Maradeen Release Single 'Livin For The Weekend'; ABOVE THE HORIZON LP Out in October
Maradeen have released the first single 'Livin' For The Weekend' from their forthcoming album, today. Their second studio full-length Above The Horizon is set for release October 21st.
The band combines a unique combination of jazz infused arrangements with real southern rock flavor; all of Maradeen's members were born and raised in the South. With members hailing from Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and North Carolina, the band came together in the music metropolis of Nashville in 2014. Between the tunes and the reputation for putting on a high-energy, killer live show soon caught the attention of Moon Taxi's keyboardist, Wes Bailey to step in and handle production duties for their forthcoming album Keyboardist Kaitlyn Connor talks about working with Bailey: "Bringing in someone like Wes, who is not only an incredible musician but is also very involved in Nashville's rock scene, helped give us the direction that we needed to make this album unique."
Above The Horizon seamlessly blends pop hooks with masterful musicianship and southern rock flair with each song telling a story. Maradeen will be showcasing the forthcoming album along with their debut release and a surprise cover here and there through the rest of 2016.
Vocalist and guitarist Whit Murray explains the inspiration behind the new single: "One of my best friends who I grew up with is insanely creative and sort of lives vicariously through what we do and loves helping out anyway he can. We text back and forth just bouncing ideas off of each other. I told him, I need the single for our last album that we're recording. I told him that Wes said if I came up with a good title, he'd help me write it. My friend asked the premise for the title and I told him we needed a chorus that college kids are going to be singing at Hangout Fest, arm and arm, at the end of the weekend. Boom! Livin' For the Weekend.
Of course it took a lot more texting back and forth but in the end, it was right in front of us. My fav songs that we write always start off with the title!"
The origins of Maradeen trace back to Athens, GA, when guitarist/singer Whit Murray joined Mama's Love in 2009. Murray parted ways with Mama's Love in 2011 to further his musical education in Boston at the Berklee College of Music.Murray hurried back down south in the summer of 2014, eager to put his finely-tuned performance abilities to test. He soon heard a familiar name in the Nashville rock community: Kaitlyn Connor, keyboardist for a young Nashville-based band Afro: a band that used to share the stage with Mama's Love. John Rodrigue has filled the drummer void, and along with bassist Sterling Miller, the four began rehearsing steadily, playing local shows around Nashville, and building an arsenal of original material. In October of 2014, Murray's former Mama's Love bandmate Thomas Galloway made the move from Athens to Nashville to pursue songwriting. He and Murray picked up right where they left off, both on the stage and in writing sessions. Galloway became the last key ingredient to the formation of Maradeen, a name derived from both the word "meridian" (a point or period of highest development, great splendor, vigor, success | pathway in the body along which vital energy is said to flow) and the former mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean. The first studio album "Mirage" (2015) was a shining eleven-track effort recorded straight to analog tape at the legendary Welcome To 1979 Studio in Nashville, TN. The follow up to Mirage literally and metaphysically, "Above the Horizon" represents a growth in sound and texture, and a maturity in songwriting that Maradeen will see more of in years to come.
September 8 - Southbound Smokehouse - Augusta, GA
September 9 - Warehouse - Columbia, SC
September 10 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
September 23 - Clyde's - Chattanooga, TN
September 29 - Bull's - Winston-Salem, NC
September 30 - Crossbone's Tavern - Greenville, NC
October 1 - Southland Ballroom - Raleigh. NC
October 6-8 - Cuko Rakko Fest - Steele, AL
October 15 - Scruffy City Music Hall - Knoxville, TN
October 21 - Rabbit Hole - Charlotte, NC
October 22 - The Local - Boone, NC