Tuesday, April 5, 2011
[press release] With just over a week away from the release of their anticipated debut LP, A Thousand Heys (April 12 on FatCat Records), London-based garage-pop band Mazes have teamed up with The Fader to premiere the hilariously whacked out animated video for their current single, "Most Days." Looking like a clip from the "120 Minutes" era, the lo-fi burst of power-pop soundtracks a group of teenage misanthropes as they skate and wreak havoc across the city. The video, featuring a motley crew of bizarre creatures, including a Triceratops, a paper-bag man, a man-dog and something that looks like a Pac-Man ghost, was created by the UK illustration team of brothers Paul and Matt Layzell who were inspired by the "old home-made skate movies [him and his brother] used to make as kids." As The Fader describes: "The end product is an acid-trip Nickelodeon meets Baker skate video. Plain awesome." See for yourself below.
"Most Days" is culled from the band's debut full-length album, A Thousand Heys, which has been racking up great reviews in the UK and impressive airplay across BBC radio. Influential DJ Zane Lowe exclaimed: "You know The Vaccines, you know The Strokes, this is the next lot." Meanwhile, Mojo stamped the album with four stars and called it "An impressive debut that crackles with vitality," adding, "they have a bunch of energetic, exciting, fuzzy guitar tunes that deserve an even wider audience."
The foursome's first long-player follows a slew of DIY 7"s, split singles and cassette releases and benefits greatly from the luxury of a proper studio and 10 days of recording, instead of their usual one or two. The album was recorded with producer Ben Phillips at his floating converted studio, Lightship 95, which was originally a 1939 Lightship used to guide vessels into the Thames Estuary to safety. The unique recording process was documented in an episode of VBS TV's' "Found," watchable HERE.
Mazes are currently back on tour in the UK with Dum Dum Girls having just returned from the states where they made their American debut at SXSW. BrooklynVegan.com singled the band's performance out as a highlight of the fest, calling their music "superior '90s style indie rock."
Posted by Dan Goldin at 1:36 AM