Maps & Atlases has always been a hard band to pin down.
Sometimes dabbling in folk, other times in rock, the Chicago quartet's songs have gotten better and better. They'll bring those songs to The Waiting Room Lounge Monday.
The band's new album on Barsuk Records, “Beware and Be Grateful,” has been well-received by fans and critics.
“A seamless, sleepless avant-indie night of math terror, slinky syncopation and pop epiphanies,” said Spin.com's Twitter-length review.
The lead single, “Winter,” features tight melodies that add a pop sensibility to what would otherwise be a simple rock song. Frontman Dave Davison told Rolling Stone the song is about the season.
“The initial inspiration to write the song ‘Winter' came on a freezing cold evening during the Chicago winter,” he said. “The song contrasts memory and the perspective of winter as a season of possibility and creativity with the bleak, stillness of winter nights in the Midwest.”
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