Happy Martyr : album review
‘One Square Mile’
released January 30th 2012
The Debut Album of Happy Martyr, is an amalgamation of sorts by Alex Lusty (Also of Frigid Vinegar and Punk Rap Outfit, Who Shot Who?) and Boz Boorer (The Polecats and Morrissey). Bringing, between them an eclectic and unlikely mix of Hip hop, Rap, Rockabilly and Punk to their new musical adventure, Alex and Boz have worked a marvel in feeding the eager ears of their audience, an organic and dirty no holds barred and rebellious slam rap pack slap back in your ego sound.
The Opening track on their almost invisible gem, titled; Kiss me like you stole it, is testament that Alex is Lusty by name and Lusty by nature. With trials and tribulations of romance, lust, and passion, The Happy Martyr opening track will certainly dance the dance in the dance off to be the anthem of the hardcore man who woes with style.
The second track on One Square Mile, titled; Rusty Nails is the sound of Boz. A slice of musical greatness; Boz is the cream that rose to the top on this track, with Alex seething off about being a Veteran of Disappointment. I’ve yet to find that veteran inside this album.
Track 3, Titled; Now I know, is another welcoming surprise of romance and schoolboy crushes, rapped with a hint of melodic alto, alto and danger. Having pulled myself together from all the wandering lust and such and skipping onto track 6 from One Square Mile, titled; Painkillers, the debut single from One Square Mile, struck my semi open consciousness as a declaration of loneliness, with a little winning and sometimes losing in the fight against deep scar hurt, rapped passionately by Alex, This track is a favourite of mine on the Album and on par with track 8, in the favourite stakes, titled; It never rains, it pours. Stealing my attention completely, this happy/sad number, smothered in slam by the man, who goes back to Old Skool Alex Bearing the heavy bag of track 8 on his shoulders. Track 10 on One Square Mile, titled; Sleep Tight, is the hit of hits amongst the Happy Martyr Fans/followers/foes. As the 13 track Album neared its end, I expected no more surprises. A classic case of expecting the unexpected ensued with track 12, titled; You Bore me, completely knocking my stockings off. With almost articulate direction to the P.C. clad self adorationers (It could be any of us), Alex gives the name Bitch a whole new gender. The soothing, subtle sound of Boz is overshadowed by a tongue lashing of torment by Alex. I played this track a few times consistently, in the hope of releasing some anger within I… I’m not angry. The bitch is a he.
Last and Lucky number 13 on the Album, titled; Old Skool, is my ultimate favourite form the Masters of many sounds, with roving, raw, rebellious punk rap hues and highlights, this has all the in the mix of a hit record if fallen unto the right (Left) ears. Lyrics that may well have found a place upon the rooftop of number 10 by Old Skool punks during the Thatcherite days of thunder; “Unemployed War Mongers son. I love it when they look at me like I’m scum.” and Alex hit the nail firmly on the head when he chanted; ‘There’s no fool, like an old fool.’ This track is special. Old Skool is back. One Square Mile, by Happy Martyr, released January 30th 2012