1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147



Positive No

Thu, October 1, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Maritime was formed in 2003 by Davey von Bohlen (guitar/vocals) and Dan Didier (drums), both former members of the influential Midwestern indie-rock band The Promise Ring, along with The Dismemberment Plan bassist Eric Axelson.
Soon after forming, Maritime hit the road in support of an EP, Adios, which served as a preview for their debut full-length, Glass Floor (2004; DeSoto Records).

By early 2006, Axelson had left the band, and a four-piece lineup was solidified with the addition of Dan Hinz (The Benjamins, Carolina) on guitar and former Decibully bassist Justin Klug. Maritime’s sophomore album We, The Vehicles was released on Chicago’s Flameshovel Records that year.

By late 2007 Maritime had become a well-respected band on their own accord, not only because of the individual members' reputation as mid-90's emo pioneers, but mostly due to their steady stream of standout releases as Maritime. Their third full-length album, Heresy and the Hotel Choir was released in October 2007 to critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Spin Magazine.

Following a few quiet years in the wake of Heresy..., Maritime reconnected with former Promise Ring manager Jeff Castelaz and in April of 2010 announced their signing to Castelaz’s label, Dangerbird Records (Silversun Pickups, Hot Hot Heat, Minus the Bear). Maritime’s fourth album, Human Hearts, was released in April 2011.

The next chapter in Maritime’s history is already being written. The band just finished tracking at their own recording studio, The Polish Moon, in Milwaukee—concocting a batch of songs that combine the darker tone of Heresy with the popcraft of We, The Vehicles. Look for their fifth, and yet to be named, album to hit stores in the fall of 2015 on Dangerbird.
Positive No
Positive No
Yeah, we get it. The term "indie rock veterans" is basically a nice way of saying a new band is comprised of musically accomplished older people. Positive No could be tagged as such but why focus on age or who has been in what other bands right out of the gate. Boring.

First, let's talk about the band in terms of this decade. Positive No started in a cozy living room in Richmond, Virginia. Songwriter and guitarist Kenny Close began home recording a series of songs over a Christmas vacation. These were shared with Tracy Wilson who in turn added her vocals. The intention was never to start a band but once the recording process began in the winter of 2011, the songwriting chemistry snowballed into a series of new songs. Drummer extraordinaire Willis Thompson brought this duo to a trio and after a few temporary bass players, this four piece was rounded out by the recent addition of Josh Quarles.

A debut 5 song EP entitled Via Florum was recently recorded at Magpie Cage with J Robbins (Jawbox / Burning Airlines / Office of Future Plans), mastered by Carl Saff, and will be released this fall on Wilson's record label Little Black Cloud Records (digital and 12").

So where exactly did the members of Positive No come from? The band's family tree is well rooted. Kenny has played guitar in a series of noisy indie rock bands from Virginia since the mid '90s. Tracy was the singer in the '90s post hardcore band Dahlia Seed (Theologian/Troubleman Records) but has also recorded under the solo moniker Ringfinger over the past 5 years (Magic Bullet Records / Little Black Cloud). Willis began playing music at age 14 and having played in a large variety of styles of music (from Ska to Alt-country) is best known for his stint as the drummer in Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (Kill Rock Stars). That brings us to Josh, the master of quiet Rock. At present he also plays in two beloved Richmond bands: Jonathan Vasser and the Speckled Bird as well as The Low Branches.

Positive No may have a confounding combination of styles in their songwriting background, but together they create melodic, fuzzy, dream-pop with the right balance of tension and energy. For those unfamiliar with the band's musical pedigree it would be tempting to suggest they pay heavy tribute to a time when Velocity Girl's singer was rumored to have eloped with the drummer of Sunny Day Real Estate (yes, that really was gossip from back in the day), but remember most of this band has been making music since the mid '90s. It can get confusing when a new band is compared to older bands that they were once peers to or heck, maybe even influenced, so let's talk about Positive No's upcoming release instead.

In Richmond's Maymont Park there is a stone archway engraved with the words Via Florum. It is the gateway between two worlds, the dramatic rolling hills along the James River and a compact, blooming oasis. Eclectic, lush, and slightly off the beaten path, this multi-layered garden celebrates the past while remaining vibrant and modern.

Positive No's debut release Via Florum is aptly named after this meticulous "flowering way".
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147