Interview and gig preview: Maker
It is just Ally (Alessandro Marinelli) from Maker that I am talking to so he has to provide the charisma and charm of the whole band and what a band they are. Described as psychedelic rockers I would pitch them closer to a heavy blues rock with a touch of southern US charm.
The Kent based band's new album is coming out on 6th April yet the launch party is on 8th April in Manchester “not quite sure how that happened” laughs Ally, “the guy who runs our label, Kidda Records, is from Manchester and Night & Day is a cool venue I believe, as we play locally in Kent quite a lot we thought we would try something different. We are going to do a cheeky little show locally for the people we know down here.”
The band decided to relocate to Wales to the infamous Rockfield Studios to record this album so I asked Ally what prompted this decision. “We had done a few shows where our producer Nick Brine had come to see us, he had worked and recorded at Rockfield. We quite like the idea of a residential studio where you have a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere and you can work when you want, whenever the vibe takes you, it was quite a special place.”
Their workrate was quite incredible having recorded 15 songs in 14 days “we have been playing them around for a while so we were able to just churn them out in the studio. With everything written and arranged it was a good platform to work from as we had in playing those songs for a year or two so they were tight. And it all came quite naturally just to get us all in a room, press record and see what happened.
The story of Noel Gallagher’s acoustic guitar, which is used on the album is interesting too: “our producer worked on Oasis’ Be Here Now there was a moment when Liam came in annoyed at something, picked up a guitar, smashed it on a desk thinking it was Noel’s but it turned out to be our producer’s guitar that he had in the studio. Noel turned around and said ‘sorry about that, you can have one of my guitars’ and gave him the guitar that everything on What's The Story Morning Glory was recorded on as well as MTV Unplugged so it has quite a bit of history.”
I mention that the bands sound has a Black Crowes feel about it: “Rich Robinson asked to meet us, he got someone to grab us and bring us backstage for a chat. As soon as we walked into the room John Austin, our bass player said you’re not going to sue us, are you? and it turns out he was interested in releasing some of our stuff.”
Our discussion turns to what could be described as the New Wave of Classic Rock and I mention The Second Sons who have this Stones/Faces vibe going on “with regard to them, that is who we are playing with on 24th May at The Troubador so that is going to be a good one."
For the launch show in Manchester, Chris Helm from The Seahorses will be supporting which will make for a really interesting show along with promises to be an absolutely electrifying performance from Maker, we are certainly excited about the show.
Photos: Greig Clifford | Naomi Dryden-Smith