As the Elba Annual begins to draw to a close for 2009, today’s post comes from one of my favourite new bands, Maple Leaves.
They’ve had a pretty busy year cramming in much more than many unsigned bands could do in several years with a set at T in The Park, tv and radio performances not to mention the thumbs up from none other than Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian). Here’s hoping that we see plenty more of them in 2010. Anna tells us what made her 2009…
Album of The Year – May I have 3? Or even 4? This is nigh on impossible to choose just one, I’m afraid as Checkmate Savage by Phantom Band, the God Help The Girl album, Zoey Van Goey’s ‘The Cage Was Unlocked All Along’ were all out…so how do you choose between them? Not to mention Bill Callahan record….! Sorry I’m quite bad at making decisions on stuff like this….!
Favourite New Band – I love what I have heard from Olympic Swimmers (formerly Hindle Wakes). Their songs are really beautiful, have loads of depth and atmospheric – I really can’t wait to hear more from them.
Best Gig (Maple Leaves) – Playing T in the Park was fantastic, there were random Canadians dressed up in Toronto Maple Leafs hockey gear which was pretty funny…(although gutting for them when they discovered we’re not Canadian..!) It was our 6th gig so we were scared and excited at the same time but getting up on stage, it all just fell into place. It’s hard to top that in a way, but then the gig at King Tut’s in the summer was so much fun, it was our first time playing there and we had a blast.
Best Gig (Other) – Yo La Tengo in the ABC blew me away, but David Byrne at the Edinburgh Playhouse was beyond amazing. What a voice – he had the whole theatre up and dancing, and was doing crazy dancing in a tutu…
Best Memories of 2009 – Playing my hometown of Newcastle was really cool, but the whole T in the Park Maples adventure with the boys was memorable from start to finish! From piling into the car with the tunes turned up loud, playing on stage, getting filmed for BBC One…and then celebrating with the boys in the crowd for Nick Cave
Things You’re Look forward to in 2010 – Releasing our first proper single and playing some great shows, in Edinburgh and in King Tuts again in January. We were in Chemikal Underground’s Chem 19 studios in November and the songs for our first single are just getting mastered now, so should be released in the New Year. Can’t wait!
Follow Maple Leaves at the following for latest gigs and newses…
Facebook group – Maple Leaves