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1st review of Them Martyrs’ Wretched EP

From CVLT Nation:

“For a few years now Galway has been fertile ground for the cream of Ireland’s hardcore crop from steady hands like that of Bacchus’ crusty belligerence coming to the fore in last year’s stunning LP to more newer output in the likes of Vagrants and SwineThem Martyrs have been a pillar of that scene too for many years, with two releases under the old name Les Christpunchers and 2010’s vibrant “French Extremity” album, the melodic hardcore five-piece have returned once again with a 12” EP in “Wretched”, just four new songs but quite possibly the four best songs that Them Martyrs have unleashed on the world.

Gradually over their releases, the band has allowed something of a post metal influence to seep into their sound, one that creates an altogether more dramatic and breath-taking show. On “Wretched” much of that blooms with aplomb as the band unfurl a new, and altogether staggering, effort.

With just four tracks, Them Martyrs clearly know the importance of quality not quantity. This concise EP has absolutely no filler whatsoever and with a beautifully clean production job that gives their expansive riffs all the room in the world to breathe and flourish, there’s little to fault in its execution.

Opener, “Abort” sets the tone straight away. The musicianship is sharp and precise with myriad riffs and towering soundscapes peeled off with the greatest of ease while the vocals sway between throaty screams and hypnotic singing. The emotionally charged passages of each song totally drag you into this EP’s throes. “Sleep Away Days” meanwhile is a track that captures the essence of “Wretched”. Initially proceeding with a deeply melancholic intro that courses into beautifully lush instrumental passages, the song eventually erupts with equal levels of poignancy and fury. To close then is “Black Masking”, rounding off the album in, once again, stunning fashion.

Them Martyrs have never really put a foot wrong and “Wretched” is further proof of that, another step in the evolution of their sound that’s doesn’t sacrifice any of the raw aggression and emotion that also characterises previous efforts.”

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Them Martyrs – Wretched 12″ EP available

We’ve got the new 12″ release by Irish hardcore heroes THEM MARTYRS (formerly Les Christpunchers). The 4-song EP packs a deadly dose of melodic post-metal hardcore. Released jointly with Randall Records (Ireland), the 12″ vinyl is available for only $10 ppd. Check it out!

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Dott – Button EP!!!!!

OH WOW! We are so excited to announce that we are the exclusive North American distributor of the debut EP by the amazing Galway, Ireland group Dott! Dott play shiney, harmony driven garage pop and they are getting rave reviews. Dott is lead by songwriter Anna McCarthy (guitar/vocals) with Laura Finnegan (bass), Nicola Cosgrove (guitar) and Tony Higgins (drums). The debut EP, Button, was released by Dublin-based Popical Island, but we’ve worked out a deal to distribute it in North America. Check out the specifics under the ‘Releases’ page.

If you wanna get a taste of the awesome that is Dott, check out their video for “Let’s Do It”:

“Glowing garage pop, catchy and super fun” Niall Byrne, Nialler9.com

“Sunny garage rock with dash, shizzle and superfly choruses from Galway-based underground supergroup” Jim Carrol, On the Record, The Irish Times.

Four song EP on CD for only $5 ppd.

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Compilation charity CD for Aceh punk community

We contributed a track to this compilation CD for the Aceh punk community that were detained and ‘re-educated’ by authorities last December — Sivle Si Dog’s “Punk Rock Ruined My Wardrobe” just seemed so appropriate. There are lots of other great bands on here, so check it out.

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Oh shit, 2012 is gonna be BIG

Just an update. Well, really a warning. We got lots of things in the air for 2012. One thing that looks certain is a split 7 inch from one of Ireland’s best hardcore bands, Them Martyrs. Another is a (full-length?) release from one of our established bands and a possible EP from another. And a number of other possible releases that I am too excited to even mention because I don’t want to jinx the deal(s). So get ready, 2012 looks to be big for Girth Records.

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Yet another positive review of RUBBER CUSHIONS

“a pretty solid slab of heavy garage punk. Immediately brings to mind the Mono Men and the Nomads, which is certainly fine with me. White vinyl single, download code, this is twenty-first century, heavy garage for all the hot rodders out there missing the Scandi rawk revolution.” – Mike Frame; Razorcake (yes, that is the 3rd review of the 7″ in the great Razorcake)

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