A MANIFESTO MEET | MARK JOHNSTON | STMARTIINS

We caught up with one half of Dundee based @stmartiins after the release of the bands brand new EP 'Hoping For The Worst.'

How have you spent the last few weeks?

The First week was spent doing all the jobs we had been putting off around the flat but since then we moved our sofa to face the window so I’ve mostly just been lying there to sunbathe and listen to music. I’ve also been trying to read but the consistency with that has been dicey to say the least.

 

Has your time in isolation allowed you to do or create something that you may not have otherwise?

Katie and I have been writing and recording a lot of new music. We are always doing that regardless but all the extra time has been great. I’ve also been practicing mixing some of my pals music, and just recording some of my own stupid weird songs to put on my personal Soundcloud.

 

It is noted that you have just released a new EP titled Hoping for the Worst – Can you tell us more about that? Where can we listen/buy it?

'Hftw' is the musical outcome of our experiences over the last 2 years. Its on all streaming platforms and you can buy the physical record from Assai Records.

ST MARTIINS | HOPING FOR THE WORST | MARCH 2020

BUY | https://assai.co.uk/products/st-martiins-hoping-for-the-worst-ltd-edition-pale-green-12-vinyl-2020

SPOTIFY | https://open.spotify.com/album/2zmbHD7kSmroKPUifbz8GA?si=mryIjjvQSkyEXLkE3yHdGQ

 

Is there plans for a tour/party once this all goes away?

We were in the process of rescheduling our tour that was planned for March, but I don’t actually think we will play again this year. Seems like a pretty bleak outlook but just trying to be pragmatic! It was lucky that our show in Glasgow went ahead just before lockdown. That was a really special show and it was the same day the EP was released digitally, so we still had a good launch for it. The next EP is written so maybe in 2021 we will just able to celebrate both at the same time.

EG

 

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to The Strokes new album a lot, its so good. Sorry are one of my new favourites, their album 925 is incredible. Also a lot of The Districts and Arlo Parks.

Have you found hopefulness through this unprecedented situation and how can be positive about the future?

I’m hopeful that things will change long term after this in terms of the UK government. People’s eyes have really been opened about how little people in power seem to care about us. In terms of music it’s been so encouraging to see how many people have been supporting venues, artists and record shops. I think the things people care about will have been put into perspective and want to help their local artists and businesses over large corporations.

 

Cooking and baking seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds just now. Have you got any ‘go to’ recipes or signature dishes that would like to share with us?

I’m not much of a recipe follower to be honest. Katie makes the more elaborate dishes whereas I mostly make chilli and soup in crazy bulk quantities to eat over a few weeks. Crepes are the go to on the down-days.

 

Have you found hopefulness through this unprecedented situation and how can be positive about the future?

I’m hopeful that things will change long term after this in terms of the UK government. People’s eyes have really been opened about how little people in power seem to care about us. In terms of music it’s been so encouraging to see how many people have been supporting venues, artists and record shops. I think the things people care about will have been put into perspective and want to help their local artists and businesses over large corporations.

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