Posted by: will | June 12, 2006


Maritime "We, The Vehicles" (Flameshovel)

We, The Vehicles is the second album from indie pop/rock band Maritime. The band contains former members of indie rock giants The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan. Any fan of The Promise Ring will immediately have a fondness for the familiar vocals of Davey Von Bohlen. However, Maritime's sound is more in line with the pure pop goodness of a band like Nada Surf. While the band's debut Glass Floor was a strong effort you could certainly tell that it was a band that had just begun. On We, The Vehicles, you sense a band that has grown comfortable within their skin.

Maritime will definintely not blow you away with a bunch of histrionics. Instead the band concentrates on the lost art of writing great pop songs. The band has a way of incorporating some beautifully subtle pop hooks into their songs that completely rope you in after a few listens. We, The Vehicles does suffer from a bit of sameness throughout the record. Frankly, one would have expected a bit more experimentation from a band born of such immaculate genes. That's really just a minor complaint though. Maritime is obviously not about pushing the boundaries of pop music. Instead, We, The Vehicles is an album chock full of great indie pop/rock tunes. And who can really complain about that?

RIYL: The Promise Ring, Nada Surf, Death Cab For Cutie


Maritime – Calm (mp3)

Maritime – Parade Of Punk Rock T-Shirts (mp3)

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