MAZES ‘BETTER GHOSTS’: “IT’S A RECORD ABOUT A YEAR OF TOURING AND HANGING OUT”
Mazes return with the ten track mini-album ‘Better Ghosts’, released on 11th November via FatCat Records on vinyl and digital download.
This mini-album is showing us what the future of Mazes may sound like…
The band’s singer and guitarist Jack Cooper explains:
“The record would be built around things we’d collected along the way…songs off Ores (February’s ‘Ores & Minerals’) that we’d changed live, new songs we’d honed on tour, covers, and field recordings.
As we began formulating the plan a loose narrative began to appear or at least something slightly tangible. It’s a record about a year of touring and hanging out…where everything and nothing happened. Things between things. Listening to and being influenced by everything ever and then trying to ignore it.”Mazes are heading off on tour with Parquet Courts in October and Jack says that this year “seems to have been infiltrated by a lot of Texans”:
“My girlfriend lived there for a few years and knew Bradley Kerl, who painted the ‘Better Ghosts’ sleeve, from a food market he worked at. They became great friends and Bradley was in a band called Teenage Cool Kids with Andrew from Parquet Courts. We’re heading off on tour with them in October.
‘Donovan’, which ties the record together, as Bradley seemed to figure out, was written by another Texan; Isabel Martin and a band called Yellow Fever. Randomly, Isabel stumbled across us playing this pretty obscure song whilst she was on tour with another band in Brighton. She wrote down the correct lyrics for me and we’ve become firm friends.
Completing the circle or rather pre-empting the circle, the week before that I’d seen the actual Donovan walking past Goodge Street tube which, if you’re a fan of him is fairly seismic. Seeing as the guy is a master of Transcendental Meditation and also fond of taking credit for things, I can’t help think he’s involved somehow.”
And why the title ‘Better Ghosts’? “It’s Conan’s explanation of Ghostbusters 2 being superior to Ghostbusters,” Jack explains, “It’s just something that we talk about a lot and it stuck.”
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
15TH OCTOBER 2013 – Melkweg // Amsterdam NL *
16TH OCTOBER 2013 – Vera // Groningen NL *
17TH OCTOBER 2013 – Doornroosje // Nijmegen NL *
18TH OCTOBER 2013 – Loppen // Copenhagen DEN *
19TH OCTOBER 2013 – Molotov // Hamburg DE *
20TH OCTOBER 2013 – Charlatan // Gent BE *
21ST OCTOBER 2013 – Lido // Berlin DE %
23RD OCTOBER 2013 – Atomic // Munich DE *
24TH OCTOBER 2013 – Tunnel // Milan IT *
25TH OCTOBER 2013 – Marche Gare // Lyon FR *
26TH OCTOBER 2013 – Maroquinerie // Paris FR *
27TH OCTOBER 2013 – AB Club // Brussels BE *
28TH OCTOBER 2013 – Village Underground // London UK *
29TH OCTOBER 2013 – Gorilla // Manchester UK *
* with Parquet Courts % with Sebadoh
Photos by Andre Habermann + Owen Richards