Maypine have changed. Anyone who remembers their first EP ‘In The Back Of My Mind’ will be surprised at the level of change Maypine have embraced in their newest release. After a traumatic house fire destroyed nearly all of vocalist Jase and his fiancée’s possessions, it is completely understandable as to why such a change has come. The question is whether they have the potential and dedication to pull off an a diverse change with ‘Bend/Break’

‘Give’, as previously discovered, is a major step forward in Maypine’s new stylistic development. All traces of the old band are hidden beneath a much slower, darker atmospheric piece. Could the track have a little more depth? Potentially. Simplicity works well for the opening track, but can form a slight repetitive feel in the tracks chorus. ‘Kodokushi’, named respectively after the Japanese phenomenon of dying alone and undiscovered is rather similar in terms of a darker atmospheric approach (if not already hinted by its name). Echoing a strong catchy riff throughout the track, a strong start is certainly formed, becoming consistent to its end. A shift between verse and chorus is definitely more apparent, with the subtly contrasting upbeat guitar tones and fast drum beat bouncing off the more sorrowful lyrical aspects. Yet, the track still feels like it’s missing something, something different to the overused guitar patterns of the EP and the saddening lyrics. An idea that Maypine are on the edge of finding but haven’t quite found.

Penultimate track ‘Weather’ is one that during the first few seconds, seems to be poised as the more positive track from the EP. The truthful fact is, it’s not a super upbeat track as may be assumed. ‘Bend//Break’ isn’t necessarily a super upbeat pop-punk track, neither are Maypine. The track symbolises “letting your guard down and opening up to people. Specifically in this case, it refers to the person you love” and in it’s own way, ‘Weather’ perfectly sums exactly what is described, similarly to the whole album. As a symbolism for the EP, not every song is upbeat and happy, nor slower and darker, Instead, a well thought out mix protrudes through the release bringing a balance that works well for such a direction.

Final track ‘Together Alone’ incorporates more of a generalised alternative rock styling, with an opening in some ways slightly reminiscent to ‘How You Remind Me’ from Nickelback. Whether or not you like and/or agree, Maypine definitely weave in a heavier style. Verse wise, musical input is very simplistic, emphasising Jase’s clear vocals and lyrics. Evolving into the chorus, the heavy transcendence Maypine reach truly speaks out as a top track from the EP. Of a release of good strength, ‘Together Alone’ most certainly tops this release as the most polished and well created.

Simply speaking, ‘Bend/Break’ isn’t revolutionary. It’s difficult to predict their next steps as a band, whether they will move forward on such a style or if they will bend again to a new genre. For a (second) debut, this isn’t bad, a little repetitive and room for development definitely. However, It’s good with at least two out of four tracks certainly above the average for a smaller debut release. Worth a listen if you have the time.

Rating: 7/10


Brighton quintet MAYPINE are set to unveil their forthcoming record, ‘Bend/Break’ (pre-order here), via self-release on 6th July. They say that although they previously played material in a pop-punk vein, it should be considered their debut release. The band recently unveiled the dramatically daunting first video single from the EP. ‘Give’ can be seen here, with the band now joining us to give us a behind the scenes insight into it’s creation…

“The video for ‘Give’ was filmed at St Peter’s Church, Brighton. This venue served as a great location for the video as the church was already kitted out with some amazing lighting and had a large space for a performance video. Lewis Cater directed the video with Nicholas Lee-Shields who was Director of Photography. We loved Lewis’ work with other UK rock bands such as Neck Deep and Moose Blood so we were really excited to work with him on our video for ‘Give’.

As soon as we had chosen ‘Give’ to be our lead single from the EP, we knew that we wanted a performance based video with emphasis being on lighting that reflected the red/black branding for the EP. We started loading in for the shoot on a Friday night at around 9pm and began shooting at around 10.30pm. St Peter’s Church has large stained glass windows that couldn’t be covered so we had to shoot at night to ensure it was pitch black so that the lighting had as much impact as possible. Our friend Henry and Becky’s girlfriend Lucy managed the lighting for the evening and manually did the lighting for the 6 main batons at the back of the church and the 6 red batons on each pillar. Shooting the video took it’s toll particularly on Jason who had a very bad back at the time, and Tommy, James and Dan who had just finished a week’s work. Between each take, most of us were taking naps on the floor! Due to the extremely loud music that we were playing to for backing and the red flashing lights, the occasional drunk passer by started banging on the glass windows of the church, wondering if it was some kind of ‘satanic disco’.

We sleepily wrapped up at around 4.30am and couldn’t wait to see the final results from Lewis. After a few weeks we were sent the video and we were so excited with the outcome. The all night shoot and sorting the logistic of using the church were well worth it!”


Maypine had an average start with their debut ‘In The Back Of My Mind’, pulling off a 5 track EP with some catchy tracks to satisfy new listeners. However, this is not the band they want you to hear. ‘A much truer representation of our band’ is what they want to present, starting with their new track ‘Give’.

‘Give’ instantly hits listeners with a darker approach to music. The happier pop-punk foundations have fallen away and instead bring forth a different side to Maypine. There is no doubt that the opening of the track and choruses have a very good potential that will hopefully be unleashed in their forthcoming release. Even though the group are beginning to stray from their roots, the elements of pop-punk are still ingrained through the vocals of the track. The verses may need a hint of improvement to fit the development, as at times it just doesn’t match up with the flow of the full track. Is there anything overly new about this track as a whole? For the bands style, yes, as an overall fitting into the rock genre? Not really. However, this is their first time perhaps exploring outside of their original roots and that’s okay. This is by no means a bad track, if anything it’s a good improvement in their music as a whole.

Maypine are reinventing their style, clearly opting for a darker theme through their newest single, artwork and promotional shots. They have a new direction and aren’t afraid to show it. ‘Bend/Break’ is coming soon and Maypine are determined to let it be heard.

Rating: 7/10