A couple of years back, at the genesis of the recent garage revival, bands like Male Bonding flew from the Big Bang sounding super grungy and extra agitated; manic even. In vein, everyone tried to keep up. Not Mazes though. They grooved out of the fires of new DIY to ‘Bowie Knives’ – a track that’s made this, their debut album, and sounds happier that ever in its mid-tempo, louche skin. It’s a song matched by the Beatles-toting ‘Surf & Turf’ in terms of assured confidence, in a genre where many feel that speed will get them noticed. This, and the band’s southern yankie, country-like vocals (even if singer Jack is from Manchester) matched with the British musical influences of The Kinks and The Small Faces, is what makes ‘A Thousand Heys’ such a smart garage pop record. It’s a lesson in patience and not following the crowd you’re in.

By Stuart Stubbs

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