Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mazes announce new releases, shows

It's going to be a busy month for Mazes, Chicago's lo-fi psych-pop group featuring Edward Anderson and Caroline Donovan from the 1900s.

First, the band are planning two new digital releases for Tuesday, June 15 on Bandcamp - a single that was originally released via 7" vinyl in celebration of this year's Record Store Day, as well as a free collection of remixed tracks from their 2009 debut.

The single - My Imagination/Mazes Messes' - which Mazes actually consider to be their second album, features seven songs in seven minutes recorded over seven days (and, of course, originally released on 7"). All in the form of two tracks, an A side and a B side.

Mazzzes, the remix/de-mix album featuring 11 tracks from the band's debut reworked and re-imagined by friends and fans, will also be available. The entire collection will be up for grabs at no cost come the 15th, but for now you can download one of the tracks here:

Download mp3: Mazes - "Things I Threw in the Well" (Scott Masson mix)

If that weren't enough, the band will be recording a brand new album this month and have a series of Chicago gigs lined up. The shows are in celebration of bassist/vocalist Tom Smith's imminent relocation to San Francisco, which Mazes aren't considering a hindrance to their continuation. "None of us think of the band as ending. We'll be recording another album. We plan on going to SF and NY to play...collaborate long distance...we see it as expanding in a way," says Anderson.

The live dates are:

June 11 at the Empty Bottle w/Duchess & The Duke
June 12 at Old Town Fest
June 24 at Millennium Park (noon)
July 2 at the Hideout

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