closing date: 19 Dec 2012
Following their self-titled debut album and Alligator EP, Maia are releasing their second album "Pepper Stars" of which singles "Living In The Alligator", "Zuma Aluma" and "The Grandfather Plan", released earlier this year, have already received critical acclaim. Once in a while a band will come along who sound way beyond their years, think Fleet Foxes or The Incredible String Band. Having just finished university, Maia is a band that fall into that esteemed category.
With a critically acclaimed appearance at 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival, residencies at the monthly Folke Newington night at The Drop (London) and the highly regarded Magpies Nest Collective, the band were asked to headline at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on New Years Eve, which kick started their live dates for 2012.
The band have been killing festivals all summer with appearances at Larmer Tree, In The Woods, Whitby Folk Week, Braudstairs, Hop Farm and Wilderness. Maia's storming performance at the No Direction Home festival was seen by Ben Knox Miller who asked the band to play in support of The Low Anthem at their Bush Hall gig one week later.
Upcoming shows include a gig at King's Place as well as more festival appearances at Freedom Festival, Musicport Weekender and A Nation of Shopkeepers.
The video for previous single Zuma Aluma, taken from "Pepper Stars", was shot on iPhone 4s and edited on an iPad 2. The video caught the eye of the Apple UK marketing team, receiving fantastic feedback resulting with the band being offered an in-store show on at the Apple Store on Regent Street!
Maia bestow a sound and vision that is remarkably mature, combined with a sense of adventure that reflects their youthful spirit. Expect to hear much more from this gifted space quartet!
"Eclectic with surprising twists and turns...Maia are very good at executing their own brand of whimsical folk." - Acoustic Magazine
"Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop" - TimeOut
"This has enough elements of folk for genre fans but covers an awful lot of ground and is one of the more compelling listens I have had in a while." - Folkworld
"The most impressive aspect of Maia the Band is that they are more adventurous and eclectic within the course of a single song than some artists dare to be in their entire career" - Never Enough Notes
"Playing inland sea shanties for hazy winters evenings, Maia blend trade folk instruments with contemplative lyrics for a unique take on modern indie" - Notion Magazine
Based around a love of folk, Talking Heads and David Bowie, their style encompasses an eclectic mix of styles and song structures, with the element to emote and surprise in equal measure. Although the songs are underpinned with traditional folk guitar, many of them are embellished with a lively brass section. The lads decided to form a band during a night out in Huddersfield and quickly went on to record their first album under the supervision of producer Choque Hosein whilst finishing off their studies at university. With 3 years of live shows up and down the country already under their belts, and supports including the likes of Anais Mitchell, The Hut People, Jamie Smith's Mabon, Chumbawamba as well as performing at The Unthanks end of tour party, the group are continuing to receive huge praise and a greater following for their fantastic live shows.
Maia "Pepper Stars" Vandal Records Monday 26th November 2012
Upcoming Live Shows 21st /22nd September - Cropton Folk & Roots Festival 5th October - King's Place - London 6th October - Spinaker Bar - Southampton 7th October - Musicport Festival - Whitby 10th October - A Nation Of Shopkeepers - Leeds 12th October - The Grain Barge - Bristol 13th October - The Castle Hotel - Manchester 26th October - The Hope - Brighton 27th October - Cellar Bar - Oxford 30th October - Resonance Session for Sam Lee 1st November - Sofar Sessions - London 3rd November - MS Stubnitz - The Thames 10th November - Trades Club - Hebden Bridge 16th November - Waggon and Horses - Watford 17th November - Chelsea Arts Club 21st November - The Bell - Bath 23rd November - Eden Project Cafe - Cornwall 27th November - The Bicycle Shop - Norwich
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