By The Maple State
Since forming in 2005, Manchester's The Maple State have toured extensively with the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Fightstar, Minus The Bear, +44 and many more throughout both Europe and America, and recently signed with their hometown label High Voltage Sounds. Although their most immediate influences hail from the other side of the Atlantic, the likes of The Get Up Kids and Decemberists, their sound also owes much to classic British acts like The Smiths and The Cure.
Taken from their second EP, 'For The Temperate Lives' is a melodic slice of sprawling alternative rock. Two things strike me immediately about this song. Firstly, its rousing chorus sounds almost as though it has been plucked from a football terrace, such is its anthemic quality. Also, whilst some might find the pace of the song a little sluggish, I feel that this tempo is just too slow, much like 'Supersonic' by Oasis, but weirdly this seems to benefit the overall feel of the song.
It is not an obvious single, and is perhaps not as hooky or instant as some of their other material. It is, though, a fine effort from a very promising group, fusing their northern cynicisms with an Atlantic sized chorus.
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