I’d only recently heard of the Chicago based band, Maps & Atlases and that was because entities I follow on Twitter have been tweeting about them often. People said they were definitely one of the bands to see live this summer. My curiosity was piqued but instead of watching a bunch of youTube videos I decided to wait and see them when they came through Sacramento as one of the opening bands for the RX Bandits (another band I was unfamiliar with) farewell tour.
Their sound is melodic and rhythm heavy evoking American Blues, and maybe even some Blue Grass. But guitarist and singer, Dave Davison insists they’re just a radio friendly pop band. Personally I think they outstrip any band on the radio today, most of whom suck.
At any rate, Dave took a few minutes to give me the low down on Maps & Atlases: the why, the how and what’s up with those shorts.
FLABmag: We’re a little late to the party, so if you would, give us a quick debrief on your band: who are you, where’d you come from and where are you going? Starting with your name, please.
Dave Davison: My name is Dave Davison. I’m the singer and guitar player for Maps & Atlases. We started playing together in 2004 when we were at Columbia College in Chicago – it’s an art school. Then after we graduated we decided to keep it going. We released our first EP in 2006 and then went on tour. Actually in 2007 or 2008, I can’t remember which, but that was when we first opened for RX Bandits. So we were really excited to be doing this final tour with them. We also just release our first LP…
(Random guy interrupting): Hey man, sorry to interrupt but you guys did amazing in there. Thank you for that!
Dave: (to random guy) No, thank you! So, a year ago we released our first full-length album and we’ve ben pretty much touring ever since.