Since fate brought them together at the tender age of 12, alt-pop duo ST.MARTiiNS have been inseparable, and it didn’t take long for the childhood friends to realise they had a knack for writing a tune or two.
Between them they seem to have cracked the formula for crafting entrancing, hyper-contemporary, indie-dreamscapes. Their sound is heady and woozy, but kicks with inexorable pop brilliance.
Katie Lynch’s sugary sweet vocal delivery and Mark Johnston’s spikey, pointed guitars make for a delicious contrast that’s complimented perfectly by slick electronics, forming the backbone of their songs.
Latest release ur so pretty is a real high-water-mark for the pair thus far, a beguiling and sultry cut that intoxicates in a way that makes it impossible to recollect the time spent listening – that is to say; the song is completely and utterly absorbing.
It’s a tune to get lost in, and with some major support from the likes of DIY, Radio X and Spotify, ST.MARTiiNS are proving themselves to be a band worth getting lost in too.
We caught up with the Dundee duo to find out where it all started, what keeps them right right now, and what they’re up to next.
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
Mark– ‘Sorry Miss Jackson’ by Outcast. I was 9 or 10, I was in Aviemore and I bought the single and I used to listen to it all the time. I think it’s really shaped the sound.
Katie– ‘Dont dream its over’ by Crowded House. My mum used to play it on the stereo while she cleaned the house on a Saturday. I literally still obsess over it.
What’s the first gig you went to?
Mark– Franz Ferdinand at the SECC, Glasgow. There was support from the Editors.
Katie– Steps lmao.
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
Mark– I discovered the cello around about the same time I discovered my boys, Outcast.
Katie– I played the trumpet and was really competitive and weird about it.
What is your worst musical habit?
Mark– Playing the Hollyoaks theme tune at every chance I get.
Katie– Chewing gum whilst I sing.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
We have picked up so much over the years but probably the best lesson we’ve learnt is that you can’t expect someone else to do it for you, you have to do it yourself.
Where do you discover new music?
Mark– Katie’s playlists.
Katie– Films, playlists, the radio, youtube, from adverts, going to gigs.
What’s your favourite venue?
Mark– St. Lukes.
Katie– I love the O2 Academy in Glasgow Southside.
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
Mark– At the moment, BADBADNOTGOOD.
Katie– I have been listening to a lot of bedroom pop, artists like Snail Mail and Clairo.
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
Mark– Outside of music I’m driven by self-loathing.
Katie– Irritating men and poetry.
What track of yours best represents your sound?
I think there was a fundamental shift when we released no its all over. It definitely represented the darker tones in our style. ur so pretty is something we are really proud of and we feel we are closer than ever to creating our dream sound.
What’s next for you?
Lots of gigs, more releases and hopefully getting even busier!