MIMR Band Chat: The Maple State

The much anticipated return of Manchester band The Maple State has been on many people lips for quite a while now and finally we can all can rejoice in their brilliant new record.

‘The Things I Heard At The Party’ is a indie-pop delight and incaptures the essence of a band that made so many heads turn and toes tapping back in the mid 2000s.

Their return is very much welcomed on the blog and we got to speak to the band about the record and what they got up to away from the band.

MIMR: Great to have Manchester band The Maple State on the blog, how did the band start up and was it clear from the start what musicial direction it would take?

TMS: Well it’s great to be here on the blog! The band originally started up in 2004, back then we were very influenced by American post-hardcore, emo and indie bands, but we also had a life time of Manchester music behind us so when we first started out writing songs they had the energy of the American punk bands but with our British indie, synth-pop and post-punk influence mixed through. 14 years later there are still nods to all of that stuff in our music, but we’ve introduced more elements to the sound, we’ve more of a mellow vibe now where as back in the 2004 we were very excitable. I listen to a lot of folk, punk and rock n roll music and I find that influences my approach to song writing, while Richard and Christian and William all have far more eclectic tastes and they bring sounds and rhythms and ideas that I never would’ve thought of, so the resultant sound is very much a product of the group. Although we never had a clear direction, our sound has naturally progressed since day one, we always try to write great songs and the palette that we draw from has changed over the years.

MIMR: MIMR are currently enjoying your brilliant new album and are glad that you are back. tell us about the making of the record and are you glad it’s finally out in the world?

TMS: Thank you very much! Glad you’re digging it. This new record was first discussed in December 2015. I had been writing songs under the name Ghost Saddles and I regularly demoed these with our good friend and producer Andrew Farrer. Christian and Richard heard some ideas I had been working on and we decided to progress them further together, from that point we started playing and writing together regularly and developing what turned out to be this new album. When we started to record, there was no real plan to release it, but I started thinking about the lyrics and some of the themes, it really felt like a continuation of stories and ideas from our older music, so I suggested we put it out as The Maple State and as soon as I said it there was just this wonderful excitement and positivity around bringing the band back – it definitely felt like unfinished business. We all work and live in different places so it was a slow process getting the record finished, but now that it’s out there and people can hear it we’re just so happy that we decided to do it and that people are still liking what we do.

MIMR: What’s your favourite gig venue you’ve played and why?

TMS: We played a Christmas party at First Avenue in Minneapolis with Motion City Soundtrack back in 2005, the venue is legendary and it was just a perfect gig. I can’t explain the reason, but when I think back to all the gigs we played, that one stuck in my mind. In the UK though, every time we played King Tut’s in Glasgow is was always brilliant, great venue, great staff and always a good time. More recently though, we played our first show since 2008 at Jimmy’s in Manchester, it’s a relatively new venue, but it’s got great little punk rock vibe and the gig was incredible.

MIMR: Being away from the band for a short while as you were what did you get up to in your spare time to fill the void?

TMS: We all continued to make music in some capacity but outside of that we’ve all followed very different paths; I did my masters last year and now work as a conservation biologist for an organisation in the north of England, Richard is a university lecturer, photographer and runs his own photo book publishing company (www.tidepress.com), Christian works in software and landed some mad job working on an environmental project with the European space agency, so he’s living over in Copenhagen with his girlfriend, and William lives in London with his girlfriend and dog and works for the PGA European Tour as some sort of media big shot. So…we keep busy.

MIMR: Its been a joy to have you on the blog, welcome back! How can we listen to the new album and find out about upcoming gigs?

TMR: Thanks for having us and supporting what we’re doing, we weren’t even sure that people would remember us so we’ve been blown away by the amount of attention the record is getting, and blogs like this one giving me a chance to prattle on!
The new album ‘The Things I Heard at the Party’ is available on vinyl and digital over at http://www.themaplestate.bandcamp.com or you can get it on iTunes & Spotify, all the usual places.

We are playing at the Rocksteady in Dalston, London 31st March and then our second Jimmy’s gig in Manchester 13th April. We’re then back in London 22nd April to play a show with our good friends Tellison at the Lexington.
For all updates on everything though, just got to http://www.themaplestate.com and check the blog, it’s all in there.

MIMR Band Chat: Queasy

2018 has already been a great year for music in Manchester and one of the many successful acts plying their skills are Alt-Rock foursome Queasy which made them the ideal choice to be MIMR featured band of this month.

We spoke to the band ahead of the release of their latest single ‘Fed To The Wolves’ which is out 29th March as well as the launch gig at The Castle Hotel.

MIMR: Great pleasure to have our featured band of the month Queasy on MIMR, tell us about the upcoming single, what’s it about and who in the band takes charge of the songwriting or is it a collective effect as a band?

Queasy: It’s about being powerless, when you do your best but people still shit all over you. There’s always someone that wants to shit on you. All the tunes normally start by jamming. We’ll record bits on phones, listen back and decide whether we should or shouldn’t use it. Jack normally then just tries to make a melody by singing over what the rest of us have done. It’s always nonsense at first, for example he was singing about bathing in bacon the other day, don’t think that’ll stick though. He’ll then write lyrics in his own time and come back with them.

MIMR: You have some headline shows coming up, what’s your favourite thing about playing live?

Queasy: Collectively, probably exercising and it being fun .

MIMR: There’s been a considerable increased buzz around the band since the start of the New Year, what future plans do you have for Queasy?

Queasy: We’ve put a deposit down on a sizeable Caribbean island, so when that’s finalised and we move there, that’ll be good. The NME cover shoot should be good, the Grammys is always a good crack too. We’re also gonna do our first E.P in the summer, and an autumn tour to support it.

MIMR: What other bands are currently ones you would recommend we listen out for?

Queasy: Boy Azooga, Psyblings, Voodoo Blood, Sorry, Husky Loops, Salt the Snail, Emperor Phunk, Rival Bones, Jane Doe, Slowhandclap, Good foxy, Little illusion machine, Chalk, Desert storm, Shame, Premium leisure, Scruffy bear, Maruja to name a few.

MIMR: Many thanks to being on the blog, its been a joy to have you as our featured band of the month, how can people follow you on social media?

Queasy: Everything is @queasyuk apart from our Snapchat which is hotsweatymen93

MIMR Review: Creature ‘Reborn’

MIMR is always partial to a bit of fuzzed up grunge action and Creature from Newcastle are exactly what’s needed to blow the cobwebs away from your head.

With a few releases now under their belt since their birth in late 2016, this latest track ‘Reborn’ is a pulsating and non-stop attack on the senses, spiralling riffs, thunderous beats are congealed together to make a noise which is like a bolt of lightning!

The ‘Creature’ has awoken, make sure you are prepared to handle it’s ferociousness!

Here’s the track:

Check them out on socials here:

facebook – https://facebook.com/wearecreature

soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/creature-uk

instagram – https://instagram.com/creatureband

youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvmh1sSFhQ14obVS_9xaVww

MIMR Review: The Lucid Dream ‘SX1000’

Ten years have past with many ups and downs but The Lucid Dream lives on with the much anticipated 1st glimpse into what to expect from album 4 and ‘SX1000’ delivers on many different levels to what your used to from the Carlisle foursome.

Released 6th April on limited 12″ the track is soaked in pulsating acid house beats and an intensity which is hard not to move to. Influenced heavily by the UK and US house scene circa late 80/early 90s when happy pils were passed around like milkybars, the track is proof that the band ain’t afraid to experiment with different music styles and while it’s departure from their well crafted Psych prowess and the ambient fusion created on 2016 excellent ‘Compulsion Songs’ in particular, its safe to say that they will forever push boundaries and strife to be forward thinking.

They celebrate the release with shows in London and Manchester early next month and MIMR reckons it will be well worth it, see you on the dancefloor!

Here’s the video:

Tour Dates:

The Victoria, London 5th April

Band On The Wall, Manchester 6th April

MIMR Review: Gravves ‘Power Bomb Baby’

Rip-roaring they’re way back on the blog are MIMR fave noise-rockers Gravves with their atomic new track ‘Power Bomb Baby’ another example of the thrill a second racket the north walian trio can produce.

‘Oh, The Joy’ a 6 track EP is set to be released April 27th through Loner Noise Records and it has all the makings of being a record that will eclipse their previous endeavours.

Power Bomb Baby is in your face, loud, boistrous and a lightning track, full of frantic vocals, crashing beats and blistering guitars.

Now the band are all set to unleash their fury back on the live circuit with the trio already having secured some notable festival slots including 2 performances at this years Focus Wales.

So it’s a no brainer, Gravves are here to stay and their latest efforts are going to blow your socks off, ‘Oh the joy’ indeed!

The video premiered over at Upset Magazine yesterday. Stay tuned to the blog for more from Gravves coming very soon!

https://www.upsetmagazine.com/news/noisy-trio-gravves-debut-new-video-power-bomb-baby/

MIMR Special feature: International Womens Day

As today is a celebration of all that women in all walks of life acheive and conquer every day, MIMR thought it would highlight the female fronted acts that have featured on the blog in the past with their musical talents inspiring a whole new generation, may this continue in the future.

Here’s the list

Liines

The Empty Page

Peaness

Maisie Johnson

Edits

Jade Mannion

False Advertising

Berries

Baby Brave

MIMR would like to thank everyone for creating some great music and bringing so much joy to so many people along the way.

MIMR Video Exclusive: Airstrikes ‘CODE’

As featured on a recent MIMR Playlist, electronic maestros Airstrikes from Liverpool gave us lucky souls the first look at their latest video ‘CODE’ taken from their 2 track EP released last month. The video harbours back to vintage green cross code adverts with the slogan ‘be smart…be safe’ including the classic Kevin Keegan 70s mullet making a nostalgic and amusing appearance.

The track itself has a hypnotic power which is menacing and fierce to the core, showing off Airstrikes prowess at their electric craft. If this doesn’t get stuck to your brain after one listen then be smart! and listen again.

Check out the video here:

The EP can be listened to here: