by MAUPARelease Date: 15 December 2008
Format: CD Album
Label: Necessary Records
Just into their twenties yet having spent years honing their sound, Maupa signed to Necessary Records in 2003. Playing almost monthly gigs in Manchester, audiences quickly started to swell from a handful of tuned in, curious locals to sold out venues full of genuine fans hearing about the band through an ever-growing word of mouth buzz in the north west. Support tours soon followed with the likes of The Bandits and South and in February 2004 Maupa released their debut single, Helpless, a song infused with the spirit Television, Mercury Rev and Syd Barrett. As the single received the first of many plays on Radio 1 and XFM, the NME described Helpless as “a Mad Richard waggly foot away from genius” while The Fly magazine added “Maupa produce some of the most beautiful, haunting sounds you’re ever likely to hear”.