Maps And Atlases – Tickets – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO – September 25th, 2012

Maps And Atlases

Electric City Presents

Maps And Atlases

White Arrows, Not A Planet

Tue, September 25, 2012

8:00 pm

The Riot Room

Kansas City, MO

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Maps And Atlases
Maps And Atlases
Abraham Lincoln once said, "I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back." The same holds true for fellow sons of the Prairie State, Maps & Atlases, who, despite a flurry of activity since their inception in 2006 are only now releasing their full-length debut. But it's been worth the wait: Not only is Perch Patchwork the Chicago quartet's first long player, it's also their first masterpiece —a beautiful suite of songs that should rightly place the band in indie rock's upper echelon. Where the band's previous EPs (2006's Tree, Swallows, Houses and 2008's You and Me and the Mountain) employed an arid, live sound, Perch Patchwork is a decidedly more humid affair. Though You and Me and The Mountain incorporated more acoustic instruments into the mix, Perch Patchwork finds Maps & Atlases filling their newfound space with strings, horns, assorted percussion, and a variety of toy instruments. From the opening trifecta of "Will", "The Charm" and "Living Decorations" to the almost Soweto feel of "Pigeon," and the gorgeous, swelling arrangement of the title track, Maps & Atlases have jettisoned much of the tautness of their previous work in order to let their songs breathe more deeply. This new atmosphere was due in no small part to the band's decision to bring in producer Jason Cupp, whose credits include The Elected, Nurses and Cast Spells. With Cupp's help Maps & Atlases began to deconstruct and rebuild its songs— in some cases changing the original arrangements completely. Cupp also wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. For example, Cupp lightly punched singer / guitarist Dave Davison in the back while he was singing "The Charm" in order to achieve a more rhythmic vocal effect. "Jason is such a pro," enthuses Davison. "We recorded the previous EPs so fast and so… live compared to this record. I definitely learned a lot. It's really interesting to have different sounds on different parts of the song. It's not just like 'Okay. This is the drum sound. Sounds cool. This is the sound of the whole record.'" In this case, the drums were recorded in the B-room at Steve Albini's studio, Electrical Audio, in Chicago. The rest of Perch Patchwork was tracked both in the band's practice space and at Davison's parents' basement in Indiana. In fact, due to its comfort factor, Maps & Atlases do a lot of recording in that basement. Says Davison, "I like to take breaks. I'm gonna drink coffee and eat and go for a walk. There are no real distractions. It's just all part of hanging out and making a record." That and they get a great vocal sound in the bathroom.
White Arrows
White Arrows
White Arrows may never divulge the source of their strange magic, but it's hard not to picture a mystic dance floor hidden in the midst of a tropical rainforest. The Los Angeles band stands at these balmy crossroads like a vision from an alternate reality: classic without leaning on nostalgia, visionary but not unfamiliar. What should be a collision of sounds and styles—ritualistic rhythm and four-four thump, synth sequences and strummed guitars, garage-y grind and airy atmosphere—is, in this quintet's capable hands, a fluidly seething whole. Call it Psychotropical pop, something both busy and breezy Call it Paul Simon in space (others have). Call it what you will. This is White Arrows.

The White Arrows story begins with a blind boy. Singer Mickey Church was born seeing the world as an impressionistic smear. His vision was righted at age 11, but his imagination ran wild for the intervening years. Since he couldn't make out those around him, he assumed they couldn't see him either. He rode made-up horses and sung songs that didn't exist. His memory of growing up in L.A. is confined to smells, sounds and swaths of fuzzy color. Mickey's father, a student of African percussion, encouraged him and his little brother Henry to pick up instruments as kids, so they played what was around. With family back east, Mickey eventually left for NYU, and unexpectedly wound up with a degree in shamanistic ritual.

Mickey's studies led him to examine the thin line that separates genius from insanity in art, and inspired him to create music that blurred familiar borders. In a Bowery basement, he made what would become the White Arrows EP—demos that took on new life once he returned home. Soon, Henry picked up the sticks. Their old friend J.P. Caballero joined on guitar, with Andrew Naeve on keys and beats, and Steven Vernet on bass. The five bonded over a shared love for sensory overload both aural and visual—essential to the White Arrows live show. And with only a 7-inch to sell, they toured with Cults, Those Darlins, and the Naked and Famous, played Sasquatch, opened for Weezer, and held residencies at home and in London.

Late last year, however, the guys decided it was time to slow down. They've since been holed up in L.A.'s canyon country recording the songs that will make up their debut LP. Inspired by RAC's propulsive dance mix of their angular banger, "Coming Or Going," they challenged the Portland remix geniuses to produce the entire White Arrows album due out this summer. RAC agreed, and the first fruits of their labors come via an April digital EP led by "Get Gone," the kaleidoscopic single that pits Mickey's transcendent croon against a bursting blend of elements both organic and electronic. When all's said and done, you'll be as likely to find White Arrows playing Coachella as Electric Daisy Carnival. In either case, expect to sweat.
Not A Planet
Not A Planet
“...Step into the cage, the spectacle, the few, the proud, the strange...” writes Nathan Corsi, the guitarist, singer, and wordsmith of Not A Planet. Corsi’s carefully crafted and emotionally charged lyrics sync perfectly with the swirling harmonies sung by Liam Sumnicht (drums) and Bill Sturges (bass). The songs unabashedly culminate in a blend of 60’s pop, east coast indie and the blues of the north.
An Akron, Ohio native, Corsi’s musical tastes and influences grew in the same fertile soil that reaped rock and roll innovators like the James Gang, Devo, the Pretenders and the Black Keys. Moving to Kansas City, by way of New York, Corsi met local music-enthusiast poster child and 96.5 the Buzz radio personality, Liam Sumnicht in 2010. With their powers combined, they immediately booked their first tour while Sumnicht simultaneously navigated Corsi throughout the KC music scene.
Extensive touring to the east coast and back in the belly of their (t)rusty van, “Trudy”, Corsi and Sumnicht were accompanied by various and sundry bass players while their bond as bandmates and fellow artists grew stronger. Ripe and ready for a permanent solution, in the winter of 2012, they welcomed a bundle of joy, William “Pretty-Boy” Sturges, with open arms. William’s unmatched joie de vivre made him a natural fit for NAP. A skillful stylist, Sturges’ bass became the glue that bound Not A Planet’s signature sound. Their first release, the NAP Sack EP, was seven tracks gleaned from a scrapped full-length recording. Latecomer, Sturges’ bass tracks were overdubbed, and the songs remixed by Producer Michael Stout of the Beautiful Bodies.
The joy of connection and creating original, honest art compels the trio to bring a dreamscape collaborative to their audience. Once again working alongside Stout, the Not a Planet debut LP, “The Few, The Proud, The Strange” explores life, love, grief and the powerful visions of our collective nocturnal dream world.
Pleased as punch to have been in the top five nominated for “best indie rock song in 2012” by the Independent Music Awards for their song, Turn Me On (NAP Sack EP), Not A Planet has shared the stage with amazing bands like ZZ Ward, Seawolf, Free Energy, Grizzly Bear, Joy Formidable, Maps and Atlases, Bright Light Social Hour, Ha Ha Tonka, The Dirty Heads, Flogging Molly and Antennas Up.
GENRE: Indie Rock
MEMBERS: Nathan Corsi, Guitar/Vocals
Liam Sumnicht, Drums/Harmony Vocals
William Sturges/Bass Guitar/Harmony Vocals
Venue Information:
The Riot Room
4048 Broadway
Kansas City, MO, 64111
http://www.theriotroom.com/
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