Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves

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Multi-instrumentalist 4 piece whose sunny blend of intelligent indie pop is awash with luscious harmonies, killer hooks and quirky lyrics.

Biography

Maple Leaves comprise the unlikely melding of a radio presenter, a historian, a computer whizz and a guitar teacher from the west of Scotland and north east England. Conscientious by day, by night they also like to play hard: crafting and performing beautiful, folk-tinged indie pop songs.

The band was formed at an open mic night in Glasgow in late 2008, the quirky and tuneful performances of Anna Miles and Julian Corrie each impressing the other. They began writing together, agreeing that clever words, catchy melodies and soaring harmonies were the essential components of the perfect pop song. They wrote a few before recruiting local boy Graeme Thomson who, seeking respite from an American history PhD, was delighted to hit drums of an evening.

Maple Leaves’ first gigs as a 3 piece garnered rave reviews and, just 5 shows in, a coveted place on the T Break Stage at T in the Park. An appearance on BBC Three followed, plus airplay on BBC Radio One and BBC Nan Gaidheal. Scottish indie stalwarts including Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch added their praise to the approving words of the music press. Indeed, Murdoch was so impressed he selected Miles to sing lead on his God Help The Girl soundtrack (Rough Trade, 2010) for which a feature film will be produced in 2012.

Maple Leaves’ debut EP, Golden Ether, appeared on Glasgow label Bubblegum Records in 2010, and was featured both in BBC Three drama Lip Service and on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 2 show.

En route, Maple Leaves acquired a versatile bass player in Ross Kelly, bringing the number of singing multi-instrumentalists to four, and causing further headaches to sound guys across the country. They begin 2012 with exciting prospects. Brand new guitarist, the young and vigorous Fraser MacPherson, has stepped in as Corrie directs his attention to the role of producer. Meanwhile, Maple Leaves’ eagerly anticipated second EP, Robots, is recorded and due for release in the spring.

Four instrument-swapping songwriters, three Scots and a Geordie, and all of them devastatingly attractive. If 2012 really does bring the end of the world, Maple Leaves will help take the edge off it.

Discography

'KIRSTY/EASY SPEAK'(2009)
- double A-side single, self-released for digital download.
- both tracks have received radio airplay, including Radio 1's 'BBC Introducing' show and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal.

'TAPESTRY' (2010)
- self-released CD single (inc. B-side 'Fields')
- sold internationally, receiving radio airplay including BBC Radio1.

'GOLDEN ETHER EP' (2010)
- featuring 'Golden Ether', 'Drunk at the Pulpit', 'Empire' & 'What a Day'
- Debut EP released by Bubblegum Records
- Distributed internationally on CD and digital download
- First single, 'Golden Ether' has received radio airplay, including Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 2 show
- 'Empire' was featured in BBC 3 drama series, Lip Service

Set List

Typically we play a 30-45 minute set of original songs. Our current set usually includes some or all of the following:

- Full On
- Tapestry
- Robots
- Missing Parts
- Golden Ether
- Rollercoaster
- Still Life
- Those Arms
- Kirsty