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- A Thousand Heys by Mazes
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Man, I swear some record industry folk are deliberately trying to sabotage their own artists' future career hopes. The press release for 'A Thousand Heys' begins “You know The Vaccines, you know The Strokes, this is the next lot”. Not my words, it's the words of everyone's favourite member of Urban Disturbance and the man who single-handedly prevented the death of Ryan Jarman (thanks dude). That's right it's BBC's very own Zane Lowe! I mean, who gives a fuck what Zane Lowe thinks? Outrage!!! Anyway, I'll get on with it. Mazes are part of a proud tradition of Manchester bands competing furiously with Glasgow bands to produce a UK band that sounds as much like Pavement as possible. This is no bad thing but if you get this close people might actually start thinking you are Pavement. Couple that with the fact that when Mazes aren't sounding like Pavement they sound strangely similar to Teenage Fanclub, who incidentally started this whole sorry business in the first place! Very confusing. All this info is unimportant though, all you need to know is that Mazes write proper scuzzy indie pop in the tradition of Pavement, Sebadoh and Guided By Voices and they do it well. Their music is simplistic and incredibly catchy and will no doubt soundtrack a lot of kids summers. They sound like the Manchester equivalent of The Soft Pack (formally Muslims). With any luck they'll bring about a resurgence of indie rock bands. Wait, that's already happened. ACE!
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