Bandcamp now, with the full album to follow later this year.

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Emily Doyle

Visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, and scrounger. Always wearing headphones, probably listening to Ezra Furman, Sleater-Kinney or Goat.