I know I’m supposed to write about Maritime from Milwaukee — their latest album, We, the Vehicles, was just released, they’re made up of former members of The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan, and everyone else is giving them some serious press time. But the Flameshovel website’s story about the band is so affected, pretentious and self-indulgent that I kind of want to write about Maritime from Belfast and Brighton instead. The thing is, they have an annoying bio page too, and their “life-affirming folk-soul,” as exemplified by “Like a Firefly” (click here if you want to listen to it) doesn’t do it for me like the other Maritime’s excellent track “Calm,” available below. I’m not sure if the idea that “Maritime remains solidly tethered to pop perfection, but has taken space to let that pop cycle through all its permutations” helps, or even what that means really, but “Calm” is a sweet tune. Enjoy!

5 Replies to “Maritime”

  1. this is so weird. I just came to 3hive planning to look for maritime, and they're the first ones on the list. go figure. I was actually hoping you had reviewed them awhile ago and would have had a full length of the Adios track. Oh well, this is still good. just got the cd the other day.

  2. What's so pretensious about their Web site? I get annoyed with the tiny blog you have to scroll, but I don't see any more pretense than some other bands. Maybe I just need a rock of the crap thrown at me. I just don't know.

  3. no, Deb, not the Maritime website. i think that one's kind of cool. i'm talking about the promotional writing for the band on the flameshovel website. that's the writing i think is lousy. yeah.

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