"It's a study of digital and analog — the difference between them and what happens when they're combined," says Nick Everett, one of the three musical wizards of Mauno ("mao-no"). With Evan Matthews and Eliza Niemi, the experimental pop group releases Rough Master with Dories, Foam and Kurt Inder on Wednesday night at Menz Bar ($8, 8:30pm).
The album's six tracks were recorded in May at Montreal's Drones Club by Mike Wright, who is one of Mauno's inspirations: "We are all influenced by pieces of the Halifax canon past and present, particularly Long Long Long and Each Other," says Everett (both bands in which Wright is involved), "We want to make pop songs. Concision, efficiency, direction. But we love all sorts of music and sound. Quickly set up little worlds then move on."
Matthews says: "We all have different backgrounds that seem to complement each other. Eliza has a background in classical cello, R&B, and prog rock. I have a background in classical percussion, punk rock, and session work. Nick has a background in folk music and choral music. We share an affinity for pop structure and experimentalism and the ways in which they manifest themselves."
In other words, Everett says, "Evan brings the van, Eliza brings the chips, I bring the doubt."