The Promise Ring made waves on music blogs last month when the reissue of its discography on Jade Tree Records — especially seminal emo album Nothing Feels Good, which celebrated its 18th birthday yesterday — was announced for Oct. 30. But while the band stopped releasing new material in 2002 and, save for throw-off reunion shows, are essentially broken up, most write-ups glossed over the fact that singer Davey Von Bohlen and drummer Dan Didier are still blazing forward with The Promise Ring’s living, breathing counterpart, Maritime, and that the four-piece, which also includes members Justin Klug and Dan Hinz, have a new album out this Friday.
It’s a shame that Magnetic Bodies/Map of Bones (off Dangerbird Records) — Maritime’s first full-length in four years and fifth total — isn’t getting much national attention. The album is filled with sleek and introspective songs deserving of a bigger spotlight. The first single, “Satellite Love,” is a shiny, catchy pop song that morphs the introductory, decidedly Cure-esque bassline into a breezily strummed number punctuated by a cheery synthesizer and Von Bohlen’s relentless inquisitiveness. While Lou Reed looked toward the sky contemplating a wayward crush on “Satellite of Love,” Von Bohlen just wants a response.
“Roaming Empire” is the band’s favorite from the album and it’s not hard to see why. Uptempo and rough around the edges, the track sounds like it dusts off the morning cobwebs, puts on a pot of coffee and drops a shot of whiskey in the first cup (and maybe the second). The song details the struggle and merriment of being on tour, bemoaning life away from home but reveling in the effervescent closing guitar solo.
At 10 tracks over a swift 37 minutes, one of the record’s best qualities is in its brevity. Maritime knows how to craft infectious rock songs and they don’t spend extra time futzing around that basic objective. Like any great yet succinct record, Magnetic Bodies/Map of Bones is an album that warrants multiple spins.
Maritime celebrates the release of Magnetic Bodies/Map of Bones at the Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Stream of the Week
Milwaukee ex-pats Blessed Feathers unveiled a fantastic new album, There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow, last Friday. While the Flagstaff, Ariz., folk outfit is not signed to a label, they were able to secure an exclusive vinyl release on the monthly subscription-based record club, Vinyl Me Please. To receive a copy of the 150-gram purple opaque vinyl record, you need to sign up for the service by Oct. 15.
Video of the Week
Stomach queasy from the weekend? Be forewarned that the fifth and final installment of adoptahighway’s A Fault music video series may cause motion sickness. The entire WC Tank-directed project will be shown along the Artery Beerline Trail on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. The event is free, features performances by Scallops Hotel, MC (Mikal) and Jay Anderson. There will also be complementary food provided by Pepper Pot Catering and the Riverwest Co-Op
This Week in Live Music
Monday, October 12: Wild Belle with Canopies at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Wednesday, October 14: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat with Dogs in Ecstasy at Lucky Cat, 8 p.m. ($5) – (2541 N. Bremen St.)
Friday, October 16: Chance the Rapper with D.R.A.M., Towkio and Metro Boomin at the Rave, 8 p.m. ($27-$32) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Saturday, October 17: Passion Pit with Firekid at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($27-$37) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: Ringo Starr & His All Star Band featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather & Richard Page of Mr. Mister at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($75) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Sunday, October 18: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the Pabst Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($55-$75) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)