ONE of Sunderland’s most promising musical sons is singing in the rain.
Martin Longstaff, aka The Lake Poets, from East Herrington is celebrating the release of his second single, Rain, the video of which was shot in Seaburn.
The area’s Victorian bus shelter and beach were used as an atmospheric backdrop to the song’s melancholy sentiment of lost love.
A launch night for the single proved a sell-out and Martin, 24, says he is delighted with the response to the song.
Speaking about his inspiration for Rain, he said: “For the video, Seaburn is a place I used to go with my grandad and I would have a cup of tea and he would have a pint.
“The song’s about many things really. I’m always writing and I get inspired by things I or my friends have experienced. So the B-side to Rain is Edinburgh, a song about a fight outside of a pub that we saw when we went there.”
The single is a collaborative project of Sunderland’s brightest musical talent: it was produced by Frankie & the Heartstrings’ Mick Ross and features The Futureheads’ front-man Barry Hyde on piano and additional vocals.
Released this week through Tiny Lights Recordings, the single is available in physical form as a very limited 7inch vinyl″, on CD and on iTunes & Bandcamp digitally.
Singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff, began performing in 2010, and quickly garnered high praise from critics, sharing the stage with international music stars such as Willy Mason, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Ben Howard, Withered Hand and The Futureheads, and recently played a showcase gig for the BBC.
Now represented by booking agency 13 Artists, whose roster includes Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys, The Lake Poets have also earned national airplay from the likes of BBC6Music and Amazing Radio.
The act, which features Martin solo and sometimes with his band, have gigs at Glastonbury Festival, Kendal Calling and Evolution Festival under their belts.
Their biggest support slot to date was opening for Tom Jones at Durham County Cricket Club earlier this year in front of 15,000 people.
•To see the video for Rain log on to www.sunderlandecho.com