Beginning life in 2011 as a project between Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, Maribou State had released a string of well received EP’s and singles before the arrival of debut album ‘Portraits’ propelled them to the world stage. Spawning a live show that took them around the globe and included standout festival performances at Glastonbury, Bestival, a headline slot at Secret Garden Party; a 32-date European tour with two sold-out London shows including the legendar...
Beginning life in 2011 as a project between Chris Davids and Liam Ivory, Maribou State had released a string of well received EP’s and singles before the arrival of debut album ‘Portraits’ propelled them to the world stage.
Spawning a live show that took them around the globe and included standout festival performances at Glastonbury, Bestival, a headline slot at Secret Garden Party; a 32-date European tour with two sold-out London shows including the legendary KOKO; plus dates throughout Asia, Australia and America. They received radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Gilles Peterson, in addition to the BBC 6 Music A-list, a 5-show BBC Radio 1 Residency, a slot on the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and the invitation of a session Live from London’s iconic Maida Vale studios. Critical support came from the likes of The Guardian, I-D magazine and Vogue, with the album amassing hundreds of millions streams.
This incredible success that followed the release of “Portraits” took Chris and Liam quite by surprise, “It was like Christmas every day” laughs Liam, “stuff like doing a show in Bangalore and having a crowd come and see us who knew the music and would sing all the words. It was an incredible experience”.
After more than a year of touring they returned to the UK to begin work on new material, but relocating their studio from The Shack - their home-built studio at the back of Liam’s garden in Hertfordshire - to a new base in London found them struggling to find their creative flow. The solution was to start looking outward and back over their journey of the past two years. They began making regular excursions out of the city, setting up a temporary studio space for weeks at a time, they started to piece together a “sonic collage” - drawing on ideas that were written while touring in places like India, and on field recordings from Asia, Australia, Morocco, America and beyond - the result of which was 2018’s stunning "Kingdoms In Colour”.
It featured the lead single ‘Feel Good’, a collaboration with with psychedelic Texas trio Khruangbin; vocals from long-standing collaborators Holly Walker, who previously sang on fan favorites ‘Midas’, ‘Steal’ & ‘Tongue’; a collaboration with Jack Sibley (AKA North downs); and standout single ‘Turnmills’ (named after the London club which closed in 2008).
Released to widespread acclaim, the record earned them a #25 spot on the UK album charts (and #4 on the UK Record Store chart), was BBC 6 Music’s ‘Album Of The Day’ and received huge support from Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw, Gilles Peterson, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Pete Tong, Nemone and many more, with the band also performing live on Lauren Laverne’s show. The record also drew high-praise from the likes of NME, Complex, GQ, and Crack Magazine, with Mixmag naming them as one of their ‘Artists Of The Year’ in 2018.
This was followed by 2019’s ‘Kingdoms In Colour Remixed’ album which featured a cache of incredible reworkings from the likes of HAAi, Maceo Plex, Adesse Versions, DJ Tennis and more, as well as the release of a subsequent single, “Mother”, as part of their ‘Fabric Presents’ compilation in 2020.
Following the release of the album, Maribou State took their lauded 5-piece live show across the globe to some of the worlds most prestigious venues and festival stages, including a headline show at the Sydney Opera House, a triumphant sold-out show at Brixton Academy, back-to-back sold-out UK, EU and North American tours, high-profile slots at the likes of Glastonbury, Primavera, All Points East, and a headline slot at Lost Village Festival alongside Bicep, Little Dragon, Modeselektor and Richie Hawtin.
In 2023 they returned with the highly anticipated new single “Blackoak” — a classic slice of signature Maribou sound, blending intricate electronics with organic live instrumentation and vocals, built around the kind of enticing hooks that have earned them such a huge and dedicated fan base over the years. It acts not just as a reintroduction of Maribou State to the world but as a marker for where they are at both sonically and creatively, a statement of intent on what is surely to follow.