THE MAENSION is an international band based out of Hollywood, CA and Naples, Italy, and they’ll be playing a hard-rocking live show at The Crown Inn, Bridport this weekend. Mark Maension and his crew were all born and raised in different countries (USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Ukraine). Their international heritage is reflected in the reach of their global touring and creative approach to music, with their high production live show being a must-see to understand their enticing appeal.
Back in 2015 The Maension took a very bold decision, they sold their cars, let go of their jobs and apartments in LA and hit the road for good. Embarking on their first World Tour (self-funded and self-booked) playing 126 shows in 12 countries in 12 months, covering every state of mainland USA, Canada and 10 European countries including UK and Germany.
The constant touring schedule got the band a lot of attention, including keytarist Skye being nominated as one of the “Top 25 Women in Hard Rock & Metal for 2015” from Metalholic.
Following the success of their year-long Ævol World Tour in 2015, the band was ready to channel the inspiration and excitement derived from all that traveling into to channel the inspiration and excitement derived from all that traveling into new music and a fresh new image.
Upon their return to the US, they spent the first five months of 2016 in a 50s farm house in Los Angeles where Singer/Producer Mark Maension setup his mobile recording studio with his collection of analog gear and started experimenting with newer sounds and fresh ideas for the record. The body of that work culminated in 12 sounds and fresh ideas for the record. The body of that work culminated in 12 songs defining the band’s new sound, leaving their progressive side behind in favor of more traditional song structures and giving Mark’s vocals and Skye’s keytar a bigger role in shaping the sound of the band.
The album titled Rævolution explores themes of social interest varying from politics (Say It), social injustice (Imagine Tomorrow), environment (The Engineer) while also touching on other subjects, ranging from the kinky (Master/Slave) to the uplifting (Happy). Producer Mitchell Marlow (In This Moment, Filter, Butcher Babies..) was brought in to add additional production on 2 songs likely to be chosen as singles. In June after completing their new album Rævolution they started their second World Tour covering all of USA, Canada, UK & Europe, clocking in another 116 shows in 14 countries!
The band has opened for Mudvayne, In This Moment, MushroomHead, Ministry, Otep, Non Point, Hed PE, Christian Death and played big Festivals in USA, Canada and Europe (SXSW TX, LocoFest FL, MetaLocaLypstickFest BC, Birdman UK ) as well as venues ranging from 100 to 1000 capacity.
Their previous album Ævolution, released in exclusive trough MetalInsider.net topped at #36 on the CMJ Loud Rock top 40 charts for USA and Canada, with The Maension being the only unsigned band on that chart! Ævolution includes ‘Chrysalis’ featuring a vocal cameo by Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit and ‘Freak’ mixed by Sylvia Massy (Tool, SOAD..) which was featured in the movie ‘Hold Your Breath’ released in theaters in USA and on TV channels around the world.
The Maension play live at The Crown Inn, Bridport this Sunday, October 22nd at 9.30pm.