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MAID MYRIAD

Crossover Prog • United States


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Akron Ohios kaleidoscope rock band MAID MYRIAD blends dynamically versatile songs, angsty progressive riffs, delicate pin drop moments, and intense start/stop dynamics. They formed in 2007 and quickly made a name for themselves in the local scene, receiving heavy regional airplay from their debut EP Embrace, logging miles in the van, and opening for such national acts as PRIMUS, GOGOL BORDELLO, DAX RIGGS, MAPS & ATLASES, and AS TALL AS LIONS. Led by protagonist songwriter Jeff JCK KLEMM, MAID MYRIAD packs more genres into a band than most. Combining their love of progressive, psychedelic, punk, ambient and acoustic music, the soaring vocals mixed with intricate drums and spacey crunchy melodic guitars bond together to form the plethora of sounds that is Maid Myriad. After releasing two critically acclaimed EPs and being named Akrons 2nd best local band in 2010 (behind THE BLACK KEYS), the band is readying its full length debut With Haste On Its Breath. Mixed by producer Jim WIRT (INCUBUS, FIONA APPLE, HOOBASTANK, LIVE, JACLS MANNEQUIN), With Haste On Its Breath will see a mid 2014 release via Nefarious Industries.

MAID MYRIAD have played over 100 shows in 2013 and are continuing to tour heavily throughout the year in support of the album. The Camera Eye EP, featuring three tracks from With Haste On Its Breath, can be downloaded for free at http://nefariousindustries.com/artists/maid-myriad/ Updated news and information is available via the band's official Facebook page.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
With Haste on its Breath
2014

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Embrace
2007
4.00 | 2 ratings
Camera Eye
2013

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 Embrace by MAID MYRIAD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Embrace
Maid Myriad Crossover Prog

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Quite a solid entrance

"Embrace" was the debut EP from Crossover artist Maid Myriad, who hail from the Akron Ohio area. The band refers to their sound as "kaleidoscope" rock and note such musical influences as Smashing Pumpkins, Mars Volta, and Foo Fighters among many others. They personally remind me of other Crossover artists I've reviewed such as The Tea Club (General Winter era) and The Addiction Dream.

Heavy and driving, Maid Myriad's debut was energetic with elements of alternative rock, post-punk, and progressive pop. This is a solid debut of five expertly crafted tracks in the 4-6 minute range. They have a heavy chugging guitar style and often bellowed vocals that recall the Foo Fighters but with a more Tea Club sense of passion and artistry. Klemm's voice is very strong and forceful but capable to instantly switching to soft falsetto with great control. Despite a bit (not much) of rough edge to their sound this is a viciously tight band, they kill every track. They possess a real talent for dynamics and catchy songwriting, it is easy to see why they have had a good deal of success regionally with this level of talent. The first four tracks are relentless in their intensity and almost constantly heavy, full of attitude and bravado yet very fun and jamming. "Mr. Bigshot" was a single that got some radio airplay at the time, a fun song with a call and response section. The title track approaches the 7-minute mark and changes up the sound...slow and sparse initially, building to dramatic heavier chorus sections with a pleading vocal, and ending with a pretty decent guitar solo that fades to strings. Beautiful track.

The band has recently released an ambitious full length in 2014 that is clearly aimed at upping the ante, but fans will want to go back and find this very respectable EP that put Maid Myriad on the map. The 2000s have been a fruitful time for great crossover artists in the United States and this is another example.

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 With Haste on its Breath by MAID MYRIAD album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 1 ratings

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With Haste on its Breath
Maid Myriad Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Akron, Ohio: not the usual place to hear new prog music. However, contrary to what some of the old timers think, progressive music is alive and well among the younger generations. Maid Myriad, then, hails from Ohio, and they have a very unique style. You can imagine my excitement on hearing a great prog band from my hometown! Their debut is called "With Haste on its Breath".

Maid Myriad is made up of Jeff "JCK" Klemm on guitar, bass, and vocals, and Greg Meisenberg on drums, and what a duo they are! Their style is definitely a sort of alt rock with progressive leanings: They themselves call it kaleidoscope rock due to the swirling guitar work, pulsating rhythms, and mad drumming skills. Somehow, though, they manage to keep an alternative feel to the music; catchy and even fun at times.

Each member of the band brings a certain amount of personality here. Greg absolutely kills it with intricate drum signatures and tons of noise when the time is right. The heart of the band, though, is probably Jeff himself. His delicate guitar style mostly escapes the standard distortion of other alt rock bands in favor for well-played licks and true composition, and his bass work is deep and rich (the band has since added a bassist named Mario Tonathy). His vocals, however, deserve special mention here. Jeff has a higher pitch to his voice, but his range proves to be immense, and the wild man comes out of him at times. My wife and I were discussing this, and we decided that he often reminds us of a mix between Kevin Martin of Candlebox and Brandon Boyd of Incubus. In our household, that is a huge compliment. His truly unique vocal style makes for some very odd choruses that take time to become truly ingrained in your mind, but the time spent is worth it. Jeff, then, has provided one of the best vocal performances of the year!

"With Haste on its Breath" is a wondrous collection of shorter, yet very complete songs. Maid Myriad does not believe in extending songs for the sake of filler, and so you won't even find guitar solos here, though Jeff certainly has the chops for it. The songs are beautiful, yet sorrowful; tinged with a harder edge, but very delicate and harmonious. Again and again, though this album proves itself to be something special between the complex structure of songs like "Encircled" or the wild choruses in such songs as "Camera Eye". I especially love the amazing vocal harmonies of songs like "Shake Them Off".

If you love music that may tread outside prog at times but still has the heart of progressive music, Maid Myriad is your ticket to great music, full of emotion and skilled musicianship. Give this young band your support. I know their masterwork is yet to come.

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 Camera Eye by MAID MYRIAD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Camera Eye
Maid Myriad Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars It's always a pleasure to hear music from my local area, but it is double the pleasure to hear a prog band that is close by me. Akronites Maid Myriad were introduced to me by an old school buddy, and I'm certainly glad he got me into connection with them. Maid Myriad is self- described as kaleidoscope rock, of which prog rock is but one part. Indeed, this band has many influences and ideas; and their new, three-song EP shows this in spades.

The new EP, "Camera Eye", features three excellent rock songs that will give some taste of a full album that is due out in 2014. The band plays a style of rock that feels indie, proggy, alternative, and fresh all at the same time. Indeed, they sound very much like The Dear Hunter mixed with The Mars Volta with a touch of Incubus. This interesting band utilizes a very high, piercing guitar tone that is molded into some great sideways lines and some very interesting instrumental interplay. Yes, the technicality of this album is probably at a medium level. In fact, the drummer plays like he has more than two arms sometimes. The vocals recall the emo movement a few years back, but not completely. They have a little bit of whine to them, but they tend to be beautiful and melodic consistently. In fact, the singer hits some great notes, especially on "Camera Eye" that are very impressive. As for favorite tracks, however, I think "Azure Plains" takes that. The groovy style and the fantastic structure touch my prog heart.

As a preface to their soon-to-be-released debut album, "Camera Eye" is catchy, geometrically ambitious, and accessible to a comfortable point. Soulful at times, hard rockin' at others; Maid Myriad has left me wanting to hear more from them. Yep, this EP is just too darn short. I hope the debut album has this same level of quality.

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