Quebec brothers, Maybelleen, were formed at the end of 2011 when Peter Camire wrote their first ever song, ‘Follow The Falcon’. The Camirés have since recorded eight songs, and played gigs in Canada and in the UK.
You could mistake Peter Camire for Temples’ frontman James, but Peter and Charles’ music stands out from any other indie band around right now: vocal harmonies, vintage guitar effects and playful drums – we’re totally in the psyche rock sub-genre. The detail that makes the difference is probably the electro-pop influence which, combined with their ’60s psyche rock vibes, creates an utterly original sound.
For a taste of Maybelleen, I strongly recommend you listen to ‘Emily’ and ‘Gold’, which are the two songs that perfectly seem to sum up their style. Whilst the Strokes and Temples influence is obvious, the harmonies created remind me of 1965 Small Faces, the background rhythm is reminiscent of 1964 Outsiders and their electro-pop beats sound rather like Gorillaz’s debuts.
They’re currently recording some “kick ass tunes” (Peter’s own words) that can be found on the upcoming new album. Peter also confirmed that the new album will be “absolutely amazing”: that’s reason enough to take a listen, surely!
Planning on coming back to the UK as soon as they can, Maybelleen is definitely a band to watch as they seem to be at the start of something pretty great.
Take a listen to Maybelleen at their bandcamp page: