- Aug 13 2023
- 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6pm Doors / 7pm Show
$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show
Based out of Portland, Oregon, MAITA is the full-band vehicle for the songwriting of Maria Maita-Keppeler. MAITA first appeared back in 2017 around the release of the Waterbearer EP, some three years on, this week will see the release of their debut album, Best Wishes. The album, made partly in the splendid sounding 100-year-old Ok Theatre in Enterprise, Oregon, is coming out via Kill Rock Stars, whose founder Slim Moon liked the album so much, he came out of a twelve year retirement to spearhead the release.
Much of the inspiration from MAITA came from Maria’s love of the indie-folk of the early 2000’s, channelling the emotional intensity of artists like Feist and Bright Eyes, which went against her own, “tendencies towards emotional restraint”. MAITA is in many was a release from that suppression, a chance for Maria to put herself, and her feelings first, a chance to, “demand the free space to say what I want to say”. Musically, across Best Wishes, MAITA expresses her freedom through an array of different sounds, it’s an album that blends lush musicality and moments of real visceral noise, a record that pulls them in with meandering dream-pop and then throws them crashing into driving riffs, clattering drums and raw, unapologetic indie-rock thrills. An eclectic, bold and exciting collection, Best Wishes is a record that celebrates expression, freedom and creativity, and channels them into a rather remarkable whole.