Some bands happily tick over; content in the knowledge that music provides a hobby, a happy distraction from their day-to-day existence. Others aspire to greatness, but – despite their talent and enthusiasm – fall frustrating short in the face of a fickle music industry and bad luck.

And then there are those who grab the opportunity by the scruff of the neck and shake it around merciless, as if success was a cat’s stuffed toy. Once all the stuffing has come out, raw talent and desire crosses over into triumph.

Case in point is Smoking Martha. The Brisbane five-piece has been shaking success firmly by the throat for the last few years, and such dedication to the cause is now finding reward a compliant bedfellow.

Fresh from supporting British rock legends Uriah Heep, Smoking Martha – led by enigmatic front woman Natasha Doherty – are now bringing their raw energy cocktail to the support of Seether, South Africa’s preeminent rock export.

With smoldering vocals and captivating instrumental hooks, Smoking Martha has been getting rave reviews left, right and centre and were an obvious choice for the Brisbane support.

Promising an energetic fun show, their vintage-tinged rock ‘n’ soul performance is a fire that smolders, warping your sense with waves of heat.

If you are limiting yourself to the number of bands worth seeing this year, it’s time to get out your list, add a new row and insert “Smoking Martha – A Must See!”

Thursday 2nd July – Eatons Hill Hotel w / SEETHER. Tickets available through Metropolis Touring.

Friday 3rd July – The Coolangatta Hotel w/ The Vultures + Kip Casper. Tickets at the door.

Saturday 25th July – Jubilee Hotel Brisbane / Dead of Winter Festival. Tickets available through Oz tix.