A four piece rock band from Barrie, Ontario, Maps delivers influences from Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. The result is captivating, sentimental music combined with authentic, meaningful song writing.
|Vanessa Gallant Here Magazine (Moncton, New Brunswick)|
This band’s collective appreciation of music since their childhood has been the driving force behind the influential progressive sound they have been producing for the past 5 years.
Their guitar leads soar and weave; the bass and the drums pound with danceable, yet intricate force, and two voices deliver deep words through a memorable melody. In the spring of 2012 they released their Subrosa EP, which they recognized as finally capturing the band’s sound and intensity. Unfortunately, during this ascent of creative energy and momentum towards establishment and success, their drummer quit.
With a subsequent lull in writing and appearances, the three remaining members were unsure of the band’s future. In the Fall of 2012 before things slowed down too much however, the bassist’s brother stepped in to fill the band’s percussion void. With a childhood of basement jamming behind the two, Maps’ rhythm section took on a new feel of chemistry and groove.
‘Emphatic Expressions’ was released as the first single off of their latest album, ‘Believe Me When I Say’, produced and recorded by Shane Heath, owner of One Star Studios in Barrie, Ontario. This album also saw guitarist Matthew Reichenbacher of the band take on a role in production. After finalizing parts of ‘Believe Me’ in a church, Noah Mintz (Broken Social Scene, Death From Above 1979, Arkells) perfected the finishing masters at his Laquer Channel studio in Toronto, Ontario.
Now with two Eastern Canada tours under their belt and a recently released LP on the shelves, the band is committed more than ever to have their masterpieces created in a quiet suburban basement heard on the world stage.
Explosive guitar leads, memorable lyrics, and a delightfully warm atmosphere is what you get song after song from this band they call Maps. Be prepared to get transported.