As a seasoned musician, multi-instrumentalist and accomplished performer, Melbourne’s Nicholas Martyn has lent his complex drumming wizardry to some of Melbourne’s most beloved acts. Since 2014, the prolific songwriter, producer, vocalist and sole performer began creating his own unique blend of genre-defying percussive explorations under, Las Mar. Releasing an EP and an LP in his first two years and staying relatively quiet ever since Las Mar is finally back with new music and thrilled to present his latest psychedelic art-pop trip, ‘Weekend Repair’, taken from his forthcoming album to be released later in 2020.
Out via Ditto today, the new single showcases Las Mar’s signature beat oddities beneath angelic yet urgent vocals, textured guitars and funk-driven basslines, in a frenetic gathering of organised chaos. Enveloped in a big chorus and even bigger finish, ‘Weekend Repair’s’ subtle rhythm shifts and deep grooves are as original and infectious as ever with lyrics paying homage to shedding skin, personal and collective growth and the ultimate search for survival in a rapidly shifting world.
“I wrote this song about the moves we must make to survive in a rapidly changing world. It’s a song for wiping the slate clean (or life doing it for you) and being pushed into personal growth. It’s also about parting ways with obsolete ways of thinking, stagnant ideas or damaging relationships. To break a cycle takes force and will-power – Weekend Repair pays homage to the movements, and individuals, that must gather this force to succeed. Percussion heavy drumming and sharp guitars create the perfect undertow for exposed, urgent vocals. my usual polyrhythms are more subtle here in favour of a pumping, bass-driven momentum and a big final chorus.” – Las Mar
Cutting his teeth in Melbourne’s thriving live scene led to working with some of Australia’s most highly regarded musicians such as Gotye, D.D Dumbo, Matt Corby, Nai Palm, Husky and Barney McAll. Nick was also a founding member of acclaimed outfit Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes and has toured with them extensively throughout the US and Europe. In the midst of all this Nick was compelled to create a unique project, something to call “home”, a journey into his DIY recording of borrowed instruments and microphones, and fusing disparate influences like Sonic Youth, Aphex Twin, Cornelius and Miles Davis into one artistic voice. Thus, Las Mar was born. From his first release, Las Mar has continued to forge a completely singular sound, funnelling post-rock epicness, Afrobeat funkiness, twisted beats and general trippiness into songs you can hold on to and live improvisations you wish you could bottle up for a rainy day. Now the epic live performer is thrilled to announce a specially recorded performance Live at The Grove airing online Thursday 23 July on YouTube. You won’t want to miss it.