Ma Polaine's Great Decline

Ma Polaine's Great Decline

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Whether the inspiration is delta blues, 1940s jazz singers, country or just good old-fashioned life experience, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline is all about music, not any persona, and no dramatics.

Biography

Whether the inspiration is delta blues, 1940s jazz singers, country or just good old-fashioned life experience, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline is all about music, not any persona, and no dramatics.
Sidestepping a concern for genre, the songs are allowed to be very personal, both lyrically and musically, and with a band of carefully chosen people, the live performances portray that honest approach.

“The concept behind Ma Polaine’s Great Decline was not predetermined, we hadn’t come up with a passable name or even band members before the first gig, and we enjoy the space that this allows us. We can write without a requirement to stay within the boundaries of a particular style, and without the desire to fit into a scene. And with two writers, we can draw on more influences than if it was just one of us, which is creatively very positive”.

The haunting subtly of “The Poison Sits” contrasts to the up-tempo and swinging “Wrong Side of Town””, and the beauty of country-soul ballad, “No Words We Need”.

The inspiration for writing was fueled after playing for the second time, a half hour set at The Gladstone in Borough, where each song was gifted with a concentrated silence from the full audience. Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continues to play across London, and are due to release a second EP later in 2012. This EP will feature gritty blues harp, a horn section from somewhere between Stax and vaudeville, and Beth Packer’s emotive vocal.

Discography

Ma Polaine's Great Decline EP