Maven is a band which since emerging back in 2012 has earned an increasingly potent reputation for their alternative rock sound loaded with big rousing choruses, captivating melody, and emotive intensity. Increasingly individuality has also been a growing aspect in its persuasive character and all are in full roar within new EP, Am I Awake?
London hailing, Maven has endured a host of personnel changes over the years but with a stable line-up now established, the quintet has built their way towards the encroaching of major spotlights. Their previous well-received EP, Closed Doors, Open Minds, ignited a strong underground following and support and it is easy to see its successor nudging the band towards even greater success and exposure.
Embracing inspirations from the likes of Don Broco, Mallory Knox, Breaking Benjamin, and Story of The Year in their sound, Maven offer up a proposition which is still to find uniqueness but openly comes with individual imagination and bold enterprise as proven by the first and title track of Am I Awake? alone. The song initially wraps ears with a melodic caress, its voice evocative and melancholic as similarly respectful beats court its solemnity. An eruption of guitar and intensity then breaks before another calm reflection of keys as the potent tones of vocalist Dan Nash share their hearts; this in turn leading to another impassioned roar of sound and emotion from which an infectious stroll ripe with tempestuousness breaks. Barely half way and already band and song reveal an unpredictable and fascinating landscape of imagination reflected in sound and enterprise, the guitars of Joe Marshall and Rob Barlow weaving a striking mix of melodic drama and sonic turbulence around the rhythmic agility of bassist Sam Tindal and drummer Josh Stillwell.
The following Stronger Than You is cast in the same theatre of thought and prowess, turning calm reflection into aggressive declaration and rousing intensity into melodic intimation with craft and ear grabbing instincts. Though it just misses rivalling the heights of its predecessor, the song is an inferno of anthemic passion and drama within an infectious landscape of successful sonic persuasion while its successor Heart Time, prowling a similar trail to those before it, strikes out with its own agitated and arousing emotions and contagious melodic rock fertility. As with the previous track, it too lacks the rich unpredictability of the first but only provides a compelling invitation and adventure within a volatile body.
Am I Alive? brings the EP to a close, deep thought and reflection soaking its heart and words as the maturity of the band’s earnest sound and songwriting erupts with poignant intent and sonic power. As the EP started, it ends with a striking and stirring proposal while across its compelling length it increasingly suggests that Maven are heading the right way to sparking eager recognition.
Am I Awake? is released December 6th
Pete RingMaster 05/12/2019
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