Born, bred and molded in the Las Vegas desert, Rusty Maples are stage-stomping & heartbreak howling their way through 2015.
What started in 2012 with brothers Ian (lead guitar) and Blair Dewane (lead vocals/guitar) soon pulled aboard Vegas-native songwriter Mike Weller on bass and Vegas local percussionist Mike McGuiness to create The New Sound, proper noun: colossal rhythms, gut-punch lyrical falsetto, and ocean-deep guitars.
On their highlight reel you’ll find rambunctious performances at the Vegas-hosted Life Is Beautiful Festival, Virginia’s Floyd Fest, Boise’s Treefort Music Festival, Arizona’s Viva Phoenix, official showcases at Austin’s SXSW, a live set on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, and support roles for Noel Gallagher, “Sugar Man” Rodriguez, Built to Spill, Bleachers, Deerhunter, The Ataris and Chuck Ragan — and now they can be heard on ABC’s Nashville and Showtime’s Shameless.
They’ve been called “Best Live Band of 2013” by Las Vegas Weekly, “2014’s Best Indie Rock Band” and 2015’s “Best Local Band that Might Actually Make It” by Desert Companion, and anything from surf rock to rowdy Americana pop. But at Rusty Maples’ incendiary core is a sound patently theirs — and damn it, it’ll make you dance.