Los Angeles power pop vets take to the high seas on latest single
Maple Mars has been a staple of the local Los Angeles power pop scene for over two decades.
But 2022 proved to be one of the group’s biggest years yet with the release of their critically acclaimed LP Someone’s Got To Listen, their first album since 2011 and debut release on the esteemed L.A. power pop imprint Big Stir Records. It’s a record that finds singer-songwriter Rick Hromadka (Double Naught Spies, Ruby Free), guitarist Steve Berns, drummer Ron Pak (Double Naught Spies) and bassist Joe Giddings (Theme Music, Ruby Free) exploring new psychedelic territories without compromising that arena-ready stomp for which they are most renowned.
And perhaps no other song off Someone’s Got To Listen emulates the band’s creativity like “Anchors Aweigh,” a song about transition and travel that quintessentially captures the energy of Maple Mars
“I wrote this song over a lonely Christmas a few years ago up in Lake Tahoe,” says Hromadka, who is also a three-time Emmy Award winning sound designer who began penning songs for TV teen shows like Breaker High, Sweet Valley High and the Power Rangers. “An old ‘salty dog’ sea captain is lost at sea looking for land. I guess that’s how I felt celebrating Christmas alone for the first time in many years.”
Rock & Roll Globe is beyond honored to premiere the nautical-themed video for “Anchors Aweigh” this morning on the site.
“In the ‘Anchors Aweigh’ video we felt that since the song had some obvious nautical imagery and we had access to a boat, why not shoot some content on the water?” explains Berns. “Shane Hutton directed the video, Neal Walter piloted the drone and Steve captained the boat. Scenes were intercut of the band in the studio and playing live to show the band at work and at play. The live scenes were shot during our album release party at SIR Studios Hollywood while we were actually playing ‘Anchors Aweigh’ to a live audience. No sea creatures were harmed in the making of the video.”
Someone’s Got To Listen is available now on all streaming platforms and better record stores nationwide.
Watch the video for “Anchors Aweigh” below.
VIDEO: Maple Mars “Anchors Aweigh”
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