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Martin O'Donnell

Martin "Marty" O'Donnell (born May 1, 1955) is an American composer known for his work on video game developer Bungie's series, such as Myth, Oni, and Halo. O'Donnell collaborates with his musical colleague Michael Salvatori for many of the scores; he has also directed voice talent and sound design for the Halo trilogy, and is currently Bungie's Audio Lead.

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While our worlds feverish impatience has been the undoing of many a hopeful rock band, Psychopunch are among its most consistent and stalwart quantities.
During the 15 years of their career to date, this Swedish punkrock act has wowed countless clubs and festivals and presented its breathtaking stage show in small, seedy dives with
just as much relentless intensity as on huge open-air stages. All the more surprising that Messrs. JM (vocals & guitars), Danne (lead guitar), Walle (bass) and Jocke (drums) continue
to have on top of their busy tour schedule the power and creativity to release new recordings at amazingly short intervals. Since 1999, Psychopunch have brought out nine
regular albums, as well as a number of EPs, singles, split releases and videos. Youd think the band members would be in urgent need of a break to cath their breath.
Far from it: their tenth studio album Smakk Valley is scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV in February 2013 and presents the same awe-inspiring energy which has
marked all the bands previous releases. We are a really productive band and we like that feeling, explains JM, Psychopunchs guitarist and vocalist, adding: New songs just
keep coming to us all the time! And we are hungry for more!

You can feel this hunger in every single note on Smakk Valley. With the bands typical mix of full throttle and diversity, toughness and melodies, simplicity and complexity,
Psychopunch have produced an album full of highlights. Be it with their typical straightforwardness on tracks such as Last Night and Back Of My Car, or mercilessly
driving on So Jaded, Kick In The Head and I Will Never Ever Psychopunch always hit the golden mean between raw ferociousness and concentration on the things that
really matter. In addition, Smakk Valley features a number of surprising moments: despite its slightly slower pace, Sitting By The Railroad impresses with its amazing
power and gritty melodies, while the unusual Emelie impresses with its as Lindell calls it great country rocknroll bad-ass feeling. I get a big smile on my face every time I hear it.

We tried to make and give every song that little bit extra special and I think that weve succeeded in doing that, JM explains the bands special philosophy which in the end
always shines through on Psychopunchs material. Jocke describes Smakk Valley as consisting of powerful songs with strong and catchy melodies, while Lindell considers
Psychopunch first and foremost a great and honest no-bullshit rocknroll punk powerpop band that keeps the spirit and tradition alive from such bands and artists as
The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls, Cheap Trick, Chuck Berry, Iggy & The Stooges, Generation X or The Clash. This list could go on forever, and we
dont think our attitude has changed over the years in terms of wanting to be a great live band that makes people happy and gives them a chance to forget about their problems.

Smakk Valley is produced by Psychopunchs long-standing friend Pelle Saether, who has been part of the bands inner circle for years. Saether knows how to handle the group, he knows
all about their moments of euphoria and exuberance which can easily turn into self-doubt and dissatisfaction in view of the great significance of album productions if theres nobody there
to indicate the general direction. We had some fantastic and some bad times at the studio, JM admits, but most of it was fun. We had high expectations of ourselves.
Pelle is always a great help to us. He and I worked really hard with the vocal melodies on the choruses to get the most out of every song. All in all we are very happy with the outcome
of the new album, so it was well worth the pain.

But back to the question of the bands amazing output and the energy source which has fed their haunting new album Smakk Valley: To be honest, I sometimes wonder where we get
the power from, JM admits, but in the end I think it has to do with the fact that we love what we do. We all have our roots in punk rock, rocknroll, hard rock and metal.
So making people feel good and having a great time, thats what gives us boundless energy! Energy which Psychopunch also use to rerelease their first four albums, originally
out on the legendary White Jazz label, in an exclusive vinyl boxed set. So the band continues on the fast track!

JM : Lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Danne : Lead guitar and backing vocals
Walle : Bass and backing vocals
Jocke : Drums

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