A Shameless Plug for a Friend’s Band – Mazes
So, the other week me and t’other half nipped over to the Lock Tavern in Camden for a nice Sunday lunch and a couple of beers, when randomly an old friend from Manchester walked up to the bar. Not only was it quite strange to bump into someone I’ve not seen for a while, it was all the more unusual as he lives in Manchester but he was down here.
Anyway, to the point; as it turns out Jay was playing a gig with his new band Mazes. Having known Jay for a while and benefitting from a bit of knowledge of his past endeavours (worked with Stephen Fretwell on the successful Magpie album, was part of The Beep Seals – who I love – and has had a hand in some other successful acts) I thought it’d be rude not to stick around to see the Mazes.
As it turned out they were excellent, and I’m not just saying that to support a mate. From my limited knowledge of the Lock Tavern, it’s not the easiest venue to get booked in and it’s even less the kind of venue where a band could get away with being a bit crap. Thankfully, I thought they performed very well and it seemed to the rest of the crowd thought so too.
As a precursor to listening, they sound a little like Stephen Malkmus, Pavement, Silver Jews or even a more intense Neutral Milk Hotel – apologies to the band if that comparison is well off – but a better Malkmus and an equal Pavement is what I hear !
Anyway, have a listen and let me know what you think with some comments.