Manchester’s The Maple State are extremely pleased to reveal 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.
You can give the title track a listen below or right HERE if you prefer Spotify.
Since playing their last gigs in the summer of 2008, the remaining members of The Maple State have followed very different and distinct paths. For a number of years Greg continued to write and perform music under the name Ghost Saddles and occasionally wandered off to South America where he worked in wildlife conservation, but he now works as a Conservation Biologist in the north of England. His brother and the band’s bass player, Christian, became involved in a European Space Agency environmental project, which took him to Copenhagen where he now lives with his girlfriend, whilst guitarist Richard Higginbottom works as a University Lecturer and publishes photography books through Tide Press, the publishing company he established in 2015.
While the band always remained in contact with each other, the idea to reform The Maple State only occurred during Christmas 2015 when Richard and Christian overheard some new song ideas Greg had been working on. 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.
Front man Greg Counsell said of the recently unveiled evolution in sound: “In 2014 I was listening to a lot of folk music and I became obsessed with harmonics and drones, the idea that a single note can continue through an entire song just fascinated me. The lead single ‘The Things I Heard At The Party’ was my first conscious attempt to write a song with only a single note. I was trying to harness some early punk energy, something akin to The Clash circa ‘77, but once the other guys got involved the purity of this idea was smoothed over as they added their own take on things.”
The Maple State UK Live Dates:
Friday 16th March – Jimmy’s – Manchester
Friday 13th April – Jimmy’s – Manchester
Sunday 22nd April – The Lexington – London