Mayen (CZ)

Mayen (CZ)

Prague based outfit Mayen came into existence in 2013 as a solo project of Lukas Vydra, songwriter and ex-guitarist of the synthpop band Girls on Drugs (now Deaths). He first gained wider attention after releasing his debut EP Wonder Years (2013). Since then the project grew into a regular live band with Lukas Klavrza on guitar, Josef Hradilek on bass, Jachym Krohe on synths and drummer Vaclav Miskovsky joining in the creative process and giving Vydra´s songs a more dynamic and live sound. Mayen have played dozens of concerts around The Czech Republic and Slovakia. They have served as opening acts for bands like Everything Everything, Glass Animals, Lower Dens, Blackbird Blackbird or Blouse. In the spring of 2015 Mayen have released their sophomore EP Elegy as a digital download (Starcastic) and on cassette tape (Z Tapes). It was received positively by fans, critics and the musical blogosphere. The band´s hazy guitar melodies, synth lines and reverbed vocals can evoke dreamy and nostalgic feelings as much as they can make the listener feel hopeful. Their lyrics mostly deal with friendship, love and growing up in the suburbs. In Mayen´s own words they are "a bunch of friends from Prague who love spending time together and playing sad songs for joy.”