This could be the last hurrah, friends. Our incredible drummer and friend Jac Hicks is going to head overseas in August, so the days are numbered for the Mr. Maps lineup as we know it. We do have hopes and plans to keep Mr. Maps rolling in some form, but we hope you’ll come and join us for the next few shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne (see dates below), as it looks like the Mr. Maps live show will soon become a rarity.
But its not all bad news, because we have new things to show you!
You may know our good friends Hunz. Headed by Brisbane super-guru of everything, Hans van Vliet, Hunz has been playing a polished and emotive brand of live electronic rock since 2006. This year we’ve had the honour of teaming up with Hunz on a new release, and it’s on its way very soon.
The Hunz / Mr. Maps Split 7” will be two awesome singles on a collectable clear vinyl 7”, with artwork by Hunz and a bunch of digital bonus tracks in tow.
On one side you’ll find our track "Those Boards Don’t Work on Water". It’s abstract and lush, with sharp moments of punkness poking through a psychedelic wash.
The track emerged atop some killer keys riffs that Mitch brought into rehearsal one night, that ended in a memorable moment of pens, paper, and calculators to figure out the maths of just how we were going to play this thing. It came together in a more collaborative way than most of our previous stuff, which is perhaps what makes it unique.
We recorded it “live” at The Docking Station Studios with Steve Bartlett, and Andrew did most of the mixing with input from Briony and the rest of us.
On the flipside is Hunz’ rollicking Owl Highway, which was originally composed for the Penny Time Soundtrack, but as with everything Hunz does, relentless perfectionism ensured its status as a killer track in its own right.
So to show this thing off, we are heading down the east coast in July and August, on what we are calling the “Boards Tour” (“Mr. Maps’ These Boards Don’t Work On Water Split 7” With Hunz Tour” just doesn’t roll off the tongue in the same way).
It will most likely be your last chance to see Jac in full swing - so please come along.
And now… dates!
Sydney: Thursday July 5 @ FBi Social, w/Collarbones (fb) Friday July 6 @ Sabotage Club Night (fb)
Brisbane Friday July 20 @ Judith Wright Centre, w/Hunz Saturday August 11 @ Tym’s Guitar’s (in-store - all-ages)
Melbourne Thursday August 2 @ T.B.C. Friday August 3 @ Gasometer w/Hazards of Swimming Naked (fb)
We’ve been working pretty hard to pull some new material together and we’re planning to announce an exciting new release very soon!
In the meantime though, we wanted to give you all a chance to catch up on our back catalogue, perhaps even share it with your friends, enemies and in-laws. So we are making it all free. Yes, free to download in mp3 format.
If that’s not quite enough love, we are also offering free shipping on all orders through our bandcamp or the lofly store for the whole month of March. Even international. So if you’ve been tossing up the idea of snaffling one of those limited edition Wire Empire LPs, it’s pretty much your lucky day.
Generous, eh? If you’re in Queensland you can thank us in person this weekend as we support sleepmakeswaves at Miami Shark Bar (Gold Coast) on Friday, and at the Jubilee (Brisbane) on Saturday. More about that here.
Here it is. Wire Empire on white vinyl and an accompanying CD of remixes. The first batch have already been shipped to our pozible supporters, so if you are one of the many wonderful friends who pledged to help make this happen, your goodies are on the way. Thank you!
For everyone else, the rest of the super limited run is available to order via the Mr. Maps Bandcamp page. Don’t miss out!
In other news, in the obligatory flourish of end of year lists and rankings, Wire Empire has wound up at #40 on the Mess and Noise critics’ poll, Tennis Party has ranked #24 on 4zzz’s hot 100 tracks of the year, and various other Mr. Maps bits are scattered through the various staff lists of Rave & Time Off Magazine. So a big thank you is owed to those journos and critics who’ve had our back over the years!
Regardless of your belief of the importance of December 25th, we hope you had a mighty fine day, and may this mark the beginning of an exceptionally good year.
2011 has been like that reckless friend who you’re excited to invite to your house, but then they just end up trashing the place before they leave. There have been plenty of disasters (both natural and musical), lots of political shake-ups, and we don’t even know if Einstein was right anymore! It’s an unsteady time.
For Mr. Maps it’s been an album release, a tour, a show on a tennis court (see the video!), an ambitious tangle of sound-triggered lights at Brisbane Festival, and our first vinyl pressing, funded by you guys (thanks!).
It’s just about time to give 2011 a cup of tea and call it a cab, but we have one final show to play, and we’re very excited about it!
lofly Showcase - Thursday November 3
That’s this thursday!
We will be launching our Wire Empire vinyl + remix CD package, and our good friends Re:Enactment will be launching their massive new single "Higher Duties". Also on the bill are Nova Scotia, who may not be playing another show for quite some time, aheadphonehome who are gathering momentum with their recent single release Hunters Compete, and all this will be interspersed with hypnotic post-electronica from Restream.
It’s gonna be pretty excellent, and we’re very much looking forward to smashing out one last set for the year, and sharing the stage with some of our favourite Brisbane artists. Please join us!
If you got the the $30 or $60 rewards on our pozible campaign, your name will be on the door for this show! However, if you can’t make it let us know and we can find you an alternative freebie.
LP & Remix CD - Mail Order available
If you missed out on the goodies offered for pledging on our pozible campaign, you can still secure your copy of the LP & remix CD here.
That’s all from us for this year, thanks for all your help and support in 2011. Hope to see you on Thursday, or sometime in 2012!