5/10/2018

Maps & Atlases Share New Single "Ringing Bell," New Album "Lightlessness Is Nothing New" Out June 1

MAPS & ATLASES SHARE NEW SINGLE "RINGING BELL"

NEW ALBUM LIGHTLESSNESS IS NOTHING NEW
OUT JUNE 1 ON BARSUK RECORDS

U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF THIS MONTH

Photo credit: Christopher Hainey

Chicago's Maps & Atlases are ending their six-year hiatus, returning with their third full-length Lightlessness Is Nothing New on June 1 on Barsuk Records, and today the band shared a new single, "Ringing Bell." Brooklyn Vegan premiered the track -- via a lyric video created by the band's drummer Christopher Hainey -- today, saying, "'Ringing Bell' still sounds like classic Maps & Atlases but also sees them going in a more danceable pop direction with more electronics in the mix."


"I wrote a few lines of 'Ringing Bell' the day that my dad passed away. I wanted to express the strangeness of witnessing such a surreal transformation undertaken by someone so close to me, but I didn't try to finish the song in that state, as I knew I didn't yet have any perspective on the loss.
That lack of perspective itself became a theme in the song. After he passed, I felt the need to put some shoes on my dad, despite the protest of the people picking him up that he wouldn't need them. I describe this moment in the song, as it reflects both a general and specific disorientation of loss, with the line, 'I thought you still might need my shoes / somehow I'd like to still believe / that they might be of some use.'" - Dave Davison

Lightlessness Is Nothing New, which also features the previously released single "Fall Apart," is available for pre-order now

Maps & Atlases will tour the U.S. in support of the new album this May and June:

5/29: 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
6/01: Upstream Music Festival - Seattle, WA
6/02: Volume Music Festival - Spokane, WA
6/03: Holocene - Portland, OR
6/06: Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
6/07: Lodge Room - Los Angeles, CA
6/08: Casbah - San Diego, CA*
6/09: Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ*
6/10: Sister Bar - Albuquerque, NM*
6/12: Club Dada - Dallas, TX*
6/13: Scoot Inn - Austin, TX*
6/14: White Oak Upstairs - Houston, TX*
6/15: Parish @ House of Blues - New Orleans, LA*
6/16: Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA*
6/17: Cat's Cradle - Back Room - Carrboro, NC*
6/19: Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC*
6/20: Music Hall of Williamsburg - New York, NY
6/21: Sonia - Boston, MA*
6/22: Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA*
6/23: Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA*
6/24: Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH*
6/26: Rumba - Columbus, OH*
6/27: El Club - Detroit, MI*
6/28: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL*
6/30: Fountain Square Music Series - Cincinnati, OH
* w/ Prism Tats

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