The Maldives (band)

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Not to be confused with the island nation Republic of Maldives.
The Maldives
Image of The Maldives
The Maldives performing at Ballard Seafood Fest.
Background information
Origin Seattle, WA
 United States
Genres Alt-country, rock, country
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels unsigned
Members Jason Dodson
Kevin Barrans
Tim Gadbois
Chris Warner
Jesse Bonn
Adam Bily
Faustine Hudson
Past members Ryan McMackin
Chris Zache (The Head and the Heart)
Tomo Nakayama (Grand Hallway)
Seth Warren (Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, Sons of Warren Oates)

The Maldives are an alt-country band from Seattle, Washington known for sold-out live performances described by KEXP-FM as "transcendent".[1] They have released three full-length albums and one EP. Their 2009 album Listen To The Thunder was rated the second best "Northwest Album" of 2009 by Sound on the Sound.[2] Seattle radio station 90.3 KEXP described their most recent album, Muscle for the Wing, as having "a grittier, more guitar-oriented roots-rock sound."[3] The Maldives regularly play in Seattle and throughout the West Coast and have performed at the Sasquatch!, Bumbershoot, South by Southwest, Capitol Hill Block Party, Treefort, and Doe Bay music festivals.

The Maldives provided live orchestration for the 1925 silent movie Riders of the Purple Sage as part of the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival[4] and again for the 2013 festival, scoring the silent film "The Wind".[5] They are based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle[4] and were filmed playing there as part of MTV's online series, $5 Cover: Seattle.[6]

In addition to traditional rock instrumentation, the members of the band play banjo and accordion.[7] Once described as "the best unsigned band in Seattle",[8] The Maldives have released albums on Spark & Shine Records and Mt. Fuji Records.


  • The Maldives (2006)
  • Tequila / Someday (2009)
  • Listen To The Thunder (2009)
  • Muscle For The Wing (Oct 2012)


  1. ^ "KEXP Album Review: Maldives: Listen to the Thunder". Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Sound On The Sound's Top 25 Northwest Albums Of 2009". Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  3. ^ Yates, Don. "The Maldives: Muscle For The Wing". KEXP 90.3 FM. KEXP. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Zwickel, Jonathan (2010-05-24). "Seattle Times: Seattle band the Maldives accompanies screening of silent Western at SIFF". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  6. ^ "$5 Cover | Seattle |". Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  7. ^ Zwickel, Jonathan (2008-06-13). "The Maldives: How country rock looks and sounds in Seattle right now". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  8. ^ "Bumbershoot Day 3: Twang is the Thang -". Retrieved 2010-07-05. 

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