Nine songs, four men, three days, and one room; sounds like the things that dreams, rock lore, and myth are made of. That may be how The Martyrs’ "Corner Room" is remembered, and then again maybe not. The true facts are that all four lads did not contribute or play on every song, it took a few more than three days to get everything just right, and sadly only five of the nine songs were actually recorded in the Corner Room. But none of that should take away from what The Martyrs did in the winter of 1998. "Corner Room" is, and will continue to be, a brilliant collection of lyrics, music, vocals, harmonies, and arrangements as only The Martyrs could create. 'Corner Room" was the Martyrs last studio album, recorded in 1998.
And now, the world-renowned Martyrs. The band that started it all. Formed in 1987 by four young lads (not to be confused with the Beatles, despite both groups’ propensity for bad haircuts) from Long Island, NY, The Martyrs quickly became legends (just ask them!). Tolerated with saintly perseverance by Mrs. O'Shaughnessy (immortalized in their classic "Rock and Roll Mom"), the boys (Jim O'Shaughnessy, Chris Dal Ceredo, Paul Saur & Mike O'Shaughnessy) rocked out as they learned the chords and harmonized until they understood harmony. What a racket. They recorded steadily until 1991, until college and a collective diaspora resulted in solo acts, duos and supergroups. They performed live twice (and a graduation party and a comically disastrous open mic night). Two albums in the late 90s were followed by with a few singles in later years. They never broke up. The Martyrs had no idea they could transmit their music out of the basement and thus never tried. They were a few years too soon for the 90s DIY scene, though I doubt that would have changed anything.
Semi-fictional netlabel reissuing homemade albums from the catalog of Long Island's 90s tape label Big Casserole Records as well as releasing new music from same old guys & gals. Creative Commons. Check out the hiss! NY/OR/CA.