Fast Heart Mart

Fast Heart Mart

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Dinky boy/girl acoustic combo playing songs about quitting your job. It's called "Sidewalk Rock", a blending of Acoustic Rock, Olde-tyme Country, East Indian Raga, and Hip Hop with choice harmony vocals, top notch harmonica riffs, innovative acoustic slide guitar and a snare. It's fresh and real.

Biography

Born MARTIN BRYCE STAMPER in 1977, (with a congenital heart defect) "Fast Heart" Martin was given his nick name by a fellow hiker of The Appalachian Trail. Although Martin has died numerous times, he now wears an internal pacemaker/defibrillator which shocks his heart back to life when necessary!

Fast Heart Mart's lyrics focus mainly on three themes: Dropping-out of Society; The Splendor of the Southwestern United States... and Insects!

He sites musical influences as diverse as DOC WATSON, THE DOORS, RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOT, VIOLENT FEMMES, NIRVANA, BILL MONROE and BECK.

Fast Heart Mart is popular, both as a headliner and as an opener for national acts like: " THE HANDSOME FAMILY", "CALEXICO", "MARSHALL CRENSHAW", and others.

Fast Heart Mart was twice featured in the locally prestigious "NEW MEXICO MUSIC SHOWCASE." He has had songs selected for the HBO Original movie "The Grass Is Green" and Leslee Woolfman's independant production , "Karma Chameleon".

Fast Heart Mart tours 7 months out of the year throughout the Southwest and East Coast of the United States, and also tours New Zealand -where he holds dual citizenship.

Lyrics

Trustafarian

Written By: Fast Heart Mart (Martin Stamper)

C'mon everyboday, listen to my story about a society and working for a living.

I was working for the company the boss made me angry and then finally I told him to shove it.
I said, "Goodbye," to my collegues and they wished me luck. On my way.

Out in the parking lo there were hippies lookin' to jumpstart their Volkswagen hippy vans.
I said, "That's fine, under one condition: You let me tag along in your travels."

After a week of riding through the country wild and care free I wondered about income.
So I asked someone where we got our food from and our clothes and food and money. They answered, "My dad's trust fund."

So then these hippies were independently rich and wealthy. I was not. So I rode home.
Back in the city my stomach was empty without a degree from the university. Looking for more employment.

Sittin' in the dug out with the other players figurin' this world out then it came in my brain:
"If you can't beat them you've got to join them; if you can't join them make your own!"

Reinvent

Written By: Fast Heart Mart (Martin Stamper)

Drumsticks
Guitar cords
Cover my floor
This song symbolizes
My first attempt
To reinvent
My head is bent out of phase

Honey suckle
Bees that bumble in the air
Hobo trussle
Lack of muscle
Laissez fair
I don't care
Wear beachware in snow

Country music
Simple music is now old
Its the same song
Everywhere that I go
Run to the store
To buy more I know

Mayan Prophecy

Written By: Fast Heart Mart (Martin Stamper)

Runnin' outta' fuel (gone)
Stuck on a highway (gone, gone)
Stranded in nowhere (gone)
With roadkill pizza (gone, gone)
Drivin' my car will be no more

When we all are livin' poor
Civilization shut it's door

Talkin' to my boss
'Bout bein' on time
Things I do wrong
Takin' vacation
Workin' my job will be no more

Watchin' Pop Culture
Gettin' in a stupor
Bein' distracted
By the latest fashion
Watchin' my TV will be no more

Discography

FAST HEART MART has released five CDs.

"HEART AND SOUL" (2000)
"HOBOS IN LIMBO" (2001)
"THE MOVIE THEATER" (2003)
"THE RED RECORD" (2005)
"AN ORANGE ALBUM" (2006)
The cuts "TRUSTAFARIAN", "WHITE MAN STOLE THIS LAND", "MAYAN PROPHECY", "JAWBREAKER SKY", "LIMBO", "HATE JOB", "STRIPPER SONG" and "GOD DOG" are receiving radio airplay on KXLU,
(Los Angeles) RDU, (Christchurch, NZ) K100, (Auckland, NZ) KRUX, (Las Cruces) KTEP, (El Paso) KUNM, (Albuquerque) "RADIO GOLDEN FLASH," (Belgium) and The BBC "RADIO ONE" (Worldwide).

Fast Heart Mart can be heard on MP3 sites like "SOUNDCLICK.com", "BUZZPLAY.com" and "KARMADOWNLOAD.com", "ROCKSQUAWK.com", as well as "MYSPACE.com".

VIDEOS

In January 2005 videographer ROB NAKAI, (in association with MEDIA IKONZ) released an independantly produced documentary on Fast Heart Mart entitled "ARRHYTHMIA". This creatively edited DVD contains rare footage, interviews and photos spanning the first five years.

In April, 2006, Fast Heart Mart released a music video for the song "HATE JOB" with director ARJAN MCNAMARA. This video can be found on "An Orange Album" as an MP4.

In October 2006, animator ASH WEDNESDAY released a super fun video for the song "GOD DOG". This video will be included on future editions of "An Orange Album".

Set List

FAST HEART MART, typically, plays one or two 45 minute sets of original material and an occasional traditional olde tyme country number. Although set lists are often made up before a show, the mood of the audience will influence the actual song choices, and there can be pandering to requests.
Sample set list:

"REINVENT"
"I'M AN ALIEN AND I WANNA GO HOME"
"LIMBO"
"RICH MAN"
WHITE MAN"
"KARATE SONG NUMBER 3"
"A-Z"
"JAWBREAKER SKY"
"WHAT TO DO?"
"THE CUCKOO" (traditional)
"GOD DOG"
"TRUSTAFARIAN"
"MONOPOLY"
"MAYAN PROPHECY"
"HATE JOB"
"STRIPPER SONG"
"THE MOVIE THEATER"