Maritime (band)

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Background information
OriginMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Years active2003–2017 (on hiatus)
MembersDan Didier
Davey von Bohlen
Justin Klug
Dan Hinz
Past membersEric Axelson

Maritime is an American indie pop band formed in 2003 after the breakup of The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan.


The Promise Ring released their fourth studio album Wood/Water in April 2002; by October of that year, the band had broken up.[1][2] After the breakup of their respective bands, Eric Axelson of The Dismemberment Plan and Davey von Bohlen and Dan Didier of the Promise Ring started a band called "In English." The group quickly signed a deal with Anti- and hired J. Robbins to produce their first record. Robbins had previously produced records for both The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan. Sessions for the album were held at Phase in College Park, Maryland, Inner Ear in Arlington, Vermont, and Polish Moon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3] After delivering the record to ANTI-, the company decided it did not want the record. The band changed its name to Maritime and signed with DeSoto Records. The band went on tour and self-released an EP called Adios on their own label, Foreign Leisure. In October 2003, the band supported the Weakerthans on their headlining US tour.[4] On May 31, 2004, the band released its debut studio album, Glass Floor on DeSoto Records.[5][6]

On February 6, 2006, Axelson announced that he would leave the band. He was replaced on bass guitar by Justin Klug. Their second album, We, the Vehicles, was released on April 18, 2006, on Flameshovel Records to wide critical acclaim.

Their third album, Heresy and the Hotel Choir, was released on October 16, 2007, also on Flameshovel Records in the US and was released on Grand Hotel van Cleef in Germany on October 12, 2007, who also released Maritime's other two albums in Europe. "Guns of Navarone" was the first single from the new album.

In late April, 2010, the band announced that they were leaving Flameshovel Records and had signed with Dangerbird Records. Their fourth album Human Hearts was released on April 5, 2011.[7]

On July 16, 2015, the band announced the release of Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones coming on October 16, 2015, on Dangerbird Records. They also launched a new song "Satellite Love" with a music video compiled of live recording footage.[8]


Current members

Former members

  • Eric Axelson – bass guitar (2003 – 2006)



  1. ^ White, Adam (January 14, 2002). "Promise Ring to release Woodwater on April 23". Archived from the original on May 13, 2020. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Daily News". Kludge. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Glass Floor (booklet). Maritime. DeSoto Records. 2004. DESOTO MA44.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ White, Adam (September 26, 2003). "Mico, The Weakerthans & Maritime Touring". Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  5. ^ Paul, Aubin (May 20, 2004). "Jawbox re-releases, other DeSoto Records news". Retrieved October 27, 2021.
  6. ^ "Maritime: Glass Floor". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  7. ^ "Maritime: Human Hearts". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  8. ^ [1] Archived August 13, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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