The Maytags - Des Moines Band brings their Love Lines to the QC

From the Sunday Silos to the Maytags, the music around Dustin Smith continues to evolve. The Maytags’ album Love Lines is a glimpse into that evolution.

In 2012, Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos digitally tracked a 15 track album called Northerner. It took 8 months to put the album together. Then they recorded a Daytrotter session in 2013.

They loved their first experience in the analog recording world. A Daytrotter session is fast and live. Says Smith “You were only there for an hour or so and recorded three or four songs. It was live and still sounded so good!”

About the same time, Smith was listening to Alabama Shakes, and was drawn by the rich, warm textures of the drum sounds on their recordings. He reached out to the analog studio that recorded for Alabama Shakes.

Then there were the usual band issues – Dustin Smith and the Sunday Silos was a large band – with usually 10 or 11 members. It was difficult holding that many together. And… their east coast tour provided proof that the name was too long. Many venues had difficulties getting the name correct.

So a smaller group made up of some members of the Sunday Silos and a couple of others went to Nashville to record an EP. They recorded a six song EP at the studio, loving the sound and the space. It took 2 days – roughly 18 hours – to record six songs in the analog setting.

They were searching for a name for this new project. They knew they wanted something that would work with social media and a web domain too. Their first thought was The Senators… only too many bands were already using that name. Their EP was about to be mastered, and the studio needed a band name to put on it. The name Maydays floated around, and in searching Maydays, Maytags popped up. It worked out, short, sweet, and kind of round… and the domain was available so it seemed fate had tossed them a winner.

The Maytags have just released their first full-length album, Love Lines, recorded at that same Nashville studio, by the engineer who worked with Alabama Shakes. It took roughly 30 hours over 3 days to record to 2 inch tape. They’re in love with that rich, warm sound.

Songwriting for the Maytags generally starts out with Dustin Smith putting together a framework, or structure for the other members to build on. He worked closely with Tim Sanders to do most of the groundwork in the new album. Smith and Sanders established the framework, and then brought it to the other members. Giving the rest of the guys in the band a creative voice is important to Smith. He knows from past experience, playing music more enjoyable when you can be part of the creative process.

What’s in the future for the Maytags? Smith says they plan to play out every weekend they can. Band members still have day jobs to support their music, so many of them need to be home during the week. They’ve been doing well in Iowa, from Des Moines, to Iowa City, to the Quad Cities and all points between, and hope to continue that momentum. They also have some recording time booked at a Minneapolis studio, and are always writing new music.

You can see them Friday night at the River Music Experience when they open for the Purple Rain Prince Tribute produced by All Sweatty Productions. Get your tickets soon, this show will sell out. And make sure to arrive early enough to catch the Maytags in the opening set.