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A Nasty Nine with CHARLES MARTIN from THE ROCKY VALENTINES – March 2024

| 31 March 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Rocky Valentines recently announced the release of their debut album Erase via Tooth & Nail Records on March 29. The album was mixed by Bob Hoag (The Ataris, Fine China) and mastered by Jason Livermore (Descendents, All, NOFX), and features artwork by Jake Quintanar. The band is “all in the family,” as singer Charles Martin is the son of Jason Martin of longtime T&N band Starflyer 59. In fact, they released a split, four-song EP on the label last year.” We get Charles to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

This is going to be my very first full length record, so I’m very excited about it. The loud distorted guitars are the types of tones I have really wanted to incorporate in my music for a while, so I’m stoked on how they turned out. There’s not really any hidden nuggets in the material for the most part. They’re just some songs I wrote about past life experiences.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My dad is the main person who got me into music, because my whole life I would see him playing guitar with his buddies and putting out songs. I always looked up to him in that sense. But the specific moment I realized I wanted to become a musician was when my dad showed me the song ‘N.I.B.” by Black Sabbath. It was the first time I had heard it, and the slow but dark rhythmic feel of it just hit me. At that moment I told myself that I wanted to write guitar riffs like that and start playing guitar. That song really did something for me.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

“N.I.B.” by Black Sabbath.

4. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

Outside of music I really enjoy riding my bike around town. It’s always been a nice way for me to unwind and get things off my mind.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would describe my music as simple chord rock to someone who had never heard it before. This is because there are so many genres out there, and it’s hard to label your music so specifically. But for the most part if you really listen to it, it’s just simple rock and roll riffs with a couple leads here and there.

6. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

The Rocky Valentines is a solo band with just me.

7. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

The last time I was starstruck was when I heard the band Charley Bliss. The chord changes, the vocals, and the drums all blew me away on their full length Guppy.

8. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part of being a musician to me is writing a riff and seeing the whole process of it come together into a song. Once I know I have a cool guitar part, the drums and vocals follow immediately after. It’s a very cool feeling when you know it didn’t exist prior to when it came to your head. And if I could no longer be a musician, my dream job would be to take over my dad’s trucking company.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Back in high school I played drums in a band called Lacker. For our first release, we decided to put out a 4 song EP. I was super stoked on how it turned out at the time, but now listening to it again makes me cringe. The reason behind this is because I have progressed over the years in my drumming, so now when I listen back I feel like I could have done such a better job on the songs. Every time I listen to them, I wish I could go in a time machine and play them with the abilities I have now. But like my dad always tells me, it was a moment in time. In other words, whatever was played at the time was meant to be played that way. I guess me playing those songs at a younger age gave them some youth and character.



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