Fri, Aug 18|
"Jaunty, lighthearted folk-rock being used as a Trojan Horse for the creeping dread of existentialism."- KEXP, Song of the Day
Time & Location
Aug 18, 2023, 8:00 PM
Helena, 1535 Dodge Ave, Helena, MT 59601, USA
About The Event
Following MAITA's 2020 debut, Best Wishes, named one of the “50 Albums that Define Oregon” (Portland Monthly), MAITA’s sophomore LP, I Just Want To Be Wild For You, digs into the crippling oxymoron of modernity, the constant bombardment of communication paired with utter disconnection.
Released via venerable indie label Kill Rock Stars, I Just Want To Be Wild For You grasps passionately for a world that too often seems at a gauzy distance.
Splitting time between her mom’s Japanese-speaking home and her father’s English-speaking home, Maria Maita-Keppeler, who KEXP calls “a master storyteller who can turn intimate moments into quippy, catchy indie-rock songs,” found an expressive avenue out of her childhood shyness through music. The Portland-based songwriter tapped into that grand yet intimate reverence for MAITA’s sophomore album, from the churning twinkle of “Pastel Concrete” to the riotous give-and-take of “Honey, Have I Lost It All?”. In those moments of disconnect, of confusion, of isolation, I Just Want To Be Wild For You thunders ahead, forging unexpected connections along the way.
Named the Willamette Week's 2020 "Best New Band," MAITA, the musical vehicle for songwriter Maria Maita-Keppeler has gone on to reach national acclaim, opening for the likes of Mirah, Blind Pilot, Horse Feathers, Typhoon, as well as performing at SXSW and Treefort.
Opening Support: Regan Clancy and Joshua Loveland.
For Regan Clancy, songs come first. Growing up in a house filled with the songs of the Beatles and Van Morrison, his love for aching lyrics set to well-crafted melodies was cemented at a young age. Clancy draws from a deep well of influences to compose songs that are honest and inviting, in a style that is wholly his own. Multi-instrumentalist Joshua Loveland brings these original compositions to life with complex pedal steel textures, driving bass guitar riffs, and perfectly blended vocal harmonies. Clancy and Loveland’s unique musical partnership is one you will want to see again and again.