We’ve known Matt Benn from Hookworms for round about 5 years and Matt J for a little shy of that. The whole band are kings and it was a thrill seeing them get their props for ‘Pearl Mystic’. They’ve paid their dues and all that jazz. We’ve had the misfortune of having to play after them a handful of times and it’s nigh-on impossible. Thankfully we won’t be doing that anymore! Can’t wait to play this event at Islington Mill
Really pleased to announce a few festival shows over the course of the next few months. I think it’s likely these will be the only shows until we release another record in the autumn.
The Great Escape // 8 - 10th May
End Of The Road // 29 - 31st August
Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia // 26 - 27th September
Really excited for everyone to hear this new Mazes record. Conan, Neil and I spent a week in upstate New York recording with Jonathan Schenke, who produced Parquet Courts’ ‘Light Up Gold’ and has just completed their new one, which I had the pleasure of listening to last week (an absolute step up, if that’s possible).
After our van was broken into within an hour of being in NYC, we drove up to Tree Time Studios (Cornwall NY) and didn’t leave the place for a week. Snowed in and on a roll. Never had a more rewarding recording experience. The next week, we spent mixing in Brooklyn… or Jonny did, as I looked on in various stages of hungover. The record, I guess, is the culmination of what we were trying to do with Ores & Minerals. It’s there. It’s exciting and hopefully it won’t be long till you get to hear it. Scheduled for release late summer and I’m sure they’ll be something out way before then.
Franz Ferdinand asked us to support them at The Roundhouse in London next week, so we’ll be playing a few of these new songs then. Come.
Thanks to everyone who bought our records and came out to our shows in 2013. We’re enthused that Ores & Minerals and then Better Ghosts seem to mean so much to such a cool bunch of people. Considering we didn’t think we’d tour much in 2013, we somehow managed to play nearly a hundred shows. Massive hugs to everyone we played with along the way.
We have one last show of 2013; the FatCat Xmas Party with Paws and Traams. It’s FREE
The ‘Better Ghosts’ 10-track EP is out on Monday via FatCat Records, available from their website, all good record stores and from us on tour from 20th-27th November. The wrap-around sleeve was designed by Bradley Kerl with hand stamped white labels. All hand-packaged and complete with a download code. If this is repressed, it won’t look like this again. Order now from FatCat
We also have a really limited amount of CD versions. Again, they’re hand made and hand packaged and at £6, they’re as cheap as buying the MP3s. Only available from us on tour and from our BigCartel thereafter.
One of the best things about doing headline tours is being able to play with a load of bands we love and new bands who we haven’t had the opportunity to see yet. Here’s the full list of people we’ll be playing with around the UK this month
20TH NOVEMBER 2013
Nation Of Shopkeepers with Cowtown
21ST NOVEMBER 2013
Glad Cafe with Deathcats
22ND NOVEMBER 2013
Head Of Steam with Fawn Spots & Something
23RD NOVEMBER 2013
Tye Die Tapes HQ with O’Messy Life, Poledo & Warmhammer
24TH NOVEMBER 2013
Dulcimer with Shinies
25TH NOVEMBER 2013
The Prince Albert with Royal Limp & Shudder Pulps
26TH NOVEMBER 2013
Buffalo Bar with Fjords
It’s that time of year… when the weather gets abysmal and the nights begin at four pm, we know it’s time for the annual Mazes Autumn UK tour. We’ve put together a week long tour that coincides with the release of our new record ‘Better Ghosts’. Can’t wait!
Here’s the info…
Leeds // Nation Of Shopkeeper // FREE
Glasgow // Glad Cafe // £6
Newcastle // Head Of Steam // £5.50
Manchester // Dulcimer // £6
Brighton // Prince Albert // £6
Cardiff // Buffalo Bar // £5.50
Stream ‘Better Ghosts’ over at This Is Fake DIY
Pre-order it via FatCat Records
Recorded at Sound Savers in Homerton (London) on a Tascam 388 by Mark Jasper.
We have a mini-album coming out in October on FatCat Records. It’s called ‘Better Ghosts’ and this is the artwork by our friend Bradley Kerl. These things demand a label but we can’t decide whether it’s an EP, a mini-album or just an album. Pretty sure it doesn’t matter. The same could be said for the ‘IBB Tape’ LP that came out just after our first proper album ‘A Thousand Heys’. I’m confused.
We had a whole host of songs earmarked for a new album and we were keen to record a couple of covers we’d been doing on tour. Anyhow, we booked some studio time and the EP idea sprawled and stretched into a 10 song record. I think ‘experimental’ is one of the most overused words in music but it was really liberating to make a record that didn’t have any expectations. The live sounding songs were recorded at Soundsavers in Homerton… a really great place to record if you’re into recording onto tape. They have a Tascam 388 which we drooled over. The rest of the tracks were done on our Tascam 488 at home. That’s for tape nerds.
Pitchfork just premiered a song ‘Hayfever Wristband’ - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16038-hayfever-wristband/
That’s Donovan on the cover btw