Rounding off a year that kickstarted a triumphantly-received reunion for cult Manchester band The Maple State, the quartet have announced a new AA-side single ‘Germany/A Notion’ set for release on 10th January 2019.
Following a trio of sold-out return dates around the UK earlier this year, the news comes ahead of a rare pair of December 2018 live dates in Manchester and London this Christmas (see below for listings) with old friends from the embryonic late ‘00s scene data.select.party.
The four piece have also revealed a video for lead track ‘Germany’—a rousing slice of driving indie-punk that leans towards some of the band’s heavier influences whilst retaining their knack for a belting melody and a fist-in-the-air chorus.
“I was raised on punk rock; in Manchester in the 90s this wasn’t normal,” explains front man 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.”
Revamped and revitalised by the ongoing interest in their output, the band are setting their sights on releasing further new music and hitting the road proper again in 2019.
‘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)