We always know we invited a great band to come to Ardent to visit when the control room is full while we’re recording the show. Maps & Atlases illustrated this perfectly as Studio Manager Jody Stephens and Booking Manager Dan Russo dropped by to hang out this afternoon along with several other studio employees. This band definitely did not disappoint, playing three stripped down songs for us including a brand new song off their upcoming release on Barsuk, Beware and Be Grateful.
Maps & Atlases are in town to play the Fareveller Music Festival which kicks off tonight at Young Avenue Deli. Ume will open for them tonight at 10 and then the festival will continue through Saturday at three venues with over 20 acts.
So take a listen to the show – we discuss their recording process, how the name for the new album was conceived, their plans for the summer and who they’re looking forward to catching on tour. Then we’ll see you TONIGHT!
Maps & Atlases’ unique style melds the technicality of progressive music and the idiosyncrasies of art rock into a fascinating and oddly accessible sound all their own. They are known for their virtuosic musical ability, writing pop songs with a magnificent aptitude for texture and a distinctive blend of both the intricate and organic. The band has released two official EPs, one full length LP and played several festivals including SXSW and CMJ, as well as national tours with RX Bandits, These Arms Are Snakes, mewithoutYou, Foals, So Many Dynamos, Ra Ra Riot, Minus the Bear, Princeton, The Fall of Troy, Nurses, Pattern Is Movement, Good Old War, Portugal. The Man, Tera Melos, and more. Their new album Beware and Be Grateful will be released by Barsuk Records on April 18, 2012.