To round off one of their most successful years, Manchester band The Maple State have announced a brand new single ‘Germany/A Notion’ arriving 10th January 2019.
The four-piece have also dropped a video for lead track ‘Germany.’ Described to be “a rousing slice of driving indie-punk that leans towards some of the band’s heavier influences’ it’s something you can’t miss.
“I was raised on punk rock; in Manchester in the 90s this wasn’t normal,” explains frontman Greg Counsell about the musical inspiration behind the new material. “I remember thinking it was strange that none of my school friends knew The Damned or The Buzzcocks or The Rezillos. I think I’m the only person on earth who got into folk music as a teenager to rebel against their parents. ‘Germany’ is my take on the sort of punk rock songs that I was raised on; aggressive but fun.”
The new track marks as the follow up from the collectives chronically-overdue debut album ‘The Things I Heard At The Party’ in early 2018 after a decade apart.
“I saw a lot of post-modernism and overt self-awareness in most contemporary music,” continues Counsell of his doubts over their return, “while in contrast our music has always had more romanticism to it—like Shane McGowan, Tom Petty, and Mike Skinner, we write from the heart via the head. I really didn’t know how our music would be received in 2018, or if there was even a place in indie/punk rock for the sorts of stories we were telling.”
The news follows their rare December shows for 2018 in Manchester and London with old friends data.select.party. Dates for that are below:
‘Germany/A Notion’ is released 10th January 2018
The Maple State live dates:
22.12.18 – Manchester – Deaf Institute (w/ data.select.party & C33s)
23.12.18 – London – The Old Blue Last (w/ data.select.party)