Q&A: Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases on Kate Bush, Books on Tape, and Hot Mama's Pizza"/>
Gearing up for the release of their debut full-length, Perch Patchwork, next month, the Chicago experimental/prog/math/pop band Maps & Atlases are currently on tour in support of Frightened Rabbit. The show hits Neumos this Sunday night, and a couple days ago I was able to catch up with lead singer Dave Davison in Minnesota, where the band had been wandering the Mall of America for three hours - and recovering from a crazy morning:
Scot Stewart Maps & Atlases play Neumos this Sunday.
DD: This morning at our hotel there was some kind of shootout. Shiraz [Dada, the band's bassist] was having some kind of nightmare, and he woke up at like 8:00 and walked outside, and there were SWAT teams outside of our door. And they were like, "everybody stay in your rooms!" We definitely heard some kind of shots, and we know there was a hostage situation down the hall from us. It was insane. We finally heard they apprehended the guy and that everybody was ok. I hope that was the case.
Are you going to write a song about it?
Yeah, I probably will.
What have you been listening to on the road?
I really like that Yeasayer album, as far as relatively new stuff. And our friends who we've toured with a couple times, Foals, their new record I really like too. We toured in the fall with Ra Ra Riot, and they cover a Kate Bush song... Her stuff is amazing. I've just been listening to her during this tour. I'm really into that Hounds of Love album. And also Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Erin [Elders], our guitar player, has his greatest hits, so this tour we've just been listening to it all the time.
Yeasayer went pop this year. Is that something you guys have tried to do with your new record?
We want to make songs that change the way people think about music but that are still pop songs that anyone can enjoy. That's really always been our goal.We don't want to make music that's going to be over people's heads. I feel that the EPs were successful doing that in one way, and hopefully this record will be successful in doing that in a different way.
Are you guys reading anything on tour?
That was one of the things we were thinking about buying here at the Mall of America, is some books. Erin is re-reading Harry Potter. We listened to the entire Harry Potter series on audio books over the summer. Another thing I really enjoy about tour is listening to podcasts and audio books. It makes the tour have some element of completion. We're like, "oh if we can get to chapter 5 by the time we get to this place, it'll seem like we actually went somewhere."
What's your favorite part of touring?
For the most part, we're an all vegetarian band, so we really seek out new different places to eat, and that's sort of our way of exploring the neighborhoods.
Have you had good vegetarian food in Seattle?
Last time, we were staying on Capitol Hill, right next to this place called the Globe that used to be there. I guess it shut down. We ate there every single day. We've eaten so much good food there. Oh yeah, there's that one place that has pizza and they're open all night...
Yeah, I think so, it's like down the hill? That one guy is always watching YouTube videos and putting them on the TV. I really love that place.
Maps & Atlases' debut, Perch Patchwork, will be released June 29 on Barsuk Records.