Catch Josh Martinez live when he performs at the Northern on November 9 as he tours across Canada in November and December. His new album Blotto was digitally released on October 29 and will be physically released on November 19. Josh Martinez, affectionately recognized as one half of The Chicharones, whose darn catchy Samsung S4 online video for their song Hi Hey Hello spiked over 4 million views this summer, is back and better than ever with his second solo effort, Blotto.
With over 100,000 albums sold worldwide, this road warrior survived the entire Warped Tour in 2012 and lived to tell the tale! Co-produced by legendary director and producer, Stuey Kubrick, and songwriting savant, Sapient, Blotto features guest appearances from Ceschi, Stevie Ross, Sapient and Evil Ebenezer. Weaving epic musicality with a master storyteller’s instinct, the production is layered and melodic, the lyrics biting and raw, and Martinez’s voice, broken and uplifting.
Blotto picks up right where Josh’s previous release, would end up: lonely and unsatisfied. Blotto is about when heartbreak leads you on a multi-year bitter bender blackout. It’s about the journey through the fire, the ashes and the ghosts of the dream, towards an uncertain redemption. Josh Martinez is awash in heartbreak and confusion.
A workaholic in pain, he threw himself fully into work. Endless tour schedules on his own and with his group The Chicharones. Months packed away in studio sessions, multiple album campaigns, building and managing the roster of Camobear Records, navigating deals, broken promises and pivotal relationships lost in the wake. Blotto.
The only cure for this bitter hurt was to get as far away as possible from everything you know. Martinez left his home in Canada, on a quest for opportunity, a clean slate and the pursuit of the American Dream. He landed in the endless gray of the Pacific Northwest, starting over with nothing but a penchant for self-destruction and a handful of friends and enemies. What to do? Refuse to make the easy choices and suffer all the consequences? The devil wants your soul. And he can have it for a song.
Check him out at http://joshmartinez.ca.