Maritime Heads Back to 'School'

Larry Fitzmaurice

Any group of able musicians can straightforwardly cover a song;the more difficult task is to bring something new to the table.Milwaukee-based outfit Maritime make it sound like just another day inthe studio on their cover of Hot Chip's "Boy From School," aJapanese-only bonus track included on the band's latest studiooffering, Heresy and the Hotel Choir.

Here,the indie pop trio keeps the original track's shifting groove andlilting melody while toying with the sonic and emotional structure. HotChip's mournful keyboards and sparse beat are replaced by slightlysinister guitar lines and propulsive drumming; singer Davey vonBohlen's delivery adds a newfound bitterness to previouslywistful-sounding lines such as "We tried / But we didn't have long / Wetried / But we don't belong." Considering their musical past, it shouldsurprise no one that Maritime has taken a song for the dance floor andimbued it with themes of regret and alienation. Heresy and the Hotel Choir is out now via the Flameshovel label.

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