BENNY THE JET RODRIGUEZ / MARTHA: Split: EP

Sep 18, 2015

I have to admit that I’m a dofus. Before this review I had never heard a Benny The Jet Rodriguez song. There is just so much music out there that I can’t get to all of it and though they graced the cover of the last issue of Razorcake, sadly this beautiful group of musicians is no longer. At least they put out this last split to remember them by, and I sincerely hope they move on to other musical ventures. These tracks from BTJR are like sunshine-flavored bubble gum—so saccharine and warm. The first track is about being in love but not with you, and the second is about being in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same. Both sides of relationship woes are covered in the sweetest way. I’m kicking myself for sleeping on this band. Todd Congelliere plays keys in this band! How did I miss out? I’ve got a moment to rectify this situation because Martha is just as awesome, and hopefully not breaking up anytime soon. This incredible, robust, and driving bass breaks the silence of the flip side, and is met by a strong and full northern English accent. Fast guitar riffs join as a second vocalist chimes in and quick-fire lyrics pour out. Martha’s second song is a cover of the Swedish band Masshysteri. Looking forward to more from them while also seeking out the rest of BTJR’s catalog. 

 –Kayla Greet (Drunken Sailor, drunkensailorrecords.co.uk)

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