MAYA OVER EYES is awakening the hardcore scene with the drop of their monumental EP “Despierta” today via Shark City Recordings. Their unrelentingly aggressive single “Sangrando” set the tone amongst five more tracks on the track list that the band describes as “heavy, fast, and to the point.” The lyrics match the heavy sound, discussing a wide array of topics including spirituality, political corruption, perseverance and sacrifice, and social injustice.
Don’t be fooled by Maya’s thundering sound – underneath their boisterous exterior lies a deep desire to connect with their Latin-X peers through the hardcore community. As the first generation born in the US, the band members want to bring their vision full circle by connecting with our origins and representing diversity through their music. The release paves the way for a new beginning as the band revitalizes their sound and vision post-pandemic: “Maya started writing this new EP as soon as the pandemic hit. I feel like we really embodied all of the emotions in the music & lyrics. Even with 6 songs. I feel it’s a great introduction to those that have never heard of us.”
Maya emerged in the summer of 2004 in San Jose, CA. Their formative years launched them to the same stage as some of the biggest names in hardcore as they prospered into prominent figures in the Bay Area local scene. Their close-to-home fanbase quickly expanded to reach across the world, which led to opportunities to tour across the country and throughout Mexico and Central America alongside heavy hitters including Terror, The Acacia Strain, Emmure, and more. These days, the band is tapping into their heritage to share their stories as first generation Mexican and African American musicians from Northern California. Their musical identity is fueled by DIY ethics, respect for their roots, and the determination to share the music they love with a culture that hasn’t always understood it. Their struggle is their inspiration. After two successful album releases to build their name, the band has found their distinctive voice in the fierce world of hardcore and metal with their new record DESPIERTA (Awakening) due to release July 15, 2021 on Shark City Recordings.