Melancholic but brimming with power, Martha Rose’s misty melodies explore longing and the metaphysical. Inspired by Welsh poet, George Herbert and once compared to Kate Bush, there is a element of the mystical and divine to Rose’s sound that’s well-suited to the inclement weather of a Berlin autumn.
Bang On Team: Tell us a little about your project.
Martha Rose: It’s something like of all my feelings poetically rehashed, with a little bit of light-hearted joy in finding new melodies.
BOT: Why did you start to make music?
MR: Because it feels so amazing to bring a song from your head into the world.
BOT: What’s been your best moment as a band/artist so far?
MR: Christiane Rösinger once said we were better than Kate Bush, which is not true, but it’s nice to hear a compliment that that wild sometimes.
BOT: Who are three bands everyone should listen to right now?
MR: Hmm, my favourite discovery from the 80s is Anne Clark (“Hopeless Cases” album), but current bands have to be Berlin’s own Fenster and Jaako Eino Kalevi.
BOT: How do you prepare for a gig?
MR: I usually have a couple rehearsals with my bandmate, Dandy Deniz, then we drive around a lot on the day, collecting things and getting sweaty. Then I try to get into a mystical zone by just having a little moment to remember to savour the privilege of getting to sing your songs to people.
BOT: What can people look forward to about your set?
MR: I will probably make a funny mistake, or laugh too loud into the mic.
BOT: Finish the sentence. If I wasn’t making music I would…
MR: Make a radio show about my favourite music.