This is a fine second record from Maps & Atlases, following on from ‘Perch Patchwork’ in 2010. Hometown Chicago was left behind for the wide open spaces of Nebraska to record ‘Beware & Be Grateful’ and a gem has been plucked from the Omaha air. 

 

Touchstone comparisons for this band include fellow Chicagoans, Wilco, some Vampire Weekend  ‘maths’ guitar, Fleet Foxes harmonies and Tape n’ Tapes indie bounce but, all these are  passing  glances really as the band have their  own niche, with this mix of sound and the distinctive vocals of  David Davison.

 

They come across as a hard working group of fine musicians continually looking for the next rhythm. ‘Beware & Be Grateful’ has ten songs and is a real ‘grower’ of an album. After the second and third listens, I found myself reaching for the record with a big smile on my face. It’s varied in styles and sound and rhythmically packed all the way. A great leap forward, this band could get really quite big, quite soon!

 

Maps & Atlases are Erin Elders (guitar), Shiraz Dada (bass), Chris Hainey (drums), and Dave Davison (guitar/vocals)

 

Peter

10/11

 

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Songs:

Old & Gray  

Fever  

Winter  

Remote & Dark Years  

Silver Self  

Vampires  

Be Three Years Old  

Bugs  

Old Ash  

Important

 

Pete

10/11 

 

Beware & Be Grateful is released on 17 April 2012 via fatcat records  

 

RCUK Interview 

 

April UK Tour
16 – Cooler,
Bristol
17 – The Garage,
London
18 – Night And Day,
Manchester
19 – Nice ‘n Sleazy, Glasgow
20 – Brudenell Social Club,
Leeds

 

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