Why you have to listen, and then listen, again. Black Map at the Ace of Spades
Ben Flanagan, vocals and bass, Black Map
I like to listen to a band's music, while I'm editing photos. If I don't yet know their music very well, it helps me to pick out the images which best convey the sound, and the energy, of the performance.
And if the show/venue's live sound wasn't optimum on the night, it gives me another chance to listen, and listen well.
Chris Robyn, drums, Black Map
In this case, I'm really glad I listened to Black Map again. I like what this three-man band are doing.
Black Map are Mark Engles on guitar, Chris Robyn on drums, and Ben Flanagan not only the vocalist, but the bass player too. Heavy and beautifully so. Take a listen. They have an album "...And We Explode", plus an EP, "Driver".
Mark Engles, guitar, Black Map
(The sound at the gig on Saturday was really, really, really loud. There's a fine line between really-loud-and-good, and really-really-so-loud-that-you-can't-hear-the-music-any-more. This was not just Black Map's set at the Ace of Spades, it was the same for every band in the lineup. There's something to be learned here... for example, Hozier's recent show had the sound just perfect, same venue.) Sometimes, less (volume) is more (music)!
Anyway... I'm glad I did. I'm enjoying listening to Black Map, and I will be looking out for more from them. They've toured, just returned from Europe, Here's an example of their live show:
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