Quantum Leap is from John Maus' forthcoming album, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, out on June 28th in North America on Ribbon Music and June 27th in the UK / Europe on Upset the Rhythm.
Hear another track, Believer, from the album here: http://soundcloud.com/ribbonmusic/john-maus-believer
JOHN MAUS lives in his birthplace of Austin, Minnesota. Whilst working towards his PhD in Political Science, he also composes music that taps into melancholic fantasy and affirms that we are all truly alive. Questing synthesizers, tensely strung bass lines and chasing drum machines providing the perfect backdrop for John's deeply resonant reverb-drenched vocal. Born in the decade of synth pop and sharing his birthday with George Frideric Handel, John started making music when Nirvana posters went up on every teenager’s wall. It’s this curious conflux of influences that partially helps to describe John’s music. It’s a world where the Germs jam with Jerry Goldsmith, Cabaret Voltaire relocate to Eternia and Josquin des Prez writes a new score for RoboCop. The confrontation of punk, the fleeting poignancy of 80’s movie soundtracks, the insistent pulse of Moroder and the spirituality of Medieval and Baroque music all find salvation in John Maus.
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves breaks new ground for Maus. The shirt pulling and air punching of his impassioned live performance is finally captured in all its frenzied appeal alongside a tender inner space that wasn’t as apparent on his previous albums. It’s a record where promise takes the lead for the first time, providing a counterpoint to John’s default existential calling.
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John will be playing shows across the US this summer including co-headlining shows with LA's Puro Instinct.
05-13 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06-18 San Francisco, CA - Brick And Mortar Music Hall *
06-20 Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
06-21 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
06-24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry *
06-25 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
06-26 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06-28 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
06-29 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
06-30 Boston, MA - Great Scott *
07-02 Winooski, VT - Monkey House
07-03 Philadelphia, PA - Making Time @ Voyeur *
07-05 Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage *
07-06 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
07-07 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe *
07-08 New Orleans, LA - Wolf Den at Howlin Wolf *
07-09 Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside *
07-12 San Diego CA - Casbah *
07-13 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar *
07-15 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
* w/ Puro Instinct