MAITA - Portland, OR

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Biography

“For me, songwriting comes from a place of wanting to find the truth in life. Sometimes that truth is so complex and nuanced that it requires a whole song to explain,” shares Maria Maita-Keppeler, the principal songwriter and front person for the Portland, Oregon-based indie rock band MAITA.

Maita-Keppeler began experimenting with songwriting while soaking in the indie artists of the 2000’s. She related to how these writers interweave reality and poetry, and resonated with their emotional candor, particularly in light of her tendencies toward emotional restraint while growing up. “I have always had this desire to make sure everyone is happy and no one is dissatisfied or hurt,” Maita-Keppeler explains. “Music has been a place for me to demand the free space to say what I want to say.”

Maita-Keppeler’s bold vulnerability and literate flair is on full display on the quartet’s debut album, Best Wishes. The album was released on venerated indie imprint Kill Rock Stars (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, the Decemberists) in May of 2020, and since then has been featured in NPR, Spin, Brooklyn Vegan, and Consequence of Sound. 

Recent Press

"This is an album that's, at least to me, a clear-eyed look at growing up and holding yourself responsible for actively creating the life you want to live instead of just waiting around for it to happen." - NPR

"MAITA’s Debut Album Got Kill Rock Stars Founder Slim Moon Back In The Game" - SPIN

"Throughout the band’s debut Best Wishes her lyrics are the shrapnel that linger long after the blasts of power pop and misty-eyed folk laments have come to an end." - The Line of Best Fit

"Best Wishes brings together 90’s alt-rock guitars and addictive melodies, but with its eye firmly on contemporary society." - Secret Meeting

"Portland-based Maita’s debut album is a strong collection of bittersweet songs that has more than a whiff of Portlandia about it." - Louder Than War

** PRE-ORDER ** I Just Want To Be Wild For You
** PRE-ORDER ** I Just Want To Be Wild For You
** PRE-ORDER ** I Just Want To Be Wild For You
** PRE-ORDER ** I Just Want To Be Wild For You

I Just Want To Be Wild For You

• FOLLOW-UP TO BEST WISHES
• LIMITED EDTION CORAL VINYL
• PREORDER COMES WITH DOWNLOAD OF FIRST THREE SINGLES "ROAD SONG," "PASTEL CONCRETE" and "HONEY, HAVE I LOST IT ALL?"

* * * THIS IS A PREORDER, ALBUM WILL SHIP ON/AROUND FEBRUARY 18 RELEASE DATE * * *

I Just Want to Be Wild For You is a focused, dynamic, intimate follow-up to 2020’s Best Wishes that finds MAITA deepening their sound. Over the course of 11 tracks, the record hones in on the passion that exists within moments of extreme disconnect, crafting a sonic portrait that grows and shifts with each singular emotion. MAITA allows for the heavier, cathartic moments to reach new intensities, using a palette of warm, distorted guitars, and driving drums to create indie-rock landscapes that are catchy and unfettered. The softer, more vulnerable moments of the album find their counterpart with subtle, layered, folk-inspired tracks that showcase songwriter Maria Maita-Keppeler’s lyricism with cinematic touches of grand piano and pedal steel guitar.

1. Loneliness
2. Pastel Concrete
3. You Sure Can Kill A Sunday, Part I
4. You Sure Can Kill A Sunday, Part II
5. Road Song

6. Ex-Wife
7. Honey, Have I Lost It All?
8. Light Of My Life (Cell Phone Song)
9. Blue Has Gone Gray
10. Where Do You Go?
11. Wild For You

Cat. No. KRS664
Release date: February 18, 2022

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Best Wishes
Best Wishes
Best Wishes
Best Wishes

Best Wishes

“For me, songwriting comes from a place of wanting to find the truth in life. Sometimes that truth is so complex and nuanced that it requires a whole song to explain,” shares Maria Maita-Keppeler, the principal songwriter and front person for the Portland, Oregon-based indie rock band MAITA.

Maita-Keppeler’s bold vulnerability and literate flair is on full display on the quartet’s debut album, Best Wishes. She began experimenting with songwriting while soaking in the indie artists of the 2000’s such as Bright Eyes and Feist. She related to how these writers interweave reality and poetry, and resonated with their emotional candor, particularly in light of her tendencies toward emotional restraint while growing up.

“I have always had this desire to make sure everyone is happy and no one is dissatisfied or hurt,” Maita-Keppeler explains. “Music has been a place for me to demand the free space to say what I want to say.”

Best Wishes balances ethereal musicality with visceral expressiveness. This juxtaposition is mirrored in the arrangements through potent use of loud and soft dynamics and in Maita-Keppeler’s lyrics, which manage to be layered, literate, but also impactfully concise.

1. A Beast
2. Someone's Lost Their Goddamn Wallet
3. I'm Afraid Of Everything
4. Can't Blame A Kid
5. Broken Down Boys
6. Japanese Waitress

7. Perfect Heart
8. Darling, Don't Take Me When You're Ready To Go
9. Boy
10. Pay To Play
11. Best Wishes, XO, Hugs And Kisses, Goodbye

Cat. No. KRS660
Release date: May 15, 2020

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