AV Club, “Martha goes undercover in the video for ‘Goldman’s Detective Agency'”

When Martha released its debut album Courting Strong, the English foursome got as much attention for its politics as it did its music. Thankfully, the band never let one side overshadow the other, and on July 8 Dirtnap Records (Fortuna Pop in the U.K.) will release Martha’s sophomore album, Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart. It’s a title that speaks to the band’s attempts to grow up without growing out of punk—or its anarchist leanings—and today The A.V. Club is premiering the video for “Goldman’s Detective Agency.”

The song re-imagines anarchist Emma Goldman as a private eye taking down corrupt politicians, and for the video the band gets dressed up and plays with the premise. Martha bassist-vocalist Naomi Griffin goes undercover as a “fashion detective” to solve a mystery at a vintage clothing store, all the while the band’s gleeful, socially-conscious pop-punk blares in the background. Who said anarchists don’t have a sense of humor?

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