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Maps & Atlases Share New Single “Ringing Bell,” New Album “Lightlessness Is Nothing New” Out June 1

Chicago’s Maps & Atlases are ending their six-year hiatus, returning with their third full-length Lightlessness Is Nothing New on June 1 on Barsuk Records, and today the band shared a new single, “Ringing Bell.”


“I wrote a few lines of ‘Ringing Bell’ the day that my dad passed away. I wanted to express the strangeness of witnessing such a surreal transformation undertaken by someone so close to me, but I didn’t try to finish the song in that state, as I knew I didn’t yet have any perspective on the loss.

That lack of perspective itself became a theme in the song. After he passed, I felt the need to put some shoes on my dad, despite the protest of the people picking him up that he wouldn’t need them. I describe this moment in the song, as it reflects both a general and specific disorientation of loss, with the line, ‘I thought you still might need my shoes / somehow I’d like to still believe / that they might be of some use.'” – Dave Davison

Lightlessness Is Nothing New, which also features the previously released single “Fall Apart,” is available for pre-order now.

Maps & Atlases will tour the U.S. in support of the new album this May and June:

5/29: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN

6/01: Upstream Music Festival – Seattle, WA

6/02: Volume Music Festival – Spokane, WA

6/03: Holocene – Portland, OR

6/06: Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

6/07: Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA

6/08: Casbah – San Diego, CA*

6/09: Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ*

6/10: Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM*

6/12: Club Dada – Dallas, TX*

6/13: Scoot Inn – Austin, TX*

6/14: White Oak Upstairs – Houston, TX*

6/15: Parish @ House of Blues – New Orleans, LA*

6/16: Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA*

6/17: Cat’s Cradle – Back Room – Carrboro, NC*

6/19: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC*

6/20: Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY

6/21: Sonia – Boston, MA*

6/22: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA*

6/23: Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA*

6/24: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH*

6/26: Rumba – Columbus, OH*

6/27: El Club – Detroit, MI*

6/28: Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL*

6/30: Fountain Square Music Series – Cincinnati, OH

* w/ Prism Tats

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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