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THE MAPLE STATE – The Things I Heard At The Party

THE MAPLE STATE – The Things I Heard At The Party

The Maple StateManchester’s The Maple State have revealed details of their long-awaited new album The Things I Heard At The Party, which is set for release on 23rd March 2018 via Far Out Records. The record will be their first new material in almost a decade.

Since playing their last gigs in the summer of 2008, the remaining members of The Maple State have followed very different and distinct paths. While the band always remained in contact with each other, the idea to reform The Maple State only occurred during Christmas 2015 and, despite living in different countries, they decided to develop these songs together, as eventually their recordings became the album The Things I Heard At The Party.

The album opens with the title track, The Things I Heard At The Party and combines
wry observed lyrics with sprightly folked-up indie punk. The band remind me very much of America’s Airborne Toxic Event (and that is a huge compliment). Originally formed in 2004 in Manchester after meeting at school and college, the band originally drew most of their inspiration from pioneering indie/emo bands but this album contains a myriad of sounds and influences from The Byrds pop psychedelic pop of Something In The Water to the languid folk-pop of Cannonball.

On Africa, The Maple State slow things down combining eclectic lyrics with some spiraling guitars. Cold Theatre II (Always You) is a bouncy indie-pop track in the mold of The Foals whereas Winner veers towards an Americana vibe propelled by a bass and melodic guitar riff.

It is clear that The Maple State are a band full of invention and energy with the poppy Not Enough reminding me of Liverpool’s The Farm and Sexy Jam more in the vein of a 1970s funky disco smooch. The penultimate song, Deadline is, for me, one of the strongest on the entire album with spoken words over a melodic backing.

The album closes with The Motorbike And The Closest Of Calls and the length of the title is met with the four plus minutes of the track. The song brings uses clever spoken word lyrics as well as mellow melodic sections to leave the listener with the impression that they are listening to a band at the top of their game, full of confidence in their songwriting – it is an indie-pop classic.
Grab a listen to The Things I Heard At The Party by The Maple State here: https://themaplestate.bandcamp.com/album/the-things-i-heard-at-the-party

 

 

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