The Mavericks In Time on 2LP
The Band's First Studio Recording Since 2003!
The Mavericks are back! The country-steeped garage band with the Cuban American lead singer, emerged from Miami with their sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity and vintage influences. But time has a way of melting when you’re busy living life - and two decades has passed since their poly-rhythmic brand of post-modern country has given the world “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes The Rain” and “Dance The Night Away.”
With their new album, time melts and the band that defied definitions, blurred genres and made everybody feel is back. Whether it’s the Buck Owens tropical chicken scratch of “Dance In The Moonlight,” the panoramic Orbison-esque “Born To Be Blue,” the horn-punctuated retro noir “Back In Your Arms Again” or Tejano-esque “All Over Again,” the Mavericks have once again found the way to make soul music and sole music.
For Malo, the lead singer with the rich supple voice that’s second to only Roy Orbison in its ability to convey lonesome, desire and vivre, drummer Paul Deakin and multi-instrumentalist Robert Reynolds, as well as longtime collaborator Jerry Dale McFadden and Maverick come semi-lately guitarist Eddie Perez, life has made them richer in terms of experience, playing acumen and a sense of their own musicality. It has also deepened the connection between them in a way that heightens the singular chemistry that made the Grammy-winning band one of the most exciting live propositions in any musical genre.
Other than a disjointed album seven years ago, the Mavericks had gone their separate ways. Through happenstance, serendipity and a collective convergence of the cosmos, the band members found themselves entertaining the notion of some live shows for major festivals, then the idea of recording emerged. Seven years had passed; they’d barely spoken, hadn’t been in the same room. Hadn’t given the band more than a passing thought, because what’s done is done.
But the Mavericks had never been conventional. Indeed, with the passage of time, their legend grew - and wherever the principles went, the question of reuniting seemed to grow exponentially. The time apart had also strengthened everyone’s musicality. Harvesting a sea of influences – from Dean Martin to ZZ Top, Merle Haggard and George Jones to tangos, polkas and Ravel’s “Bolero” – this album was as bold as it was exciting to record. Or as Perez laughs, “It’s so many genres… if you had to call it something, I guess it would have to be ‘inclusive’.”
For all the polish and sophistication, sold out shows at the UK’s Wembley Stadium, cultural blurring and tours of Japan, South America and Europe, the Mavericks are, indeed, a post-punk band with deep retro-fittings from Miami’s indie scene. That existing beyond the lines is why the lush ‘50s stroll of “That’s Not My Name” is as comfortable for the lil ole band for Calle Ocho as the jukin’ “As Long As There's Loving Tonight,” the stoic tenderness of “In Another’s Arms” or the epic build-and-recede “Call Me When You Get To Heaven,” featuring the legendary McCrary Sisters, which went down in one take.
“Tonight Is The Night,” with its climbing melodic escalation and unabashed brio, is as seductive as country’s been in years, while the B-3 and mariachi “Amsterdam Moon” celebrates the sensual jolt of being alive in the unseen details. Even the spaghetti Western “Come Unto Me” ripples with drama and the squat horn parts as Malo’s voice grows bolder and more epic in its bravado and command of carnality.
The Mavericks In Time Track Listing:
1. Back In Your Arms Again
3. Born to Be Blue
4. Come Unto Me
5. In Another's Arms
6. Fall Apart
7. All Over Again
1. Forgive Me
2. Amsterdam Moon
3. That's Not My Name
4. As Long As There's Loving Tonight
5. Dance In The Moonlight
6. Call Me When You Get To Heaven
17. Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me) - Spanish Version