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Brother Martin

The Philly-based indie rock band is led by singer/saxophonist/accordionist, Maria Mirenzi, and pianist/vocalist, Daniel Espie. The band creates a quirky, dreamy world that is intimate, powerful, and theatrical, blending styles of rock, jazz and folk.

In 2015, Maria and Dan began a long-distance, musical collaboration while living in 2 different countries. The first song they wrote was “Martin,” a lament about Maria’s dying dog, the last track on their debut EP, and the band’s namesake. There’s something so heartbreaking about not being able to say goodbye to the pet you grew up with, but a song would have to suffice. It usually does. “Martin” captures the band’s sensitivity and depth — you can’t help but feel a little weepy. When they returned to the U.S. in 2016, they formed Brother Martin and continued to write songs about their neighborhood’s lead pollution, political anti-anthems, and nostalgic themes on loss and the passage of time.

Their debut EP “Led-Son” was released in January of 2018.

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07/31 Bourbon & Branch

Philadelphia, PA


08/22 Open Sound Lansdowne, PA

09/19 Plays & players

philly fringe festival




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Led-Son EP

by Brother Martin



Maria Mirenzi - vocals, bari sax
Dan Espie - keyboard, vocals
Jacob Kelberman - guitar
Jon Gruver - bass
Austin Wagner - drums

released January 3, 2018

Tracks 1-4 Recording/Mixing by Luke Shefski of Shefski Productions
"Martin" was recorded live at Rittenhouse Soundworks by Michael Cumming, audio engineer

Mastering by Michael Cumming at Rittenhouse Soundworks


Tracks 1, 3-5 Music/lyrics by Maria Mirenzi
Track 2 Music by Dan Espie, poem by Nick Kohut

Artwork - Margot Gatenby


"Led-SOn" EP Review

"This sweet lil EP knows exactly what it's doing the whole way through, and it is a truly impressive put out for Brother Martin, seeing as the debut EP feels solid and put together." - The Hook Journal

Read the entire review HERE

Brother Martin's EP Release Show at Kung Fu Necktie, Philly. 1/6/18 

Brother Martin's EP Release Show at Kung Fu Necktie, Philly. 1/6/18