I’m consistently fascinated by stories behind the scenes of how great music is made. Between the Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” TV-series and the “Sound City” documentary, I’ve been digging a lot music production visual media. Those stories also make me appreciate how people without access to physical studios continue to craft excellent music that started as bedroom projects. Another example of those solo turned full band projects is CA’s Maudlin Strangers.
What initially started as lead singer/guitarist Jake Hays’ solo effort lead to hooky melodies, a full quartet and a new EP, titled Overdose. The strong-willed EP at times remind me of the eerie Danger Mouse-influenced Black Keys sound and at other darker moments feel reminiscent of The Neighbourhood. Opening track “AIM” is particularly effective with humming guitar, midtempo percussion and Hays’ see-saw vocals throughout before a cathartic dose of garage rock to conclude the song.
Stream “AIM” and the full Overdose EP by Maudlin Strangers at Soundcloud. Purchase at iTunes. Catch Maudlin Strangers on the road with Bad Suns and Coasts this month and Detroiters should check them out on February 10th (tonight!) at the Shelter (tickets).