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Sweet as Honey

by Smoking Martha

Vintage tinged rock n soul fronted by the enigmatic Tasha D "a vocal melange of Gwen Stefani, Janis Joplin and Robert Plant…with the stage presence of Cassandra from Wayne’s World."
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Aptly named, the only word to describe this group is smokin’. Like the smouldering heat from a well-tended fire, the eclectic rock punk outfit known as Smoking Martha has the intensity to scorch your best shirt but the discretion to spare your eyebrows.

Born of sultry songstress Tasha D and guitarist Mick Broome's combined love of raw rock n roll and passionate music, Smoking Martha united with the help of like minded Brisbane & Gold Coast musos that have complemented their energetic electric rock style.

Since forming mid 2012 the band has played shows in iconic Melbourne venues The Cherry Bar, Vineyard & the Barwon Club, Brisbane’s HiFi Bar & Gold Coasts Hard Rock Cafe. They were invited to play the West End Boundary St Bloc Party and headlined the Mollison St stage, and have supported veteran US act Everclear.

The band is preparing to record their a 5 track EP, heading into the studio in June with Ian Haug (Powderfinger) at the helm.

Smoking Martha’s shows are an opportunity for punters to get up close and personal with the group’s raw, inimitable style live – an experience that’s definitely not to be missed.



“As the support act “Smoking Martha” took to the stage, I instantly became aware that I was going to see some incredible talent. Though only formed in the last year, Smoking Martha play as if they’ve been playing together for years, all of the members generating an extraordinary amount of energy which was met with unwavering enthusiasm by the audience. A special mention needs to go out to the lead vocalist Tasha. Tasha powerfully captures the audience’s attention through her incredibly dynamic stage presence, this young woman can own a stage like no other, and once you are drawn in, she keeps your attention with her dark and powerful voice, a voice I can only describe as that of a dominatrix angel. (Seriously…you need to hear it…stop facebooking right now and check them out).”
TraxxRadio.com - May 2013.

“Smoking Martha’s music can best be summed up as featuring divine dips and dives and pulled back riffs that tease before they hit overdrive again. This band is so “no guts – no glory”. Each of the five members adds their own personality to create this great fusion of music – this band has a stage presence that demands attention. Tasha knows how to work the crowd – she has a great sense of humour – watch out for Smoking Martha – they are destined to climb the rock and roll ladder. With more experience under their belts, Smoking Martha will definitely become smoking hot. If you want to sample a taste of their music look out for “Bad Choices” and “Ebb of The Tide”.”

“Smoking Martha were one of the first acts to thrill the crowd with their raw rock n roll beat and in-your-face melodies. The collaboration of the drums and electric guitar proved to be too much for the crowd to contain, who were on the dance floor in seconds.”
CANDYSHOPTV.COM, February 2013

“Tasha D from Brisbane band Smoking Martha is one of the most talented vocalists I’ve ever had the buzz of seeing perform live. As someone particularly interested in powerful female musicians, Tasha was an exciting discovery for me. When I first came across Smoking Martha at a mutual gig, I had the sense of watching something big in the making. Here was a bona fide star, the kind that I could see taking not only local, but international, audiences by storm. (And the kind I can imagine would impress even the most critical of vocal reality shows floating around TV, and deservedly so).

Tasha immediately struck me as a vocal melange of Gwen Stefani, Janis Joplin and Robert Plant…with the stage presence of Cassandra from Wayne’s World. Her tight, polished band has chosen an apt name in ‘Smoking Martha’…their vintage-tinged rock’n'soul performance is a fire that smoulders, warping your senses with waves of heat…sparking, hissing, teasing, and occasionally igniting into a full-blown blaze.”

“trust me, you’ve gotta see this band perform live…”
HEAVY & WEIRD – January 2013

“Since emerging as one of Brisbane’s newest independent local Rock sensations in early 2012, Smoking Martha has reignited Brisbane’s fading Rock culture – bringing their ‘eclectic rock punk’ sound to clubs and pubs throughout the country – including their recent triumphant performance on October 11 as support act for well-known American Rock band Everclear.”
LALABAZAAR.COM, November 2012

“The Sweet’s 1973 hit (Ballroom Blitz) is kind of tough to sing: you’ve got to have humour, gravel, sauce and belt-range all up in your voice to get it right. And if you want to hear it done so right, check out Smoking Martha’s own nightingale Tasha absolutely killing it on the band’s Facebook page. It’s an apposite intro to what you can expect from Smoking Martha’s original wares, which mesh Tasha’s one-of-a-kind voice with dynamic rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electric lead breaks and one enormous metal- and jazz-fuelled drummer named Pablo.”
BEAT MAGAZINE, Melbourne – June 2012



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