Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Ste from unsigned band The Maitlands to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band consists of Carl Ingram (vocals and words), Francis Moran (guitar and music), Saul Gerrard (drums), Matt Byrne (bass), Tom Sillitoe (keys) and me, Ste Ackley (guitar). Carl and Francis formed the band around 5 years from the ashes of their previous group. Saul came along about 2 and a half years ago, having known Carl and Francis from being in bands around Oldham. Me, Matt and Tom were all in another band together previously. Myself and Matt signed up about 16 months ago and Tom is the most recent, joining a few months ago. We’ve lost a few people along the way who didn’t share the same enthusiasm but this line up feels very settled now. We all like each other which makes a massive difference when you spend as much time together as we do!
With regard to where the band name came from, we’ve seen a few theories on-line recently which has been funny to read but the truth is that it’s just the family name in the film, Beetlejuice.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Everyone has come with different influences, be that punk, brit pop, metal, dance or hip hop. I think we’re all a bit closer in what we listen to today but it’s still a very broad spectrum. We all agree on a bit of Idles, Car Seat Headrest or The Mars Volta in the car though.
How would you describe your sound?
Spikey, lush, fast, slow. Depends what day it is. Listen and make your own minds up.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest tune is called Dissatisfied which we have only released digitally. It’s a tale of general disinterest and the struggle to keep people's attention. It’s not aimed at one person or thing, just society in general. It’s been by far our most successful release to date. It hit over 1300 plays on Spotify in just 3 days which is massive for us.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local scene is fantastic at the moment and there’s a real community spirit with everyone helping each other along the way. Callow Youth who we’ve been playing with from very early in their career are getting bigger and bigger every week, Heavy Salad are a relatively new band but will be massive by the end of the year, The Battery Farm have been our pals for years and have just started playing under their new name and then just over the hill in Huddersfield you have Ables Army who we gig swap with whenever we can. That’s just a small selection, we could go on all day with the amount of talent that’s around right now.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have another single recorded and ready to go probably at the end of July but the success of Dissatisfied has caught us out a bit so we will maybe push that back a couple of weeks. Then we’re back in the studio for a couple of days in August. We’re pretty quick when we’re recording so will hopefully get an EP’s worth of material out of that. Gig wise, there’s loads coming up this year. Over the next few weeks we have Blackthorn music festival in Stockport on July 20th, a headline show at Manchester Academy 3 on August 10th and Cotton Clouds festival in Greenfield on August 16th. If you have a look at our social media channels everything is on there.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There’s been a few conversations about us doing something with Ables Army, so that’ll probably come off at some point this year. I think a collaboration with Heavy Salad would blow a few minds too, I think we can make that happen...
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Not so much a performance, but we recently played a gig with The Fontaines DC and as these things have a habit of doing, we all ended up in the pub with afterwards. We all got on great and are fans of what each other’s bands are doing. They were heading off on the European leg of their tour the next morning and asked if we fancied going with them to support on a few of the dates. There was much excitement for 5 minutes until we realised that 2 Mait’s don’t have current passports!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Some sections seem to have us pegged as the “local indie chancers” but we’re 100% serious about what we do and how we do it.