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One question never changes...

Saturday, July 26 - Surgeon Marta are LIVE at the Five Star Bar in Downtown Los Angeles with special guests The Kingdom of Not, Kat & The Canaries, The Fire & The Phoenix and Galvarino!

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Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July from Surgeon Marta
Fireworks display by Chane
Stars & Stripes

Mercury has finally gone direct and yes dear friends so have we... Direct to your inbox. At last the astrological debris have settled and we want to wish you all a Wonderful July 4th!

Also, for those planning to be on the westside of Los Angeles on the evening of the 4th, tilt yer view towards the Hillcrest Country Club where Chane will be helping set off a seriously insane fireworks display.

I know, I know, Irishmen and explosives may seem a little counter intuitive, dangerous even - but this is America dammit and if an independent DIY punk rock musician wants to help us celebrate our independence, I say, “Why the hell not!?!”

Now assuming the westside doesn’t fall off into the ocean, we’re looking forward to see you all again for our upcoming LIVE gig on Sat. July 26th @ The Five Star Bar in Downtown LA.

Hugs & Suds!

Rx, Viv

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Speaking with the Dead

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Speaking with the Dead

SM Valentine Red Heart

Surgeon Marta's new single Speaking with the Dead

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Alcoholism and the Afterlife (a true story)

When confronted with experiences that are weird or supernatural most of us chose to pass them off as amusing tales to be shared in social gatherings but rarely worthy of serious examination. Such was the case with our resident “guitar abuser” Chane when recounting an incident from his drinking days in NYC.

“I stopped into one of my regular watering holes and the barman told me I’d been completely messed up the night before. Now I knew I had a few but didn’t think I was that bad. However his version of events had me buying drinks for and talking to someone on the empty barstool beside me!

‘Well why did you keep serving me I asked’?? ‘You kept tipping me’ he said ‘so I didn’t want to break up the conversation’!! Yeah he was an Irish bartender."

 Needless to say the story generated a few laughs but was soon forgotten about until last year when Vivian and Chane watched a show on one of the sci-fi channels detailing haunted locations in NYC.  Suddenly there it was, the bar, the spooky stories associated with it and the jogged memory of arguing with a Welshman about poetry...  or now as it turns out, the ghost of Dylan Thomas!!

Naturally pen was put to paper while vintage amps, pianos and guitars were gathered in a room. The result, an atmospheric punk noir jam (or as the mastering engineer commented, a “gothic bossa nova” called - Speaking with the Dead A.K.A “You Tell Me”

This track is available here as a FREE download from now till Nov 1st, it's official release date on iTunes.

Surgeon Marta will also be making two live appearances. The first on college radio KXLU, performing ghost stories and assorted tales of terror with special guest voice talent @ midnight on Wed 30th Oct (the eve of the eve itself). The second on Fri Nov 1st, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, in a full decibel hallucinogenic Peckinpah-esque freak out @ Trip, Santa Monica.

Rx,
SM

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The Novel Sound
Check out the cool review we got on The Novel Sound!

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The 3 B's

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The 3 B's

El Medico

When it comes to making music videos Surgeon Marta are guided by the simple “can do” philosophy of the 3B’s: BLOOD, BOOBS & BEDLAM.

Sure we encountered character-building obstacles along the way but we’ve found that the simultaneous ignition of gasoline and lighter fluid can bring joy and delight to pretty much any situation. However it must be said that if the going gets really tough it probably means you’re using a Nikon instead of a Canon.

So without further ado, here's a BIG THANKS to all the lunatics who helped make this happen!

Enjoy...

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Rx,            SM

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Something Nice

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Something Nice

Bibliodiscoteque

Bibliodiscoteque reviews Surgeon MartaIt's always great to get positive feedback, it's even better to receive sparking reviews...

The graciously eloquent Erik Carlson of Bibliodiscoteque has spoiled us. Read his review on Race to the Red HERE and Do You Say Your Prayers At Night? HERE

Rx, SM 

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5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

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5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

Rx, SM

Surgeon Marta's 5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

While the holidays are generally a time of festive merriment, the season can also be a huge source of ulcer inducing stress. The pressure and drama with family and friends, the crush and obligation of last minute spending, angry crowds and for many a LONG journey home can leave you reeling with anxiety and unrest.

That’s why SURGEON MARTA recommends the liberal application of the following Holiday Stress Busting Remedies...

Guinness Black in Blue 1) Alcohol
Sit back with a cold one! We initially called this The Black in Black but after Katie Taylor punched her way to Olympic Gold, we renamed it the Black & Blue. What is it you ask? Why, the simplest drink you ever mixed: Take one bottle of Guinness Draught and one bottle of Guinness Black Lager combine in a frosty mug for the steroidal oomph that the Stout World has been waiting for.
(TIP - Great refresher after fisticuffs with annoying sibling)
The Day of the Beast (Spanish: ‘El día de la Bestia’) 2) Holiday Movies
Tired of miracles on whatever fecking street or that damned Charlie kid and his lame tree? Neighbor too Grinch-y to share their Netflix account info? Relax, we have the perfect movie for you and it’s FREE! Álex de la Iglesia’s The Day of the Beast (Spanish: 'El día de la Bestia') is available in its entirety on YouTube and is hands-down THE BEST Christmas move EVER! (TIP – Gained the reputation as a notorious drinking game for every time you hear the word, “FUERTE!")
Dry Ice Water Bottle Bomb 3) Blow Shit Up
It’s been statically proven that loud bangs can improve your standing with younger siblings/cousins and nieces/nephews by 200%. Now assuming you have the adult credentials to conduct such an experiment, take one plastic bottle, mix with water and dry ice and stand WAY back for one hell of a, “Where did the bottle go?!?” explosion. (TIP - We in no way endorse the construction of said items and would remind readers that courtesy of the Patriot Act possession of such items will probably land you in the big house as a societal malcontent. Oh and you're gonna shoot your eye out.)
Horse Shit 4) Better Than Coal
Work for a real shit? Then send them a taste of their own medicine! Horse Shit on a Silver Platter delivered to their door anonymously. Click HERE for more details. (TIP – Don’t even think of sending this to us, we have a dry ice maker.)
Do You Say Your Prayers At Night? 5) Music
What better way to unwind and share the Xmas love then to give the gift of great music? Send your family, friends & relatives over to SurgeonMarta.com to sign up for FREE tunes, cool swag and blog advice for all that ails thee. (TIP – Dancing around the house naked covered in red goo absolutely enhances the listening experience... Aaaaoooogh! Rx, SM)

Surgeon Marta's 5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress
Surgeon Marta's 5 Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

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Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

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Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Howling at The Moon

"Surgeon Marta may have lost their minds but they’ve definitely found their soul. - Woodsman Monthly
DO YOU SAY YOUR PRAYERS AT NIGHT is spooky, ambitious, melodic and delicious. - Tooth & Claw
Lycanthropy has never sounded so angelic or seductive but watch out... 
like the fabled sirens of old this cat’s got claws!!"
- The Lupine News

As a love letter to Lon Chaney Jr. and all things that go bump in the night,
we're excited to share with you our first new release since Race To The Red!

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and DIRECTLY FROM US!

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/65774219" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

Also, be sure to check out the music video...

Rx,
    SM

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Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

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Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Howling at The Moon

"Surgeon Marta may have lost their minds but they’ve definitely found their soul. - Woodsman Monthly
DO YOU SAY YOUR PRAYERS AT NIGHT is spooky, ambitious, melodic and delicious. - Tooth & Claw
Lycanthropy has never sounded so angelic or seductive but watch out... 
like the fabled sirens of old this cat’s got claws!!"
- The Lupine News

As a love letter to Lon Chaney Jr. and all things that go bump in the night,
we're excited to share with you our first new release since Race To The Red!

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and DIRECTLY FROM US!

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/65774219" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

Also, be sure to check out the music video...

Rx,
    SM

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It Takes Two

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It Takes Two

Magnuson Band

We'll be the first to admit that living in an abandoned mental hospital isn't for everybody but it's been a dream come true for us and surprisingly we even found some roommates! Although we've been busy with renovations, playing shows and working on new SM material we finally had a free moment to sit down and chat with our new roomies, a power-duo called Magnuson. So, here's the low-down and be sure to check these guys out! Rx, SM

The Magnuson Interview

Surgeon Marta: So of course the first question will always be.... Where and how did you guys meet? In Magnuson's case was music already a part of your individual lives, bands, open mics, etc…?

Greg Magnuson: We were both playing music separately and had grown up playing music. We met while playing on worship team in San Diego. I always wanted to talk to her but couldn't come up with anything to say but we ended up sharing a microphone one day. After that, she realized she was friends with my drummer and that gave us that common element to start up a conversation. We gradually got closer as she gave me a critical review of the "Last Days" album I was finishing at the time. Then she sang with us at the San Diego Fair. Then, our drummer quit and I had to move to drums so, she joined the band as rhythm guitarist and vocalist.

SM: Magnuson wasn't always a dynamic duo.  a) - What led to this direction?  b) - How difficult was it to make the change?  c) - And in particular create the sound/s you wanted to make????

GM: Magnuson has been a "project" since 2003 and the whole time it has been challenging to keep a group of people together that had the same goals and ambition. It went from a solo acoustic act, to a duo, to 4 piece, then 5 piece, then 3 piece. There were occasionally shows where the drummer couldn't play and Kyrsten and I would just play as a 2 piece and we were surprised by the response we got. We started to make some serious progress when we released our EP "The Struggle Within" but right at the point we decided to start touring, we realized we didn't have the same vision as our drummer. So, one month before our tour started, we reworked our entire set into our official duo line up. It was challenging because we had to really step up our game and take it more seriously. We also had to revamp our guitar sound to give it more beef. Aside from that though, it was really easy. Now we can do what we want because we are on the same page.

SM: Musical influences!!!  From Morrissey to Metallica to psychedelic folk it seems like you guys do it all! Was there, a) – A conscious decision to explore such a broad palette within the framework of the band or b) - simply, "Whatever we write.... It's a Magnuson song! "

GM: Well, I've always liked the vocals of Morrissey, his phrasing and lyrical content really helped me through a lot of my growing up. But I really learned to play guitar doing Metallica and Sex Pistols covers. Same with when I learned bass, Primus was my go to. As a result, I've always straddled different genres when writing songs. We like to sing as well so that sets us apart from a lot of the heavier bands we are influenced by. We're not death metal. So, our goal has always been to try to write songs that are musically interesting but have singable vocals. Wherever that leads us, we follow and then promptly label it "Magnuson".

SM: Greg you recorded/produced the new Magnuson LP "Crash of Cassini"  a) - How difficult was the process + what set up did you use ?  b) - Was this a budgetary or creative control issue?  c) - Any advise to other bands thinking of going the DIY route?

GM: Ahh, recording. Well, I have always had ideas of what I wanted to hear in recordings. When we write songs, we both hear fairly well formed ideas. So we know what we want and sometimes, if it differs from what someone else wants, it can be difficult. In this case, we were still kind of solidifying our 2 piece sound so we thought it would be good to go at our own pace and have the ability to produce what we wanted. We ran the numbers and a Pro Tools LE rig along with a Mac Book Pro was about the same price as what we had spent recording our 4 song EP. So, we decided to make the investment in our own studio. We did all the tracking in our second bedroom and it was actually kind of challenging. When you can redo any part you want any time, it kind of consumes your life. But, we worked hard most of 2010 to get everything tracked. After I spent about 3 months mixing, I decided to have a friend to the final mix and master. But, we saved money in the long run and are very pleased with our cost vs. quality ratio.

SM: Magnuson are known for multiple mid set instrument swaps and hi-decibel mayhem.  How would you describe your live show to audiences that have never seen you before?

GM: I would describe our show as 5 for the price of 2. We both sing pretty much the whole time in addition to playing guitar and drums so we sound like a full band. We had so many people on tour say after the shows, "We heard you outside and it sounded like a full band!" That's a good feeling. But straight to the point, it's a rock show that proves not all prog bands are boring. You can sing along to a song and connect with it as a listener and you can also experience some powerful prog rock… or metal as some have said. Maybe you could say we're an indie band on steroids? Just come check out a show and see what you think!

SM: Magnuson just finished a tour of the Western United States and the first thing we all need to know, did you play naked in Salt Lake City? OK only half kidding but seriously what was audience reaction to your live shows? Any favorite venues or towns? Best Show of the tour? Craziest/strangest tour moment? And what's up with the crab photos / explain crabbing?

GM: Okay, we did not play naked in SLC. Actually, we almost didn't play at all! When I contacted the venue about our load in time, they said, "Oh sorry, we over booked the night... Sorry." So, I got on the phone and booked us at The Dawg Pound and we had a freaking blast! Seriously, those guys know how to party. That was one of our best shows. My favorite city was Portland. So many great people there and the food and scenery are amazing. All the audiences seemed to have a blast as did we. We can't wait to go back. As far as strange moments, we had quite a few! The after party in Seattle, watching the Dutch band Death Letters we were touring with drink Four Loko was hilarious! Crabbing came about because our first band to band bonding moment on tour was talking about the hilarity of the "crab core" genre. So we just started taking pictures of us "crabbing" on everything! When the bands parted ways in Idaho, we got the idea to challenge each other. The van crabbing pic was pretty much the highlight, but we have some Vegas shots yet to unleash. When the tour was over we found out there's a Facebook group of people that "crab" - its like, a thing! And they made us their main photo! WINNING!!!!!

SM: Finally Surgeon Marta would like to thank Greg and Kyrsten for taking us up on the offer to move into our hospital HQ. Clearly the building is haunted seven ways to Sunday and we have to ask have either of you experienced any supernatural influences creeping into your creative work since the move?

Interview Note:  After we asked this question the color left Greg's face, he shuffled nervously and handed us this battered videotape which contained the following footage.  The strangest thing is, almost exactly as we were done watching it, the phone rang and we heard a child's voice say "seven days..."  Weird right?

UPDATE:

Earlier this year Greg was on a Swedish reality TV show called, Allt för Sverige where Americans of Swedish descent competed with each other for a chance to meet living relatives. Below are the episodes that have already aired - stay tuned for more! Rx, SM

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