Mae

Smash Magazine Presents

Mae

Youth Fables

Sun · January 20, 2019

8:00 pm

Backstage Bar & Billiards

Las Vegas, Nevada

$22.00 - $89.00

This event is 21 and over

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Mae - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Mae
From the moment of their inception, MAE have existed in the cross-sectional spaces
of creation. Art and innovation. Intricacy and accessibility. Beauty and chaos. Head
and heart. Theirs was a meticulous crafting of soundscapes; painstakingly deliberate
and blissfully spontaneous.
This multidimensional juxtaposition formed the friction point that sparked the
creation of their now-classic early releases (2003’s Destination: Beautiful​ ​and
2005’s The Everglow​), ​as well as the flame that guided their continued exploration
throughout the ensuing decade (Capitol debut, Singularity, and the self-released
Morning, Afternoon and Evening E.P.s). Attempts to categorize the band’s sound
were made regularly and typically culminated in a hyphenated variation of the
nebulous “emo” catch-all. But, the defining thread of MAE’s creation was their
uncanny ability to find the heartstrings of the listener and make them resonate with
a sympathetic hum.
However, within those juxtapositions lay a deeper revelation of MAE’s creative
direction, a foreshadowing, perhaps. It was there if you listened closely—a tension
within the manuka honey melodies, a yearning in the empty spaces, a kicking at the
goads of limitation within the pre-determined structures. It was a longing for
transcendence, not only of genre, but of consciousness—and not only of
consciousness, but of perception. It was the entire reason and impetus behind the
name, an acronym for “Multisensory Aesthetic Experience,” the evolving theory that
enveloped drummer, Jacob Marshall’s foray into academia.
It’s no accident that MAE’s fourth studio LP bears the self-fulfilling prophecy of their
namesake. Multisensory Aesthetic Experience, the band’s first full-length release in
nearly a decade, is the arguable realization of their aspirations since conception.
There is a liberation that occurs within the first few notes of the album, an
untethering of the straight jacket of expectations. Categories are tossed back to the
game shows where they belong, and the music becomes music, gloriously expansive,
explorative, and addictively melodic.
The album dips and crescendos moment to moment, song to song with seamless
ferocity. From the DMT-infused retro-space odyssey groove of “Kaleidoscope,” to
the Byrne-esque mayhem of “The Overview,” to the contemplative hypnosis of
“Simple Words,” it quickly becomes apparent that the heart-strings are no longer
merely resonating; they’re playing full melodies that deftly counterbalance the
compositions. The resulting experience is one that is visceral, impassioned,
expansive—and yes, transcendent. The anthemic dynamism of the album’s
progression is such that it pushes the listener to the very cusp of the multisensory
aspect for which they’ve been striving since the beginning.
But for as much as Multisensory Aesthetic Experience represents the realization of
Dave Elkins, Zach Gehring and Jacob Marshall’s collective creative vision, it’s the
other aspects of the band’s new chapter that will facilitate its true culmination. The
band’s tours in support of the album will be unlike any they’ve undertaken, with an
increased emphasis on the experience, utilizing virtual reality to bring the swelling

soundscapes to life with new abandon and in greater dimension, to aid the audience
in a journey to realms yet unreached. In short, a Multisensory Aesthetic Experience.
“When we tour again and tell a new story, we have opportunities we’ve never even
considered, even though the band has been called Multisensory Aesthetic
Experience for a long time and put out so many releases,” Elkins says.
“You have to meet people where they are instead of asking people to come back to
where they’ve been. It’s a theme to the album: Keep moving forward. It’s another
reason why the band is doing this. When there’s growth and everything feels new,
it’s harder and harder to do that. But it’s always possible. If you keep up with that
growth, how can you not have your expectations and mind blown?”
Youth Fables
Youth Fables
chillwave + electronic + good vibes
Venue Information:
Backstage Bar & Billiards
601 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
http://www.backstagebarandbilliards.com/