Here’s an interview with Mavo from March 2011 when they played a live set on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal.
If you listen to the end, you’ll catch them mention their “new” album coming out soon….That’s the record that eventually became their just released self-titled 7” EP.
Mavo magazine covers (1924-5)
Fixture Records are releasing Mavo‘s self-titled 7″, a three song sampler that sees the Montreal pop band utilize a variety of trendy influences to obliquely explore the anxiety and pain of culture clash.
The lack of lyrics on the jangly “Mock My Accent” seems intentional on the part of the band’s Osaka-born singer Mitz Takahashi; he brings Stereolab melodies to a Feelies structure, then incinerates it with a rush of shoegaze, letting the music speak for his vulnerable silences. Takahashi opens up to darkly humourous effect on “Horrible Brit Pop Haircut,” using a sibling’s haircut and their mother’s resultant disgust to preface the wearied sigh of a song, disgusted with scenes and trends yet hopeful for the future. Finally, closing track “Totally Tired” delivers on some of the sneering post-punk energy that the title’s malapropism suggests by dipping into spoken word to touch on racial tensions (“Hey white boy, what you doing in Chinatown?”). Catchy, compelling stuff that can’t hide its heart.
Buy a physical copy of the LP (hand stamped) at the Fixture Records Bandcamp.
Some truely enlightened garage psychedelic rock from Montreal, Canada. Good vibes all over this little debut 7 inch, which you can also buy from them in an elegant packaging. Three killers, no fillers, filled with 60’s-esque vocal techniques, but with a more modern, slightly ambient influenced added. Track 2 is pure yacht rock all over the hull. Track three is optimistic jangle pop with a penchant for distant, ghostly guitar feedback. Good summer music, people. Grab it.
Fixture Records latest release: Mavo 7”
Mavo are a Montreal-based fuzzy guitar pop trio, led by Osaka-born, Alberta-raised Mitz Takahashi (formerly of Soy Captain and Coulees). Mavo 7” was recorded with Mitz Takahashi on guitar and vocals, Conor Prendergast (Brave Radar) on bass and drums, and a few cameos from Jackson MacIntosh (Sheer Agony, Jef Barbara, Play Guitar) who also recorded the album and mixed it, along with Mavo, at Silver Door.
Haven’t been disappointed yet with the sounds from Fixture Records, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that you get a bonus free copy of their new compilation, A Fixture Records Sampler, featuring 22 new, unreleased, and b-side tracks from Mavo, Freelove Fenner, Homeshake, Cresting, Night Sides, Chevalier Avant Garde, Sheer Agony, Brave Radar, Dirty Beaches, Femminielli, Jef Barbara, Sequin Kit, The Haiduks, and Lantern. For now, the comp is only available on CD with mailorders and at shows.
Heh new exclusive b-sides from Dirty Beaches, Freelove Fenner, and Homeshake?! Count me in!
Mavo 7” is Ltd to 200 copies in full-colour foldover jackets with the comp cd and available from the Fixture Records BnDcMp
p.s. SUPER EXCITED for the upcoming Freelove Fenner 12” LP
It will be a best of 2013 for sure.
Thanks!! And it’s true, we’ve got a new compilation we’re sending out with mailorders that’s not available anywhere else yet.
Mavo might not have many releases but they’ve been around since 2008. Took a while to get their first 7” out but hopefully their 1st work is like a stew cooked in a slow-cooker. Yum yum yum and lasts long time in the fridge. Eat it for lunch a day after and next week.
Mavo is a band with dignity and honour. They are noble nice normal people who value friendships and love and peace. They met at treeplanting in BC, summer of 2004. Conor was the best treeplanter in their tent. They quickly became friends and they formed a tap dancing group which later became Mavo.