Maiden Speech

Maiden Speech

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"This is retro synthesised pop that is both kitschy and cool. ‘Leopard Print Gloves’ wouldn’t sound at all out of place on a Kate Bush album." REVERB Magazine

Biography

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News:

~ MAIDEN SPEECH #2 IN 4ZzZ ALBUM CHARTS~
8 weeks and counting, Maiden Speech is in the Top 20 of Radio Play with their debut album!

~ MAIDEN SPEECH OPEN FOR QUEER FILM FESTIVAL! ~
The Maidens will host and perform for the opening night alongside Scissor Sisters DJ Sammy Jo!

~A YEN FOR THE MAIDENS' DEBUT ALBUM ~
Maiden Speech featured in this issue of Yen Magazine in 'Albums We Heart'!

~ LEONARD COHEN COMPLIMENTS THE MAIDENS ~
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leonard Cohen has seen The Maidens' clip on youtube, which is a cover of his 'Gypsy's Wife' with a nod to Pat Benatar's 'Love is a Battlefield'.
What does he say about it?
'Terrific... I have yet to recover from their stab of beauty.'

Search for The Maidens Do Leonard Cohen.

~ DEBUT ALBUM MAKING WAVES ~

The Album, mixed by Aria- Award winner Magoo, comes with a free shrinky and pocket poster! Also available on Limited Edition Dolby Cassette!

The Maidens celebrate the Australian release at their CD Coming Out Party at The Zoo on 7th Feb.

~ STRANGE GIRL VIDEO NOW LAUNCHED ~
The 'Strange Girl' video was filmed in Dungeness while on tour in the UK - it is a tribute to Derek Jarman and Ed Wood Jr.

~ WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL STORM! ~
Maiden Speech performed throughout the week at The Empire to rave reviews!

~ MAIDEN SPEECH FEATURED ON 4ZzZ 80's SPECIAL ~

Maiden Speech inspired an entire morning show to be called 'Don't Be Afraid of the 80's', featuring such visionaries as Visage, Bananarama, Talk Talk and The Maidens, including the full-length interview they did at Woodford Folk Festival.

~ UK/CYPRUS TOUR HOT HOT HOT! ~
15 dates in all, including Latitude Festival in Suffolk, Summer Arts Festival in Limassol and playing London gigs at The Vibe Bar, Madame Jo Jo's, Club 333 and headlining at The Fly!

~ Magoo Mixes Magic for the Maidens' Debut! ~
Legendary ARIA award winning producer, Magoo, gets his hands on The Maidens!

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MAIDEN SPEECH

Maiden Speech is Australian avant-garde Poetry-Pop act Almaryse Murphy and Pascalle Burton, busting open genres, incorporating spoken word poetry and 80’s inspired songs with a sophisticated funk twist. Think Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson and a dash of Nina Hagen for good measure.

To hear them is one thing – to experience Maiden Speech live takes it to another level. Are you a rebel? Have you ever danced with the devil? The seasoned performers and musicians bring elements of Talking Heads, Chicks on Speed, Cabaret and Performance Art. They have been likened to a female cross between Tenacious D and Salt-N-Pepa.

Maiden Speech currently represents themselves through their independent label, Maiden Speech Portal, formed less than a year ago. In this short time, they have been regularly gigging with over 50 local and international gigs combined. This year, Maiden Speech Portal orchestrated a 2007 UK/Cyprus tour, performing to ecstatic and diverse crowds.

The duo recently launched their debut album (produced by Ant Aggs and mixed by Magoo). Dave Graney says:
“The songs sounded excellent, you have the chops and the ideas. Brilliant... You are certainly playing in a wide open area there, no one else for miles around!”

Maiden Speech releases, including the new album on CD and Limited Edition Dolby Cassette, sell well at gigs and via the internet, including a contract with IODA Digital Distribution. The tracks have been featured on Triple J Unearthed and reside in the Pop and overall charts. Radio play includes Triple J, ABC (where they performed live), and other community stations around Australia.

Maiden Speech gains regular press in publications and online music sites such as Timeoff, Rave, Sunday Mail, Quest, MX, Music.com.au, Brispop.com, RawAudio.net. The UK and Cyprus Tour has garnered press, radio and television spots also.

The Myspace page connects with a solid and growing fanbase. Through the Sonic Bids EPK, a Live Show Montage video (recorded by Browndog Productions and edited by Almaryse) hosted by Youtube and viewable on the Myspace page, Maiden Speech networks with programmers and other artists and manages a busy live schedule, locally and internationally.

The UK and Cyprus Tour has met with rave responses from the crowds, venue managers and other artists, resulting in return and new invitations for UK Summer 2008. The Maidens' itinerary held 15 dates over eight weeks, including:
• Festivals: –Latitude Festival (scheduled to play the Truck Festival; however it was rained out), Summer Arts Festival in Limassol, Cyprus
• London Music Venues: Madame Jo Jo’s (Glitz club night), The Vibe Bar (Feedback club night), Club 333 (The Dollhouse club night), The Fly
• UK Poetry Venues: Y Tuesday Poetry Club @ The Three Kings, Farrago SLAM @ RADA, Poetry Café, Cov

Lyrics

Something in the Water

Written By: Maiden Speech/Ant Aggs

Something in the Water

There’s something in the water round these parts
Something in the water round here
There’s something in the water round these parts
Something in the water water water

There’s something in the water round these parts
Something in the water round here
Something in the water
Something in the water
Something in the water

It’s not like we’re having babies
More than the babies that we want
It’s not like our teeth are falling out
Or we’re slowly going bald
It’s not like we look peculiar
Though opinion is a right
It’s not like we’re extra thirsty
Or we can’t sleep well at night

So one day we were all sitting around and Mikey pulls it out.
He was flipping and twisting.
And all of a sudden it was all white, then all yellow, then red, then green.
And it was finished.
In record time.
We were saying, ‘how the hell did he do that?
How does Mikey do it?
Where does someone learn something like that?’

There’s something in the water round these parts
Something in the water round here
There’s something in the water round these parts
Something in the water water water

Something in the water
Something in the water
Something in the water

Oh something in the water

It’s not like we’re having babies
More than the babies that we want
It’s not like our teeth are falling out
Or we’re slowly going bald
It’s not like we look peculiar
Though opinion is a right
It’s not like we’re extra thirsty
Or we can’t sleep well at night

Leopard Print Gloves

Written By: Maiden Speech/Ant Aggs

Tick tock tick tock out of time
Beating to a different drum
Sway and rock it
Though Gary Numan strikes a pose, Strike a pose, Strike a pose, Strike a pose

Tick tock tick tock out of time Beating to a different drum

And the music will carry you away
(away to where you find yourself)
To where you find yourself breaking off your fingernails
One by one, leaving your fingers blunt
(one by one by one by one)
(and) Your eyes so wide, but that may be the caffeine.

Make your move
Expect
The pavement to light to your step
Expect
Your name to go down in history
Why couldn’t you be a Queen or a King?
Why shouldn’t it be you in the Leopard print gloves and suspender belt?

Hard Work. Hard Work.
Rewards soon come.
Are you ready?
Ready for your rewards?

And the music will carry you away, (away to where you find yourself)
To where you find yourself breaking off your fingernails,
One by one, leaving your fingers blunt
(one by one by one by one)
(and) Your eyes so wide, but that may be the caffeine

Make your move
Expect the pavement to light to your step
History
Or a King?
In suspender belt?
Hard Work
Are you ready
For your rewards?

Tick tock Tick tock out of time, Beating to a different drum

My Sister

Written By: Maiden Speech/Ant Aggs

It’s about time, it’s about time, it’s about time,
My sister came home
It’s about time, it’s about time, it’s about time,
My sister came home

How could she leave her sister alone
She was stolen by the English Summer

A string of adventures she made her path
Walked it with friends and some broken hearts
One of which is mine but my love’s not lost
She’ll return with a tale to tell

Once upon a crispy morn
We walked along the streets of London
Suddenly sullen, war-torn
High alarm to warn the fallen
Double-decker went to plan
Street corners full of press and mess
Ripped open like a sardine can
Spilling in the wave of panic and soundlessness

It’s about time, it’s about time, it’s about time,
My sister came home
It’s about time, it’s about time, it’s about time,
My sister came home
How could she leave her sister alone
She was stolen by the English Summer

Whispering ‘why?’ into the empty air
Agreeing with our eyes that this was
Not a quiz of why but when, and then
Our minds began to stare
We thought of I-R-A and I-R-A-Q
And all the pioneers to this silence and sea of sunken heads –
A thought for the dead
Everywhere

Tell me a story
Tell me a yarn
Bend my ear with your tale to tell…..

Café owners made no keep
Close misses helped us sleep
Calls in sick meant some would live to see the night
Wakeful though, and fraught with fright
No Frida for us today
No kids come out to play
The cracks in the pavement are new, just made
We think of land mines and run inside the gate.

Tell me a story
Tell me a yarn
Bend my ear with your tale to tell…..

So the tale goes on, some news each day
Tubes are trippy, back packers are shamed
Blacks are blamed
Papers incite terror in their own way
Some Starsky and Hutch clip the life from a man who was saving for a moped –
Oh the threat -
Heroes excommunicated, trigger-happy feds with no cred
We all feel bled, truth be said.

Truth be said.

Discography

* Self-Titled Debut Album (2007): 10 tracks; produced by Ant Aggs and mixed by Magoo; released on Limited Edition Dolby Cassette and CD.

* Taster CD (2006): 3 tracks; produced by Ant Aggs and Pauly Bromley; includes a 12 page mini-zine of art and poetry by Maiden Speech; sold to fanbase and used as demo.

Set List

- Don't Be Afraid of the 80's
- Something in the Water
- My Sister
- Roberta Mary Golden
- That Feeling
- Strange Girl
- Who Invented This?
- Leopard Print Gloves
- 1, 2, 3, 4
- Louis the Funk
- One Word
-The Life She's Given Me
-The Night is Young
-Maiden Speech Advert
-Maiden Speech Prologue featuring the voice of Lord Byron
-Gypsy's Wife (Leonard Cohen cover)
-Beat 4 You (Pseudo Echo/Bronsky Beat/Stevie Wonder cover)
...and the songs are flowing steadily, many more to come.