Shady Maples

Shady Maples

 Berkeley, California, USA
BandRockAlternative

Gritty and explosive lap steel, electric and acoustic driven rock, americana and latin with a lyrical centerpiece.

Biography

Shady Maples’ self-produced debut album, Unfold, is a combustible combination of alternative rock, Americana and Latin that showcases the dynamic songwriting of Berkeley’s Owen Roberts and the explosive swamp psychedelic arrangements of San Diego’s beer brewing lap steel wizard Greg Peters.

Roberts and Peters toured the California coast for two years, writing and tightening their set until their vision for the band's sound outgrew the limitations of a duo. They brought in Trent Boeschen on drums and Dennis Haneda on bass to create a sound that swells to blistering heights and recedes to introspective subtlety.

After a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, Shady Maples holed up in legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley to record their full length debut. San Francisco siren Kelly McFarling sings harmony on the album, and multi-instrumentalist Brooklyn Bill Bell rocks the Hammond and pump organs, Werlitzer, piano and mandolin. Roberts' lyrics in English and Spanish are a testament to his California roots and limber tongue, and Peters' mastery of the lap steel and electric guitars are the result of his mom's lifelong effort to teach him piano.

Lyrics

Salt Water

Written By: Owen Roberts

I’ve been under water so long
All I see is blue
My boat capsized at midnight
Now it’s half past noon
And I’m holding the same breath
And I’m holding the same breath

I hear my baby calling from the shore
A thousand miles away or more
she’s leaning over the ocean
Crying into the tide
Watching her tears fall
While I keep waiting for my body to rise

Salt water float me to my coast
Bring me home
Don’t let my soul seep out my bones
Bring me home

I’ve been drifting, tumbling so long
That I’ve forgotten the sun
But I caught the wind
As I slipped into the ocean
And I won’t let it blow out of my lungs

I breathed the wind, I breathed the wind in
I breathed in the wind
And I’m holding the same breath
I’m holding the wind, holding the wind in
I’m holding in the wind
And I’m holding the same breath

Salt water float me to my coast
Bring me home
I won’t let my soul seep out my bones
Bring me home

I’ve been under water so long
All I see is blue

Fog Song

Written By: Owen Roberts

Asleep on a fault line
Curled into the fog alone
So no one knows where I've fallen
Peace, be the compromise
Help me find myself again
Without having to look too long

When my body is rested
I'll know where my mind's gone
I let my heart become
as hard as the bed I'm lying on

Home below
I watched the light dim
It was shining on the outside of the window
Here where the fog rolls
It falls and holds me alone

When my mind is rested
I'll find where my light's been
I let my heart become
as dark as the night I'm lying in

Here where my body lies alone
Where my heart fades into the fog
Here where the night won't be as long
If I fade into the fog

It's cold up on the fault line
Huddled in the car alone
So no one knows where I've fallen
Peace, be the compromise
Help me find myself again
Without having to look too long

Its Influence

Written By: Owen Roberts

I chose my words
like a barefoot step over embers
And let them be heard
accompanied by benevolent gestures
The silence I stole, I was sure
nobody would miss it
The less that I spoke
the more nobody was listening
I lost my calm to the bottom of a precipice
And I leapt out into the darkness
after its influence

Chorus
And I saw how far I’d gone
And I saw what I was falling on
When I came colliding into your hiding place
Only then did I confront myself face to face

I held my breath
as long as I was able to manage
Deep in my chest
where I thought it wouldn’t cause any damage
The time that I stole
I was sure nobody would chase it
The more that I took
the less anybody was wasting
I found my calm at the bottom of an avalanche
when I let myself get swept up into its influence

Chorus

And you followed me down
You followed me down
And you followed me down
You followed me down
Why did you follow me down
Follow me down
Why’d you follow me down
Follow me down

Chorus

Tectonic Plates

Written By: Owen Roberts

I was looking at my palm
contemplating my fate
I was standing on a mountaintop
straddling tectonic plates
I dove into the ocean
through a break in the clouds
And landed on a wave as it was breaking
back up on the ground

Lying on my back
looking up where the stars were
Knowing if I let myself go
I might see even farther
My breath was deep
and I felt my pulse on the balls of my feet
I was more awake then asleep at last
Looking through anything that I could see past
Kicking back on the grass

Hold the door, I’m coming home
Hold the door, I’m coming home
Hold the door, it won’t be long
Hold it wide, I’m coming inside

I’ll be standing on my hands
with all the blood in my face
Up on a mountaintop
straddling tectonic plates
I’ll dive into the ocean
through a break in the clouds
And land on a wave as it breaks
back up on the ground

Vaya Con Dios

Written By: Owen Roberts

Dices que no vas
pero no vuelves
Dices que no vas
pero no vuelves
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez

Dices que no vuelves
pero nunca vas
Dices que no vuelves
pero nunca vas
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez

Que te vea, que te vea, que te vea

Te miro, pero no me ves
Te llamo, y tu no me oyes
Te miro, pero no me ves

Me miras, pero no te veo
Me llamas, y yo no te oigo
Me miras, pero no te veo

Dices que no bailas
pero no te sientas
Dices que no bailas
pero no te sientas
Baila conmigo que te sienta otra vez
Baila conmigo que te sienta otra vez

Dices que ya vienes
quando llegarás
Dices que ya vienes
quando llegarás
Venga conmigo que te vea otra vez
Venga conmigo que te vea otra vez

Que te vea, que te vea, que te vea

Discography

"Unfold"
Shady Maples, 2012
Produced by Owen Roberts and Greg Peters

"Bay to Maples"
Owen Roberts, 2007
Produced by Owen Roberts and Yair Evnine

Set List

Set Length: 45min-2.5hrs
8-20 songs

Originals from the albums "Unfold" and "Bay to Maples" plus covers of Led Zepplin, Manu Chao, Creedence Clearwater Revival.