Indie Music Artist Profile: Martyrs

photo by cara robbins

MZ was totally lit by this record when it landed on our doorstep.  Martyrs are a young band out there to rock the young ones.  Brilliantly executed classic vintage recording techniques that sound fuzzy and fat as Electric Ladyland (“Shooting Star”) without ever feeling lo-fi, and with all the vitality of an early Ween (“Tales of a Humble Man”) or Jellyfish (“What’s A Boy To Do”) record, these legitimately melodic young punks are going to shake things up wherever they touch down.  Seriously, get on this monorail before you’re left eating your soggy hot dog back at the bus shelter.

MusicZeitgeist: Who?

Kyle Nicolaides/howls/guitar
Avery Wheeler/bass
Joey Benenati/drums/good looks

The music is for people who like to tremble and shake at live shows, find us attractive, like loud drums guitar and bass, and don’t mind a few guitar solos or two. If you like the Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana, you won’t like us.  Sorry.

MZ: What?

We play loud garage rock. Rock’n’Roll. You can choose the comparisons. We’re out to make kids dance and scream and constantly seek to push ourselves creatively as writers and musicians. The music we play has a push and edge to it. It’s really quite intense and different from most other rock music out there today.

We’re going to take the lead and say that we are the next generation of young rock and roll. There’s a void in the modern day rock scene, being that there are not enough young rock bands that kids can look up to. It’s a void that we are going to try and fill. In April of 2009, we self-released our first album, which we recorded entirely ourselves in my house. Indie right? We then threw a party.

Our live shows are like 1920 religious revivals. People cry, tremble, hit things, their eyes roll back into their heads… its very emotional and by the end of the set, everyone is near collapsing and out of air. Its a scene to witness.

MZ: Why?

Someone has to make those 13 year old girls twist and shout, right?

MZ: Until When?

Until we are:

A. Dead
B. Deaf
C. Get over the whole music thing.
D. Realize our true passion of quilt-making.

MZ: Where?

We all come from Santa Barbara, but we got bored and moved to L.A., which turns out to be a bigger drag, but it’s alright cos there’s a lot going on and a happening music scene.
So we live in L.A now and are playing around the city. We are always looking for shows, so if you want to book us, we’re all pretty nice guys and will give you a fantastic show. We’re also looking for an in/slot at SXSW….if anyone can help.

Listen now to “‘Sweet Girl” by Martyrs at

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