Mapletons are a Brisbane two piece. They write beautifully crafted songs, with hauntingly gorgeous vocals, and have recently supported Whitely on his national tour.
Interview: 15 September 2008
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We’ve been writing music together for about five years and we’re finally honing the Mapletons sound. Our intention with Mapletons is to create beauty through simplicity. We avoid overcooking songs so the honesty of the music and the lyrics comes through. The current EP was recorded by us as a demo but we were pretty happy with it and decided to release it.
Tell us about working as a duo - what are your live shows like?
We like working as a duo as it’s easy to manage - large bands can be a logistical nightmare. We can jam wherever (Kane’s bedroom) and whenever we like (tomorrow). We’ve been playing live with our friend Carl (bass) who really helps our dynamics, timing, confidence…and sex appeal? Our live shows are sparse, relaxing and contemplative.
How was touring with Whitley?
We played the Melbourne leg of Whitley’s national tour this year after winning a MySpace song competition. It was cool playing to such a positive and attentive crowd. Whitley was every bit the comedian. He joked we were welcome to everything apart from his Whisky – fair enough.
What's coming up in the future?
We’re currently recording songs for our second EP Canyon Falls (working title). It’ll probably have four songs on it …maybe five…maybe three. After EP number two we’d like to do an album later next year. I’d also like to mow the lawn today.
Australian music is?
...the best in the world! It’s an Ammonia shirt which doubles as a kitchen rag and a pyjama top. There is a subliminal connection with home grown music which can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand-up and give you butterflies.