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History of Mara Donis
Formed in 1994 originally as an alternative rock band with a hard driving guitar driven sound, Martha Dumptruck (the bands original name) put its first album out in 1996 as a demo deal through Sony Studio’s and the bands own resources.
 
Martha Dumptruck played just about every venue available in NYC including legendary venues like CBGB’s, The Continental, West Beth Theater and the Pyramid. After generating an enthusiastic local following and riding the momentum, the singer quit in 1997.  Through the auditioning process, the band came upon a singer name Tim Bluto who the band like a lot, but by the time they decided to ask him, he had already started his own band. However, guitarist Tom Nastasi became good friends with the singer and shared a rehearsal space with Tim's band Orbis.  Martha Dumptruck continued on as a 3 piece instrumental band, doing shows and recording their second album in hopes of eventually finding a singer.
 
Finally in late 1999 the band decided to take a break which lasted 7-8 years.
As the band started playing together again, the motivation to do a second album was very much alive. So the band started pre-production for the album in 2011.
In that time Nastasi tracked down Tim Bluto and offered him the singing role in the band. Some of the tracks that were picked were songs that Tim had written to back in '97 for his audition and Nastasi really liked, and knew they would work on the album. The album was recorded in 2012 and the music is a combination of rock, pop and strangely tuned guitars giving it a very ambient, wall of sound musically and a combination of aggressive and melodic vocals that combine for a unique sound.