After more than six months with Maritime’s “We, The Vehicles,” it’s proving to be one of the most enjoyable records of the year, a great improvement on the band’s slightly disappointing debut, as guitarist/vocalist Davy von Bohlen moves beyond his emo-pop tag into a fruit-filled indie-pop oblivion—his songwriting has never been so realized on tracks like opener “Calm,” single “Tearing Up the Oxygen” and closer “Protein and Poison.” He sounds older, a little more confident—his voice is certainly recognizable with its breathy, hoarse warmth—and it wildly benefits the record. Opening is Chicago’s Bound Stems, whose “Appreciation Night” is probably the finest local release of the year, on Flameshovel. An endless ode to Chicago, this monster of a record will stay in your head forever. Live, the band’s even more magnetic, sounding rougher around the edges, a brick wall of intricately structured musicianship. (Tom Lynch)
October 19 at Subterranean.