Maps is the debut album by Halifax-born musician Ben Adey – better known as King Harvest & The Weight. Infused with an undercurrent of '70s cool; tumultuous riffs and a feverish energy, Adey describes Maps as “a high energy, good times record". It covers so many bases, it plays like the greatest lost mixtape – a dashboard discovery for a hot summer's day!
With sensibilities hailing from a pre-punk era where songwriting reigned supreme, KH&TW take seemingly disparate elements of '60s pop and '70s rock, and neatly package them into concise, brawny morsels of garage-rock fire.
Ben continues: “We unashamedly wanted to echo those beautiful, bygone days, when young people would lie back and breathe-in albums like Jailbreak, Physical Graffiti, and A Day at the Races.”
But this is no cloying exercise in classic rock nostalgia. KH&TW's infectious melodies, sun-dappled hooks and uplifting choruses channel a freewheeling spirit that has never gone out of style.
Maps is the embodiment of that mission statement.
”Maps was recorded during the second half of 2015 by Steve Royston-Smith, “in the darkest depths of West Yorkshire”, Ben grins. “Everything was done very traditionally –tracked live wherever possible, with a minimum of overdubs.
”Among the album's many collaborators are M G Boulter (Simone Felice, Duke & The King), Andy Bruce (Erland and The Carnival, Kathryn Williams, Ren Harvieu), Rosie Doonan (Peter Gabriel), Conor Lawrence (Flesh), and CJ Smith of Roger Taylor and Brian May’s pre-Queen band, Smile.
As well as recording on the majority of the 14 tracks, drummer Justin Edley and guitarist Oliver Smith became full time members of the band and alongside Adey, complete the line-up of King Harvest & The Weight.
1. Howl (read by Mike Watt)
2. When it stops
4. This Town
6. Morning Light
11. The Night
12. New York Is Dangerous
13. While I'm High
14. Constant Reminder
released June 20, 2016
Recorded and mixed by Steve Royston Smith at Studio 3b.
Produced by Ben Adey.
Additional vocals on track 13 recorded by George Riley at The Penthouse.
Additional guitars on track 9 recorded by John Heron.
All songs written by Ben Adey
Mastered by Jon Astley at Close to the Edge Mastering.