Maid Myriad’s love for music has shone through their performances and they’ve been catching people’s attention that way since they hit the scene back in 2007. Oh, and they may just be my new favorite band. They tend to blanch at the thought of putting themselves into a genre. But when someone’s life is hypothetically in danger, singer Jeffrey Christopher Klemm admitted that he’d call them “alternative indie rock pop goodness with maybe a cherry on top.” Alternative being a new catch all term, they’re kind of the alternative to alternative, or what we coined “ultra-alternative.” JCK has been playing with his brother Kevin Klemm, the drummer of Maid Myriad for as long as he can remember, whether it was pots and pans or a Casio keyboard. He was able to convince Kevin to get a drum kit for his 13th or 14th birthday and then handed him albums to study. When JCK determined his brother was pretty good, they started to make music together. After all of JCK’s high school bands broke up (including a screamo venture and a bit of punk music), he spent time playing acoustic sets. But still, he found that the music he was writing was more rock than acoustic. So, he and Kevin started jamming and Maid Myriad was born. The brothers recorded Maid Myriad’s entire first album, Embrace, on their own, adding a guitarist about two weeks before sending off the record. Since then, they went through a string of bassists and guitarists before finally finding Alex Popovici [bassist] and Gavin Cushman III [guitarist] who have both proven to be a perfect match for the band. “They’re my best friends,” JCK commented about the band. “It’s so good to play music with your friends. It’s like the best thing ever.” These guys’ music backgrounds are extremely eclectic, which probably adds to their “alternative to alternative rock” sound. JCK studied vocal performance and plays guitar and bass. Kevin plays classical piano and drums. Alex plays violin and bass. Their tastes in music are just as varied. Gavin listens to metal. JCK likes the songwriter, trippy, noise sort of stuff. Kevin loves classical piano and Mozart. While Alex likes singer songwriter, ‘60s stuff. They’re constantly sharing their tastes with one another. The band is working on a new album, now. It takes a bit of a step away from the music that was written by primarily JCK and Kevin. Now the band is collaborating to get the sound of the new album. JCK promised that it is going to be a bit more pop-y than their older stuff. Titled “Whirlwind,” the album promises to be something amazing for Maid Myriad. JCK thinks that it’s their best work by far. “These songs are fresh. They feel better. They feel really good. They’re really us and they’re really all over the place. You’ll listen to track three and you’ll listen to track eight and think ‘is this the same band?’ That’s why the record’s called ‘Whirlwind,’ because it’s supposed to take you on a whirlwind rollercoaster.” They even promise that they’re going to try something different and unconventional for this release. JCK wouldn’t tell what though. (My money is on more cow bell.) But keep your eye out for that one in the near future. Maid Myriad will be playing the July 1st First Friday at the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop and promise an amazing show. With some songs from their first two albums and a bit of music from Whirlwind, it will definitely be the best introduction to Maid Myriad you could ever get – if you haven’t caught them yet.