Des Moines retro-soul band The Maytags premiered their "Marry Ya" music video on Culture Collide today. "Marry Ya" is the first single off their debut album Love Lines, out July 1st.
The music accompanies a subtle, black and white video that highlights The Maytags' organic sound. Love Lines is a testament to the band’s hard work on the road and smolders with the intensity of a broken relationship. "We worked our asses off on this," Dustin Smith says. "Me and Tim ... tried to draw a lot of inspiration from the Daptone crew, Stax, and Al Green." The Maytags tracked the whole album to 2 inch tape in less than 30 hours.
The album sees Smith achieving a bit of the latter band's gut-busting, almost-preternatural howling on cathartic opener "Pushing Up Rivers." A three-part "Suite for Green Eyes," written as a whole by Smith and Tim Sanders (sax), inhabits the aftermath of a breakup: bittersweet acceptance, tempestuous reflection, and the lustful confusion of running into an ex once it's all over.
Dustin Smith's lyrics often reference the cultural geography of his hometown Des Moines, Iowa. If there can be a New South, then there can be a sound that's Midwest Nouveau.