Martin Stephenson is one of the many artists who broke
through in the early eighties and who has managed to retain
not only his fan base but also his credibility despite the fact
that his career has taken a number of twists and turns.
Whilst working as a carpet fitter by day Martin was during
the evening playing guitar in his first band the Strange
Relations. By the age of nineteen and yet another dead
end day job, Martin heard Runaway Boys by the Stray Cats
on the radio and was inspired enough to give up his day job
and fully immerse himself in music by at first busking on
the streets. Shortly after however Martin formed the
Daintees. By 1982 the band were recording and were one
of the first bands to sign to the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne label
Kitchenware and subsequently London Records where they
scored not only critical but commercial success releasing
a number of singles and albums for the label.
Amongst the popular albums the band recorded at the time
were Boat To Bolivia, Salutation Road, Gladsome, Humour
and Blue and The Boys Heart. There have been various
groupings since the bands last official album The Boy’s
Heart which was produced by Lenny Kaye in 1992.
Western Eagle is the latest album to come from this popular
combination and is also the first studio band from the band
in over six years. The band have turned in one of their best
albums yet with Western Eagle and pick up perfectly from
where The Boy’s Heart left off in 1992. The album also
features contributions from long time collaborator Andrea
Mackie. Tracks include Western Eagle (Parts One and Two)
We Are One Stone Broke, Stone Cold Sober, Indian Summer,
Open Road and Cherryade and Rock ‘n’ Roll.