Back in the day, before I first heard Maps and Atlases, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the experimental and folk influenced band that is opening for RX Bandits on June 28th.
For some unknown reason the very term “math rock”, used to describe the Chicago based quartet’s prominent drums, and technical guitar style originally evoked images of Kraftwerk in my mind. However, my initial visions of synthetic styling do not describe math rock or Maps and Atlases at all. Their signature sound is actually the polar opposite. The band’s latest work and premier album, Perch Patchwork, is often compared to the works of Six Organs of Admittance and Don Caballero. The album as a whole even possesses a distinctly organic appeal. Some tracks take on a bubbling, acoustic-type vibe and a Caribbean flair most notably heard in “Pigeon”, that is sure to get the crowds dancing (or giving an affirmative, rhythmic nod at the very least).
Before you come to the show on Tuesday, enjoy this live video of “Pigeon” that was recorded during a previous Maps and Atlases visit to the Granada.