Heresy and the Hotel Choir

It’s easy to see why this Wisconsin-based band is touring with emo luminaries Jimmy Eat World. Maritime is all about the same sort of hook-laden, guitar-fueled rock as their concert headliners—and sometimes they’re even better at it.

Heresy and the Hotel Choir, which will be officially released October 16, is an extension of the band’s successful 2006 effort, We, the Vehicles. On that last full-length, the former members of Dismemberment Plan (bassist Eric Axelson) and Promise Ringers (lead singer Davey von Bohlen and drummer Dan Didier) offered up smartly composed melodic tracks that sounded like Death Cab For Cutie-light (“Parade of Punk Rock T-Shirts” was the highlight). With Heresy, it’s a different mix of talent (rumors of a breakup resulted in Justin Klug replacing Axelson and guitarist Dan Hintz joining full-time) but the same smart-pop result.

The opening “Guns of Navarone” is instantly infectious, featuring a nice half-time bridge and a neat lyrical intro with von Bohlen insisting, “You’re gonna have to lie to me.” The standout track, however, is “For Science Fiction,” built around a crunchy guitar riff and a more self-assured edge than the rest of the album. It’s good enough to hope Maritime sticks together for the long haul. (Skylar Browning)

Maritime opens for Jimmy Eat World at the Wilma Theatre Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8 PM. $21.
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