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Video of the Moment #1636: Mazes

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Mazes‘ third album ‘Wooden Aquarium’ is out now on FatCat Records, and they now have a promo for their ode to BBC MediaCity’s location, ‘Salford’. True to the style of their music, the video is in monochrome and in a rather silly show of things, mouths have been superimposed onto people’s faces in a pub, with naturally humourous results as the mouths are synced in time with the vocals of the song. Watch the video below.

For more about the song ‘Salford’, read David’s review of it here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_p5ql25ad4[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Mazes – Salford

 
By on Friday, 15th August 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Who needs coffee when you’ve got the energetic, indie rock tones of Mazes to wake you up on a morning? Not me, that’s for sure. The British lo-fi trio are back with their third studio album ‘Wooden Aquarium’ in September.

One of the tracks on the album is ‘Salford’, a ’90s-indebted ode to the Greater Manchester city, near to where the band formed. As they managed with lead single ‘Astigmatism’, from the album, ‘Salford’ features quick bursts of fierce riffs with ferocious vocals to match. The male vocals of Jack Cooper and the female vocals of Heather Strange spill over each other, as they trade statements such as “I have hidden layers” and “I wear my hair long”. It may sound bizarre, but it fits into the style and feel of the track quite comfortably.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee), but Mazes’ ‘Salford’ is a track full of energy and interesting ideas. While it’s a little on the short side, clocking it at just over 2 minutes, it acts as a brilliant teaser for their upcoming album.

7/10

‘Salford’ is taken from Mazes’ third studio album ‘Wooden Aquarium’, which will be released on the 8th of September on Fat Cat Records.

 

Tramlines 2012: Day 2 Roundup

 
By on Monday, 20th August 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

As Saturday rises over Sheffield, the city is bustling as Tramlines becomes hotter than an extra hot peri-peri chicken; conveniently, placed within the heart of the city is the Nando’s New Music Stage and when TGTF arrives its none other than Mazes cooking up a storm. Well, I say storm, it’s a hot day and everyone’s sitting down in the square, but Mazes are enjoyable enough to set up the afternoon.

After this comes the pop vibes of Frankie Rose.  She’s got an almost Rose Elinor Dougall quality about her in that it’s bordering the indie line but her sound is still very much endearingly pop. Again, her unfamiliarity with many here washes over the crowd but she’ll have made some new friends this afternoon.

Alarm Bells come on next.  A band lost somewhere between their ex-Dananananaykroyd members and a sound similar to that of the likes of Young Legionnaire, they start well but are struck by an odd power cut mid-set. They try to play it off as drama but the communication of “we are Alarm Bells and this is called a public nightmare” says it all for the band. They need work, but once they’ve pinned the sound down, there’s definitely a future for the new band.

Before this has finished. TGTF pops up to the university arms to catch a few minutes of exciting new act Tip Yr Bartender but clashing set times means only a song or two are enjoyed before dashing back down the Sheffield grid once more to the Bowery. This Many Boyfriends are playing and they’re playing to a relatively crowded room, but when isn’t the Bowery crowded? It’s fuzzy, its fun and it’s fast, and the Leeds band have certainly done the right thing continuing after the tragic loss of their guitarist Peter Sykes last September. Of course due to running around only the latter part of their set is seen but you take what you can at a city festival; especially when it’s free.

Blessa follow but don’t quite have the same energy as just seen. I start to wonder if my plan of winging it this festival is proving to be the right choice and wander the city for a while before returning to the crowded room for Best Friends (above) and Peace (pictured at top). Best Friends continue to make me doubt even if they are a bit energetic with a moderate dollop of shoegaze whilst Peace rightfully fill the room with tracks from their as of yet limited catalogue and forthcoming EP.

And so, to end the night it’s across the streets of Sheffield to see local boys done good The Crookes. Fresh from the release of their second record, the band fill the upstairs room of the Shakespeare to an almost dangerous level. It’s hotter and sweatier than the most crowded of saunas and there appears to be no way of opening windows but as the band come on, for a while it stops mattering. They’ve got the same kind of buzz around them as Razorlight did around the ‘Up All Night’ era and quite frankly, with a performance like this, they deserve it.   It’s enjoyable to the point that even though it’s far too hot to move, many in the 100-sized room are doing so; someone’s even got a blow-up toy!

So it had been yet another mixed day of strange set times in a diverse set of rooms but on the most tiring set of the weekend so far it’s a positive home time tonight. The party continues through the night across the city but after that Crookes set, it seems fitting to stop there. Let’s see what Sunday brings.

 
 
 

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