Marystaple are a hard one to place. Though rising to prominence amidst a burgeoning landscape of Wellington rock (Shihad, Weta, HLAH, Letterbox Lambs and Fur Patrol), this four-piece, hailing from suburban Porirua, never really belonged to a particular stable. Perhaps due to the fact they were significantly younger than their guitar band compatriots at the time, or perhaps because they never really held it together long enough to deliver an album that would put them on the map.
At their root, Marystaple are a raw, loud rock band capable of bringing a room to a standstill through the delivery of truly engaging performance, and their fair share of thunderclap and lightening strike, however this comes to be expected from a band growing up to Shihad, Weta etc The difficulty in placing Marystaple is perhaps more due to an uncanny song writing ability that has hooked the most precious of ears. You won’t be alone if your ringing ears are accompanied by lingering tunes 3 days after a Marystaple gig. Their sound has been compared favourably to new and old artists alike, from Howlin’ Wolf to Kings Of Leon, Led Zep to QOTSA, Bob Dylan to Elliot Smith, Fleetwood Mac to Sonic Youth.
The Marystaple live show has seen them support NZ acts such as Shihad, The Datsuns, The D4, Pluto, Goodshirt, Garageland, Betchadupa and HDU, as well as international acts such as The Superjesus, Grinspoon, and plenty of others at The Big Day out.
Off stage, Marystaple are a bunch of relatively normal guys. Good friends from high school, who had reasonable upbringings and came to playing music through standard avenues. From the bedroom, to the garage, to the stage. Unlike most rock bands, you’ll be hard pressed to find a pair of skinny jeans amongst them, you definitely won’t need sniffer dogs at the airport, and you’ll more than likely find Marystaple enjoying a drink in the audience before they take the stage. No smoke filled entrance to choreographed theme music in sight.
Some people might remember Marystaple for radio hits 'Labouror' and 'Newdog' from their debut EP 'Reset Speed'. The former receiving high rotate during the days of Channel Z, and featuring as one of only few NZ tracks on 2003’s 'Channel Z Up Loud' compilation, the latter gaining airplay across both commercial and student radio in NZ and Australia.
Their debut album, 'No Need To Be Nervous', was recorded and mixed at Kog Studios during 2007 by Tui nominated engineer Dave Holmes, and mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC by mastering luminary Greg Calbi whose impressive discography boasts Kings Of Leon, Sonic Youth, Interpol, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, & The Spice Girls. Whilst it has been an long time between drinks, the word on the street is that Marystaple have delivered, with an album of songs that will surprise many, from a band that has only hinted at its potential to date.
Matthew Fairley (vocals, guitar)
Aaron McMinn (bass)
Michael Enoka (drums)
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Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:22 pm
Following the completion of a nationwide New Zealand tour earlier in the year,
Wellington rock band Marystaple has announced their first set of UK/Europe dates as part of a 2-month tour during January/February 2009. This will be the bands first trip to the UK/Europe.
The band will be promoting their debut album, No Need To Be Nervous, which was released in May, as well as trialling some brand new songs earmarked for a follow up album to be recorded in UK during this time.
No Need To Be Nervous has been described as having a sound that is immediate, raw and, most importantly, captures the essence of a finely honed stage presence, whilst the band themselves have drawn comparison with artists such as Kings Of Leon, David Bowie, and NZʼs own Shihad.
The Otago Daily Times recently described Marystaple as ʻhands down the most exciting rock band in New Zealand at the momentʼ
Their recent No Need To Be Nervous tour received an overwhelmingly positive
response, with a sold out homecoming show in Wellington testament to the bands faithful live fan base and the bands reputation of delivering a staggering live show.
UK/Europe Tour Dates
Jan 22 - Old Tigers Head, London, UK
Jan 23 - The Oh! Bar, Camden, London, UK
Feb 6 - Sugar Factory, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Feb 12 - Zigfrid Von Underbelly, Shoreditch, London, UK
Feb 17 – Etnoblog, Trieste, ITALY
Feb 21 - Zwoelfzehn, Stuttgart, GERMANY
Feb 22 – Highways Bar, Kitzbuhel, AUSTRIA
Feb 27 – The Bull & Gate, London, UK
No Need To Be Nervous is available on iTunes worldwide, Smoke CDs
(http://www.smokecds.com), and selected retail outlets.
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