Maven Grace release their new single ‘Me Vs. The Volcano’ on July 17th, through Republic of Music. Recorded at Bryan Ferry’sAvonmore Studio, by invitation from Ferry himself, ‘Me Vs The Volcano’ is a defiant song of survival in the face of overwhelming odds. Drawing heavily on the recent upheaval in singer Mary Douglas-Home’s own life, the lyrics draw on ideas of heartbreak, divorce and self-belief. “When the worst happens, you need to find the strength to carry on,” she explains. “I was singing to myself more than anyone else, in a way. And there are days when despair wins out. But as a wise friend recently told me, when you let the fairytale die you can start living.”
Ferry’s invitation to record as his studio came off the back of Maven Grace’s standout performance at Standon Calling last summer where the headliner saw them perform and promptly wrote to them to praise their unique sound. The rest as they say is history. Fast forward 12 months, Maven Grace took him up on his kind offer and have recorded their debut album at the studio, having been given complete access to a huge number of legendary instruments in situ. From Brian Eno’s original VCS3, one of the earliest synthesizers ever built, to the distinctive Solina which Roxy Music aficionados will recognise as the dominant sound on the groundbreaking Avalon album, Maven Grace have combined Ferry’s retro-modern arsenal with their own cinematic sound.