Chris Davids and Liam Ivory of Maribou State were just two young lads when they got their first taste of being musicians. Playing in local rock acts in their native home of Hertfordshire, England, the two had not really known of each other until they eventually wound up in the same band, marking the beginnings of their musical collaboration. Using keyboards and drum machines, while still maintaining the guitar’s rock factor, the duo experimented with different instruments and effects which often created a sort of electronic and rock hybrid genre. Through various tweaks and polishing of organic and synthetic instrumentation, the two finally found a sound that matched what they sought after in the beginning.

Davids and Ivory made their debut as the newly formed Maribou State in 2011, with the release of their five-track EP titled Habitat through Fat! Cat Records. Fast forward four year later, the British DJs released their first LP Portraits on Counter Records. Employing their signature laptop and instrumental style, the album brought forth such tracks like “Home” and “Rituals”, two songs that exemplify the progressive style Maribou State brings to the music scene. The album also contains guest vocals from British artists such as Jono McCleery on “Say More”, and Holly Walker on “Steal”.

Maribou State has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe performing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Warehouse Project, and Bestival, and are now just heading to the States to share their talents. The Brits will be making a stop at the Independent on Saturday December 12, and the Bay Bridged has a chance for one lucky reader to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter for a chance to win tickets to see Maribou State at the Independent, email with “Maribou State” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Maribou State (DJ Set), NYM, Spaceghost
The Independent
December 12, 2015
$15 (21+)