"You know that mysterious black object that the creepy family is staring at on the cover of Led Zeppelin's "Presence" album? Fol Chen sound like that. But we don't sound like Led Zeppelin. (We actually do a little.) Instead, we sound like Prince with Amon Duul II and a children's religious revival, not to mention Hot Chip, Pink Floyd, Gwen Stefani, Pere Ubu, Danielson Famile, Scritti Politti, Boards of Canada, The Blow, and Pulp. (Mostly.) We are using secret powers and the guidance of legendary DJ Donna Donna to combat our nemesis, John Shade. We are cryptic and joyful and we would like you to dance."
"A cross-continental friendship, a kaleidoscopic fascination with the musical styles of myriad cultures and a flexible arrangement that permits a rotating cast of characters have turned Maza Blaska into a thriving band."
-Kevin Joy, The Columbus Dispatch
In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...
"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, The Alexander. takes a very minimalistic approach to songwriting while still maintaining a powerful sense of melody and emotion.