Marry Ya - The Debut single from Love Lines
Filmed and edited by Bruce James Bales
Lighting by Jason "Moppy" Reed
Production Assistant : Nicole Bantz
Produced by Dustin Smith and DEFT
Written by Dustin Smith
Co-Written by Tim Sanders
Arranged by The Maytags - Dustin Smith, Nick Leo, Ben Chappell, Tim Sanders, Andy Poppen, Sam Mogerman, Daniel Kreipke
Video Appearance by Aaron Ehrlich.
Des Moines retro-soul outfit The Maytags premiered their "Marry Ya" music video on Culture Collide today. The infectious single is complimented by a subtle, black and white video, highlighting The Maytags's "organic earnestness." "Marry Ya" is the first single off their debut album Love Lines, out July 1st.
Love Lines smolders with the intensity of a relationship that just ended. Recorded at Nashville's The Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic, who has also recorded Benjamin Booker and Alabama Shakes, the album sees Smith achieving a bit of the latter band's gut-busting, almost-preternatural howling on cathartic opener "Pushing Up Rivers." A three-part "Suite for Green Eyes," written as a whole by Smith and Tim Sanders (sax), inhabits the aftermath of a breakup: bittersweet acceptance, tempestuous reflection, and the lustful confusion of running into an ex once it's all over.
As much as Love Lines is born out of a breakup, it's also an artifact of a seven-piece band that has been honing its chops on the road. "Musically we worked our asses off on this," Dustin Smith says. "Me and Tim got together for the initial writing sessions and really tried to draw a lot of inspiration from the Daptone crew, Stax, Al Green. Just to name a few." The songs were then taken to the band and arranged as a unit, with each member having creative input on each song. The Maytags then tracked the whole album to 2 inch tape in less than 30 hours." That follows December 2014's Nova EP, recorded at the same studio and tracked to 2 inch tape in 19 hours
Dustin Smith's lyrics often reference the cultural geography of his hometown Des Moines, Iowa, a music and arts community with a rising national profile highlighted by praise from the Talking Heads' David Byrne and glowing explorations from Politico and The Atlantic. But Smith's words also help evoke the Maytags' journey to this sultry nine-song set, one that also runs through Smith's time in New York — where studied jazz as a drummer — and the band's recording sessions in Tennessee. Other band members have roots in St. Louis; all studied jazz, mainly in central and northern Iowa. If there can be a New South, then there can be a sound that's Midwest Nouveau.