Big Stir Records is proud to welcome LA's own MAPLE MARS to our roster, bidding adieu to 2021 with “Goodbye California,” the band's first release since their landmark 2010 album Galaxyland and the first taste of their forthcoming 2022 album on BSR. The brand new single will be available for streaming everywhere on December 10, but is now up for download exclusively at www.bigstirrecords.com on the band's artist page and at www.bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com. It's accompanied by a music video, up at the Big Stir Media YouTube channel now.
Arriving by time machine from the psychedelic era – and yet always thrillingly ahead of their time -- MAPLE MARS landed on the Los Angeles pop scene with a multi-colored bang! Fronted by singer-songwriter Rick Hromadka, their psychedelic pop/rock debut album Welcome To Maple Mars (Permanent Press Recordings) was recorded in guitarist Steve Berns' apartment. Industry mags such as Billboard, Album Network, Mojo, Hits Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly touted the album as one of the best indie pop-rock records of that year. As their journey progressed, Maple Mars recorded three more albums echoing the likes of Pink Floyd, The Who, The Move, and The Beatles. Their fourth album, Galaxyland (2010), received college/internet radio play and garnered accolades across the global pop rock scene, hailed as “a psychedelic masterpiece and their most acclaimed album yet" by Twirl Radio.
Producer/guitarist Steve Berns, drummer Ron Pak (Double Naught Spies), bassist Joe Giddings (Theme Music, Ruby Free), and Rick Hromadka (Double Naught Spies, Ruby Free) are the travelers who take their influences to new territories on their forthcoming 2022 LP Someone’s Got To Listen. It's their fifth record overall and their first for Big Stir Records, who are delighted to welcome the hometown heroes to their roster. And it's no wonder: the label itself was born out of the LA live scene, where Maple Mars has long been renowned for massive, stadium-worthy performances whether headlining the label's concert series or opening for the likes of The Tubes.
Hromadka is also a three-time Emmy Award winning sound designer who began penning songs for TV teen shows like Breaker High, Sweet Valley High, and the Power Rangers, also landing a track on the Power Rangers movie Turbo. Maple Mars’ music has also been featured in TV shows like ER, Third Watch, Felicity and Friday Night Lights. The band has appeared on a variety of pop compilations from countries like Sweden, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Canada, winning international attention along with tours of both coasts of the US and in Europe. And the band's already back on the road in advance of the new album. Someone's Got To Listen indeed, and with a clutch of invigorating new songs and their commanding stage presence, MAPLE MARS can be sure that fans worldwide are going to do just that.