Maps Of Colombus originally came together in July 2008 under the moniker The Last Great American Whale. This short lived, punk outfit lasted little more than a year and all that remains is a few self produced demo’s. Not ones to rest on their laurels the boys dusted themselves off and got to work on new material and a new direction and Maps Of Columbus was born.
Maps Of Columbus is the collaborative identity of Rob Bramhill (Vocals/Guitar), Craig Parkinson (Bass/Vocals) and Jonathan Mottram (Drums) in the tradition of their punk fore bears the band write their songs between the garage and the bedroom.
Jamming songs into shape from Rob and Craig’s initial ideas, Jonathan then puts his stamp on things, quite literally, in the shape of big, tight, thunderous beats that augment the catchy yet aggressive pop that so symbolizes the bands sound. Vocals are finished off in the safety of Craig’s bedroom where everyone contributes to the melodies and lyrics, which surely contributes to Maps Of Columbus’ eclectic and at times bizarre lyrical approach.
In their short life span the band have played with the likes of New Young Pony Club and The Crookes, appeared at Sheffield’s ultra cool Tramlines Festival and have even played in Uppsala in Sweden. The band have also taken in a tour of the UK that covered ground between Andover and the Steel City.
Maps Of Columbus have spent the first half of the year releasing a free download a month in the build up to releasing an EP and their debut 7” for Too Pure.
Maps Of Columbus are planning on hitting the road again this summer to bring their brand of noisy pop to as many unsuspecting ears as possible - keep an eye out for upcoming tour dates
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