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Chicago, Illinois, United States (2004 – present)

Maps & Atlases is an band which formed in Chicago, Illinois, United States in 2004. The band consists of Dave Davison (vocals, guitar), Erin Elders (guitar), Shiraz Dada (bass) and Chris Hainley (drums). The band released their long-awaited first full-length album, Perch Patchwork, on June 29, 2010. The record was produced by Jason Cupp (The Elected, Nurses, Cast Spells). The band’s unique style melds the technicality of progressive music and the idiosyncrasies of art rock into a fascinating and oddly accessible sound all their own. Known for their virtuosic musical ability, Maps & Atlases write pop songs with a magnificent aptitude for texture and a distinctive blend of both the intricate and organic.

“It was great to be able to step outside of our live setting and imagine the songs in a different way,” said guitarist Erin Elders about the recording process for Perch Patchwork. “Jason Cupp brought another dimension to the songs that was really exciting to hear. We were able to deconstruct them part by part and then rebuild each verse or chorus with a different sonic idea.”

Continues singer/guitarist David Davison, “We went into the record with the understanding that the creation of the album would be separate from its existence as a live piece of music, which was really liberating.”


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  • jtworsley

    Never heard of them until I saw them with Finch, absolutely love the guitars

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ticklishgio

    i only digged bird barnyard and especially trees, swallows, houses. the rest was a huge bummer the math rock slowly faded away within each release. does anyone have the seattle demos and that first split they made. i couldnt find those 2. files been deleted.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • adeebsworld

    If you want to hear material similar to Maps' old you should check out a band called legs like tree trunks.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • wooomb

    I just wish there was more You And Me And The Mountain [2]

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Skooge

    I definitely appreciate bands that evolve over time, but I wish Maps & Atlases would do it a little slower maybe. Basically, I just wish there was more You And Me And The Mountain.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • theeferick

    They did a Tears For Fears cover too! :D

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • theeferick

    Super clean and tight live. Watch them if you get the chance. Cool dudes too. Here is their full set in Riverside, CA.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • indy02

    Criminally underrated in this guy's opinion

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    This band absolutely blew me away live. I dont really understand how one can finger tap such complex guitar lines and sing at the same time... pretty amazizng..

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • detektorfm

    live-session & interview with Maps & Atlases:

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • vals81

    Here pics and impressions of the Berlin concert:

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Basedgod300

    i think they missed the 5th member (Dave's beard)

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • brittnik

    what a hairy and good band!

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • GenericMagnetic

    albums are so much better than the EPs

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    @cardiacrepair This sounds awesome, thanks!

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Mebusch

    Got to see them live on Friday. It was fantastic. He says thank you after each song lol.

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mashman1

    Beware and Be Grateful is my favorite of their records, but they are all incredibly good.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Punk-Fiction

    Beware and Be Grateful is really good but problem is that the rest of the discography is no worse than great.

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheApollo

    thank you inuzini..

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Inuzini

    rhythm section is definitely still mathy, those who can't hear it must believe double tapped arpeggios are the end all be all of math-rock (though they still occasionally make an appearance). the early sound featured on the bird barnyard ep and tree, swallows, houses was already way toned down by the time they released you & me & the mountain. i'm pretty sure that earlier sound would be pretty tired 5 releases later if they'd stuck to it.

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
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