Once again, it’s time for me to put the heavier sounds on the back burner and check out something new. This band won me over just by the cover of their newest album. It’s very intricate, the colors blend to make an orange-red you would see during a sunset, and the way the birds are placed is just cool.
Black Map hails all the way from Northern California and its members are Ben Flanagan, Mark Engles, and Chris Robyn. They have a unique sound to them that just works. That is why their sound is classified as Atmospheric Rock and Roll. Their sound can go from very heavy drum and bass oriented to very melodic and chill. The vocals are to die for. You can hear the emotion in each lyric as if the vocalist (Ben Flanagan) were in front of you, saying, “Let me tell you a quick story about this life we live.”
My favorite song on their newest album, In Droves, would have to be their single “Run, Rabbit Run.” It challenges you to think outside of the box and stop trying to be like everyone else; just stand out and make a name for yourself. Conformity is never for anyone. We are made to be individuals with our own mindsets and ideals. What also makes me like this song is the very fast tempo. You can listen to this song and keep a comfortable nine-minute running pace, without stumbling, while you think about life.
The song “No Color” follows the same premise as “Run, Rabbit Run.” In the press release they describe these songs as: “Lyrical exhortation toward staunch individuality in the face of soul-crushing conformity. These are songs that challenge listeners to focus on what makes them unique as people, to shake off the gloomy dystopian results of mass groupthink, to actualize and harness one’s own humanity.”
Black Map is going to be my band to look out for in 2017. The sound is perfect, while the lyrics take you to another realm and have you thinking hard about the life you’ve chosen to live. You can catch them in a city near you. They will be performing at Chicago Open Air this year, so make sure you check them out.
Watch their video to their single “Run, Rabbit Run” below: