The Maldives – Listen To The Thunder [Album Reviews]

by Woody on September 2, 2009

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A couple weeks back I got an email name-checking Gram Parsons, Crazy Horse and The Band. And then, as if my interest wasn’t already piqued, they said the band was from Seattle and along with another HearYa favorite, The Moondoggies, were bringing pedal steel to the birth city of grunge. If I was a puppy, I would have rolled over and let the PR person rub my belly. I was that excited to download that album.

But how many times does said excitement lead to letdown? Countless times. Its easy to name-check The Band, but The Maldives strike all the right notes. The nine-piece, yep I counted them myself on MySpace, produce a huge alt-county sound including an outstanding jam towards the end of “The Time Is Right Now.” They also work in a couple of country ballads, the best of them being “Say Nothing” that features a lovely accompanying female vocalist and a mournful violin that winds through the six minute tune.

Stompers, ballads, easy-going rockers – these boys have it all. Much like The Moondoggies, they aren’t afraid to stretch a song over 5 mintues which I absolutely love. They even slipped a 10 minute tune with the amazing “Walk Away.” The Maldives have done an amazing job of intertwining your traditional elements of country with just enough rock to give them a kick in the ass when necessary. They are still mainly working out in and around the West Coast but they have landed right on my radar here in The Midwest.

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The Maldives – Tequila Sunday

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That Guy September 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I love these guys – best band no one has ever heard of. I actually initially heard about them on Tim Seely’s web site (former frontman of the Actual Tigers) – he helped produce a rough cut of Tequila Sunday a long time ago that got my attention. Here’s an older HearYa post about them with some old tracks for download – http://www.hearya.com/2008/09/15/look-out-for-the-maldives/.

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