Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Maps & Atlases, Drink Up Buttercup, and the Globes

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is probably the best place in the world for music right now. The Phillie indie scene has produced bands such as Liam and Me, Jukebox the Ghost, and fellow Yep Roc artist Drink Up Buttercup.

Drink Up Buttercup was the surprise of the night last Monday, when they opened for Maps and Atlases at the Firebird in Saint Louis. Their music has a folk base but is loud and completely impossible not to dance to. The music is original and unpredictable as beats, harmonies, and vocals will change entirely in the course of just one song. Their debut album, ‘Born and Thrown on a Hook’ which is out now, is well produced, is joyful fuzzy pop that’s fun to listen to.

Opening the night was Seattle indie band, The Globes, and just like the town they are from, their music is dark, moody, but still full of life. The lead singer’s voice is soulful and the band boasts heavy, but mellow guitar rifts, the kind of music that takes a lot of talent to keep it engaging. The Globes accomplish this task without forfeiting the quality of their sound.

Headlining the night was Maps and Atlases, the Chicago based band embarking on their CD release tour for ‘Perch Patchwork’. Maps and Atlases are ‘folk pop’ and they aren’t afraid to use their drummer. In fact, drummer Chris Hainley was the most notable musician of the night, adding to Maps and Atlases unique heavy sound.

Key Tracks: ‘Daytrotter Session’ by Drink Up Buttercup
Free Download can be found on their MySpace here

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