A Bit Further Afield: Lines Across Maps

Posted on February 10, 2011


The subheading on the blog is ‘Music from Scotland and a bit further afield’, but I realised I have only been concentrating on music from the motherland.

While the site will always be mainly based on Scottish music I thought it was time to share some of the tunes from elsewhere that are grabbing my attention, and to start with I decided not to venture too far…

Lines Across Maps frenetic brand of math rock ticks all the right sort of boxes for me. There is a lot going on in each track, with a myriad of tempo changes and guitar postures that keep things constantly evolving. It never loses direction though, and feels akin to an impressionist painting where all the small parts make sense when the whole piece is presented and they can be taken in together.

The vocals are delivered in a Lincolnshire accent, and while it is often hard to feel an affinity to an accent other than your own, it really works for me due to the punchy delivery and knack for catchy little lines that stick in your head.

Lines Across Maps are an extremely young outfit, so the potential levels are high; they have already been on BBC Introducing, can count This Town Needs Guns as fans, and have released their debut EP, which is a FREE download on Bandcamp.