Waking Waking Up to Up to Martin Martin; He Wrote a '90S Anthem, Did His Own Thing and Then Got Writers' Block but Martin Carr's New Album Has Put Him Back on the Map. He Tells Gavin Allen, "I Forgot How to Write Songs"

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Waking Waking Up to Up to Martin Martin; He Wrote a '90S Anthem, Did His Own Thing and Then Got Writers' Block but Martin Carr's New Album Has Put Him Back on the Map. He Tells Gavin Allen, "I Forgot How to Write Songs"


MARTIN Carr hasn't been himself since the Boo Radleys disbanded.

He's been bravecaptain and The Black Serpent Choir among a few others, but he hasn't been Martin Carr, at least not on record.

Since The Boos disbanded in 1999, the Cardiff-based musician has continued releasing albums under various monikers and making electronic music more than chart-friendly indie pop, so it's something of a surprise to see him using his own name on the front cover of Ye Gods.

"I'm getting a form of schizophrenia, I can't remember which band I am when I go into the studio," he says, only half-jokingly.

"I had done the bravecaptain thing and realised it was going absolutely nowhere so I kind of killed that off. Then I realised I couldn't really write songs anymore.

"It's so frustrating not being able to do something you have always been able to do. It's heartbreaking in fact, not because it's how I earn my living but because it defines me really. So the best thing was to give up. I took a year off, got a camera, started doing photography and illustrating and got a job working for The Times.

"Once I took my mind off writing songs, pretty soon it started coming back naturally.

"I tried to think of a new band name but, looking through things on the internet, I realised that people had completely lost me from The Boo Radleys, so I thought the easiest way for me to do it was to call myself Martin Carr."

After a phase of drenching his songs in electronic "window dressing", Ye Gods is an album of dreamy pastoral pop and as opener The Dead Of Winter proves, he still has that knack for writing killer tunes.

"That was the last song I wrote before I got writers' block," he reveals.

"I had been talking about getting a band together, doing some singles and really giving it another go, but it didn't happen. …

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