In the great Northwest, The Maldives are more than a band, they are an institution. With a history that goes back more than a decade (their friendships considerably longer), they have brought their cultivated brand of American rock to avid crowds across the country, gracing the stages at SXSW, CMJ, Capitol Hill Block Party, Sasquatch, and Bumbershoot.
Their newest venture, "Mad Lives," is melodically a lushly layered, psych-folk, poly-rhythmic rock adventure through personal mythos, space, and time. It is a concept record that tells the story of a man who fell in love with the sun, is dropped to the sea, and goes blind staring at the sun, trying to find the love that was once there. A collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Rose Windows), and featuring Eyvind Kang (Lou Reed, Blonde Redhead, Bill Frisell) on strings, "Mad Lives" is a bold step into a new, even more cinematic, musical terrain for the band, driving deeper into the heart of love, loss, and how time gets away from us.
The group's previous work includes their debut full-length, 2009’s Americana-tinged "Listen to the Thunder" (produced by Grammy Award-winner Kory Kruckenberg), and "Muscle for the Wing" (Spark & Shine), a fist-pumping, rock and roll exploration of ballads and anthems, with producer Shawn Simmons (The Head and the Heart, Lemolo, Kithkin) at the helm.
"It's a love letter to classic American songwriting, a wonder of well-nourished craftsmanship. That title:
poetry. As evocative a phrase as any you'll hear this year." - City Arts Magazine
"More important, the songs on their third album are their sharpest batch to date, ranging from Thin Lizzy -
influenced rockers to desolate, country-steeped ballads." - KEXP 90.3 // Seattle
"Catchy choruses and classic rock and roll guitars will never be out of style, and in turn, neither will Muscle
For The Wing." - Aquarian Weekly (NJ)
MEMBERS: JASON DODSON, TIM GADBOIS, FAUSTINE HUDSON, JESSE BONN, CHRIS WARNER, KEVIN BARRANS, & ADAM BILY
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