Martha's Trouble | Forget October

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Forget October

by Martha's Trouble

A mix of songs about honest experiences and real people, a contemporary acoustic production with some edge, female vocals that are her own, and unforgettable.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. City Skyline
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2. Don't Hide Away
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3. I Know
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4. Waverly
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5. Through the Mystery
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6. Sign of Life
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7. Cold Rain
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8. Forget October
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9. Sweet Irene
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10. Waiting
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11. Keri
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12. She Hears a Train
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When they released Sleeping Dogs two years ago, Rob and Jen Slocumb were simply hoping to make a good record that would sell.

They had worked to produce a disc that would attract attention from bigger record labels and make Martha's Trouble a more recognizable entity on the folk music scene.

The Canadian music duo got what they were bargaining for, and much more.

Sleeping Dogs is MT's best selling release to date, and has garnered its fair share of attention with movers and shakers in the folk music industry.

"That record got us in the door with people," said Rob, who manages the day-to-day business aspects for the husband-wife team.

The effort grabbed rave reviews and earned Martha's Trouble some hard to land festival dates where the couple have rubbed elbows with stellar artists like Greg Brown.

The CD got the attention of booking agents and even landed a tune, Some Peace Tonight, in a CBS movie starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenbergen.

Now, Rob and Jen Slocumb are poised for even greater success with their new release entitled Forget October.

"This disc represents a departure for us," said Jen Slocumb, lead vocalist for the group. "We've taken some chances artistically, and these songs reflect our creative growth."

The Slocumbs' paths converged in Houston a decade ago, and when they met there was an almost instantaneous recognition that they would make beautiful music together.

Jen was born and raised in Canada, while Rob, whose father was an executive with Texaco, moved about the southeastern United States throughout his childhood.

Neither one has any formal music training, but they've got more want-to than most groups plying their trade out there on the circuit.

This attitude shows up in their music, which chronicles their life and times, and whose tone isn't the least bit pretentious.

"We just try to be real and personal with our songs," said Jen. "Rob and I make music from our hearts and we share it with our audiences as though they were friends we haven't seen in a while."



LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FORGET OCTOBER SESSIONS.

ROB: We recorded at Hollow Reed Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a great set-up this time around because the whole house had been converted to a studio with a guest room. So, we could live, eat and work all in the same place.

JEN: We wanted to work with the same producers, Chris Rosser and Jerry York since there seems to be great chemistry when the four of us commence on a project. For this record we wanted to expand a bit, and bring in some other musicians but the only guest turned out to be River Guerguerian who played all the drums on the record.

WHAT WAS YOUR APPROACH TO THE RECORDING PROCESS?

JEN: Our approach was pretty simple. We wanted to make the best record we could with as much tasteful production as possible. Adding drums would be significant because our last three albums were percussion only. Along with that we wanted to experiment with different synth sounds and electric sounds and see how we could incorporate them into these 12 songs. The trick would be do this in a way in which we didn't lose our sound, but only evolved it.

WAS 'EVOLVING' AN ISSUE FOR YOU?

ROB: Yes, an important one. We didn't want to lose who we were or alienate our fans. They've been accustomed to something a little less complicated production-wise.

WHAT WERE SOME OTHER FACTORS THAT MADE THIS RECORDING DIFFERENT?

JEN: Well, one important factor was being able to take our time with the recording. We had the opportunity to get away from it many times and come back to the studio with a clear focus. This is something we haven't done in the past and it allowed the tracks to breathe a little more.

TALK TO ME ABOUT THE RECORDING PROCESS. OBVIOUSLY, ALLOWING FOR MORE TIME TO MAKE CREATIVE DECISIONS CHANGED YOUR APPROACH.

ROB: We wanted to take our time with this album and not be on any deadline. Our thinking with this is that we could really make a good record. So we started around Thanksgiving last year and did a little pre-production with our producers and then laid the drums down. During the month of December we spent time at the studio laying down parts while trying to maintain a busy tour schedule. Once we got all the parts down we did a rough mix and then a couple of final mixes.

ANY PARTICULAR SESSIONS STAND OUT FOR YOU?

ROB: For She Hear's A Train, we decided to go with a spare arrangement, just piano & voice. So for this, we thought it would be nice to find a studio with a grand piano. We took an evening and went to Charlotte, NC and recorded the song at the Acoustic Barn studio. The recording of that song that night was very moving.

ONCE RECORDING WAS FINISHED, YOU STILL HAD TO MIX AND MASTER. CARE TO ELABORATE ON THAT PROCESS.

ROB: We finished mixing in March, and mastering was done in early April by Bob Boyd at Ambient Digital in Houston. Mastering is a process that is the final critical stage in making a beautiful-sounding recording, sort of like polishing the car. It brings out the shine. (Laughs)

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS?

JEN: We hope listeners enjoy what we've done here. We had a great time making this record and that really comes through when we've let people listen. We're focused and ready to go.


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Juergen aka Hague51 / Germany

Learning to fly....
Open letter / review to Jen and Rob:

I now listened twice to your fantastic new record and still search for the words to describe it….
What comes immediate in my head is the new sound, Martha’s Trouble was kind of “Rocky & Folky Chamber Music”. The new CD is more than ever a “band” record and it’s good, because it’s something new, without betraying your typical musical style. There is much more pressure which comes out of the speakers, the guitars are great and the singing of Jen has developed. She made a big step forward. Her voice was always great and incomparable. It has grown into unbelievable regions and what MT deserves now is big attention, ‘cause this is the stuff, great music is made of.

Forget all the big names, listen to this and fly….

Ryan

You will love this cd and you can not beat the service from this company!!!
You will love this cd. I know I do! And you will find no friendlier, faster or more professional company to work with than this one!!!

Raquel

A Very Beautiful and Moving Album...
I really fell in love with this female singer's voice when I heard one of their songs on the radio one day. I came across Martha's Trouble online only a little while later and gave them a try. I then heard all the great songs this album held which sealed the deal with the singer's sweet and lovely voice. City Skyline is a beautiful and catchy song and Waverly is wonderfully sung. Through The Mystery and Waiting are well- done songs and Cold Rain is put together in the best way. This whole album is great to hear though try it out if you like soft rock with a touch of country.

Amanda


This cd is absolutely fantastic to listen to, whether you have continuously followed the path of Martha's Trouble like some of us, or if you are simply looking for a great new cd. My personal favorites are "City Skyline," "Waverly," and "She Hears a Train." Every song is moving and emotional, and allows the listener to see inside the couple, taking a little of them into us. Absolutely wonderful cd!

Tim Woodburn

One of 2004's Top Ten!
In a year that is shortly ending (its October 2004), I can now catagoize this as one of the best releases of the year. Not only is it a triumph for Jen and Rob, but a fresh new sound from a solid duo who have hovered on the edge of the mainstream. If someone doesn't take notice of this effort, "Sweet Irene", "Sign of Life" and the title track, I can't see what everyone is listening to. Bravo for another triumph and keep your music coming, theres always space on my iPod for music like this!!!