We caught up with vocalist Tasha D of rising hard rockers Smoking Martha ahead of their UK tour next month. They release their debut album ‘In Deep’ via Bad Reputation on November 9th.

What can fans expect on your upcoming UK tour dates?

Lots of energy, lots of hair flicking and Loud rock n roll..

You have your upcoming debut album ‘In Deep’ released on 9 November. To someone new to Smoking Martha how would you describe the band’s sound?

A diverse blend of rock, metal and punk with chunky riffs and smoky vocals. We are keeping it real and sticking to our guns in the rock genre we don’t follow trends or rules but our own tastes and interests.

The acoustic ‘Baby Let Me Go’ is a bit of a departure from the band’s normal sound. What inspired you to go acoustic on this particular song and have you been pleased with the reactions to the song so far?

I guess it was our chance to strip back and bare all vocally and musically. This track is very close to my heart we wrote it acoustically a little while ago, it was my way of dealing with death and finally letting go.

We kept it acoustic and added string instruments by guest instrumentalist Chris Carmichael from Stonehurst Studios to bring out the emotion of the song. While it’s tender and not the ‘typical’ heavy rock side of our sound, we have had great reviews from it so far, hopefully proving we can win you over just as easily with our softer side.

In an ideal world who would you love to share a stage with and why?

Wow that’s a hard question their are too many, probably with “The Baby Animals”, they are a kick ass rock band, a huge inspiration growing up and I feel we would sit well together in a lineup.

You put a lot of thought into your videos, in that they are very visual and not the standard band playing poses. How important is YouTube in getting the band known more?

I feel it is really important to be visually interesting and exciting on stage and in our videos, It’s all part of the artistic package!! YouTube is a great way for people to experience the show without being there it’s got an amazing reach!

Where would Smoking Martha ideally like to be this time next year?

We are currently working on our second album so hopefully touring the UK again and the EU with the new release!!

Message for your fans…

We are just doing what we love and we are so excited to be able to share our music with you!

9th Nov – OXFORD, The Wheatsheaf
10th Nov – Hard Rock Hell
11th Nov – BLACKPOOL, Waterloo
15th Nov – IPSWICH, The Railway
16th Nov – NOTTINGHAM, Salutation Inn
17th Nov – GLOSSOP, The Globe
18th Nov – NEWPORT,The Patriot
21st Nov – NEWCASTLE, Trillians
22nd Nov – MANCHESTER, Gullivers
23rd Nov – DONCASTER, Woolpack Live
24th Nov – WAKEFIELD, Black Mass
25th Nov – GLASGOW, Ivory Blacks
29th Nov – BIRMINGHAM, The Flapper
30th Nov – LONDON, The Black Heart

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