Beginning as a loud and raucous 6-member rock group in South Florida, Dr. Martino released their debut LP, Right to Work, in July of 2013. Produced by Jason Hester and Rancho Molino Records, Right to Work is full of chaos, humor, and experimentation, with a penchant for 70s progressive rock. Right to Work featured Puleo as senior songwriter and Kaminski as lead guitarist and keyboardist.
After relocating to Willimantic, Connecticut, in the fall of 2013, the group went through a major line-up change as Kaminski and Puleo teamed up with songwriter Amy Shaw. During this transition, Puleo stayed in his role as guitarist, while Shaw took over the bass, and Kaminski the drums. Shaw and Puleo began sharing roles as songwriters, and often swap instruments at shows.
Dr. Martino released Big Day EP in August of 2014 as a trio, which featured a familiarly eclectic array of styles, from the mischievous punk tune “Hollywood Coprophagia” to the vintage rock ballad “Some Kind of Kneelin’.” The EP was recorded by Matt Baltrucki at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. Big Day is independently released on CD and cassette. Big Day EP is available digitally on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Youtube.
In 2016, the band released Calligrams, a comp with fellow Connecticut artists Spectral Fangs, Terrible Roars and Ghost of Chance. Dr. Martino contributed their cheeky food anthem “Clean Plate Club” and an explosive rock tune, “Anna May,” which featured Amy Shaw as lead vocalist. Calligrams is available on 12″ vinyl at calligrams.bandcamp.com.
A follow-up EP, Caving In, was released in 2017 by Telegraph Records in New London, Connecticut. It was tracked and mixed by their longtime engineer Matt Baltrucki and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Caving In is available on major streaming sites, as well as on cassette and CD. The EP features boogie woogie feel-good tunes like "Weekend Shoes" and other more alternative, reflective ones like "Your Garage" and "You Were Around." You can see the self-produced music video for the EP's lead-in track, "Dad's Dead," on youtube.
The band has played with Surferblood, Bob Log III, Downtown Boys, Jeffrey Lewis, and TOP Nachos. They made an appearance at New London’s I AM Fest in 2015, which featured Rubblebucket, And the Kids, Violent Mae and others. In 2015, they were named New England's Favorite Punk Rock Artist by The Deli Magazine, and in 2017, they were named Best Indie Band in CTNow's Best of Hartford Reader's Poll. Currently, Dr. Martino continues to perform regularly at house shows, divebars, music venues, and festivals in the greater NY/NE area. They have a full length album in the works and hope to have a release sometime in 2020.
martino is people:
Simone Puleo (guitar, bass, vocal), Amy Shaw (bass, guitar, vocal), Michael Kaminski (drums)
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Dead Kennedys, The Ventures, Mr. Bungle, of Montreal, Gentle Giant, Guided by Voices, The Cranberries, The Beatles, Dick Dale, Yes, John Zorn, Slowdive, Speedy Ortiz
"Both writers mine 1960s and '70s styles: surf rock, punk, Southern-fried blues, power-pop, even girl groups. There's some Devo, some Zappa, some Southern Culture on the Skids, maybe some video-game music in there." - Michael Hamad, The Hartford Courant
"These guys do an extremely poppy flavor of surf rock! Super upbeat party rock at it's finest." - Robert Denby, ctindie.com
"Calligrams is certainly something unique and I think that the idea can potentially set a precedent that other underground artists could follow. The notion of combining works to further overall recognition and reception is very smart, and I hope that these four bands continue striving for originality and continue making accessible yet artistic music." - William Morrow, divideandconquermusic.com
"Dr. Martino calls themselves surf and while that might be true, there are a number of other things going on here just as well. Every member of the band takes turns singing and that makes for a most fun experience, and though I expected it might get confusing it most certainly did not. At heart, this can be guitar driven rock n roll, but can also span from Tripping Daisy to Superdrag to Wheatus." - Joshua Macala, raisedbygypsies.com
"realmente un grupo neto de rock estadounidense, que suena como si fueran la mejor banda de su ciudad local, un placer ver que en la prensa del Hartford Courant, un dia como hoy, se refleje un articulo de una banda musical del barrio, del Dr. Martino from Willimantic Connecticut, una banda que a pesar de surgir en la Florida, tiene un sentido de pertenencia bien identificado con el contexto Connectupunkiano, sin resacas imitatibas a lo garage punk rock, un placer conocer a Simone, cantante y guitar leader que cada manana bien early desde mi ventana lo veo compartir un cafe con su amigo Arnab Roy charlando apenas de Judith Butler o Michel Foucault , tal mis amigos en Cuba, y sacarle algunas fotos a Dr. Martino, intentando capturar el increíble y autentico sonido offbeats a lo pop punk que como quien dice fue the other day como si fueran los mismísimos Green Day en una calle lateral del town!!!" - Ernesto René Rodríguez, author