Years ago, two friends set out on tour and almost never returned. It’s a tale that has become legend in Melbourne’s DIY punk scene and, now, Luke Seymoup has immortalised it in song as Maple Road.
In 2015, Luke Seymoup and Joe Guiton knew each other, but not well enough. They were new friends and both folk-punk musicians. The two Melbourne-natives barely survived a late night in Sydney on their joint tour before setting out early the next morning on what should have been a 9-hour journey. After a series of poor directions and wrong turns, the two found themselves stranded in the unknown wilds of rural Victoria. As the sun set, and not knowing whether they could truly trust each other, the pair spoke words that now belong to the ages:
Luke: “Shit, I don’t know where we are.”
Joe: “This is how horror movies start.”
Maple Road is the seventh single in 2021 for Melbourne’s busiest man in punk, Luke Seymoup. This fast-paced punk yarn evokes bands such as Against Me! and The Lawrence Arms, combined with the lyrical wit of artists such as Ben Folds Five and They Might Be Giants. It was recorded by Luke in his home studio before being mixed and mastered by Daniel Antix at Def Wolf Studios (Amends, The Whitlams, Genesis Owusu).