"Please, rock is dead, until a four-piece like this resurrects it by virtue of sheer infatuation and zeal." -The Georgia Straight (Adrian Mack)
"...riffmongers Like A Martyr are serious contenders for the title of Vancouver's most kick-ass new rock band." -The Georgia Straight (Steve Newton)
"This is good time hard rock at it’s best...Like A Martyr brings to mind bar room fights, summertime drinking and tawdry love affairs with fast women..." The Discorder (Nathan Pike)
With their reputation as an unrelentingly gutsy rock ‘n roll band firmly in tact, Like A Martyr has released its newest single, entitled “Black and Blue”. The powerful and infectious rock anthem explodes with contagious vocal hooks, roaring guitars and thunderous drums. It is the latest addition to a catalogue that is fresh, unflagging and decidedly forward-looking.
Since forming the band in 2005, cousins Jeremy Allingham and Ben Henthorne have spent countless thousands of hours practicing the shit out of their instruments, writing and recording dingy basement demos, and honing their sound to the point of obsession. Though their relationship can often be referred to as “Gallagher-esque” (complete with shouting matches, smashed gear tantrums and pointed hunting knives) theirs is a creative vision that may seem divergent, but almost always results in superior composition in spite, or because of, endless creative struggles. Joining the band one year later on bass, Matt Denny-Keys brought calm, perspective and unclouded focus to a sometimes dangerously unbalanced ship. These three founders and charter members have been referred to as “tireless, perfectionist, malcontents hell bent on achieving their vision.”
Like A Martyr’s ability to create consistently gutsy rock ‘n roll is no accident. The band’s life in rock started early and was reinforced often. Allingham’s dad earned a living teaching high school kids covers of CCR, Elvis and JJ Cale, while Henthorne’s dad played bass in a lights out cover band whose bread and butter was a heavy dose of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and 60s soul classics. Denny-Keys’ dad’s record collection sprawled from room to room, meticulously including all essential rock ‘n roll listening, from The Stones to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix to Buddy Holly and back again.
Like A Martyr is a lifetime of rock ‘n roll, spilled out with every last ounce of sweat, instinct, swagger and passion in their veins. It is broken strings. It is calloused hands. It is miles of endless road. It is sold out gigs and empty rooms. It’s a full bottle of whiskey. It’s an empty bottle of whiskey. It is fireside ballads and balls out rock anthems. It is, rock ‘n roll.
Like A Martyr finished in the Top 20 in CFOX's Vancouver Seeds in 2009 and 2010. They hope to improve on that effort this year.
Band MembersJeremy - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ben - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Matt - Bass/Vocals
Alex - Drums