Last night was the launch of the new Maple Mars album, Someone's Got To Listen at SIR Studios In Hollywood. You can read the IDHAS review of the album here. The venue was packed out, the band were at the top of their game. The Merch Stall was hammered.
A great band on a great label with a great album. Big Stir are a label built on community that promote their artists and treat them as friends. Maple Mars have kept us waiting for 12 years and last night was worth the wait.
To show what community is about, Rick's son did the catering, Rex's kids manned the Merchandise Stall, Christina's husband was the photographer and Rex ran the live stream. Sponsors also got involved.
Many artists return and promise much and all too often, disappointment is the result. For Maple Mars to return in such style with such a live performance promoting what may be their best album ever is just heart warming and splendid.
Build it, Promote it and be proud of it and the people will come. Who says people don't attend shows any more?
You can see the full show here. The band come on about ten minutes in.