Live Review

SXSW 2010: Maps & Atlases, Emo’s, Austin

It is clear that Maps & Atlases are very much loved.

It is clear that Maps & Atlases are very much loved. Clear because they go on at 1.15am to a nearly packed Emo’s. Front man Dave Davison looks incredibly pleased their entire set, and keeps thanking the crowd through a bright grin, slightly hidden by his enormous beard.

The show is an excellent one. They play favourites, akin to a festival set, and the crowd are very excited to hear whatever they have to offer. Whatever the kind of fan, from the diehard singing every word to the passersby who’s wandered in, everyone is transfixed by their incredibly tight set.

They don’t seem sleepy, despite it being their last show at SxSW this year, but instead are enjoying every moment of every song they play. They even have members of So Many Dynamos, dear friends of theirs who played the same stage earlier in the evening, up with them to play a song or two.

This show seems so easy, from the set up, which is inordinately short for this festival, to the comfort with which the band play and feed off the crowd. It is an all around fun show and a really good way to end the night: with a feeling of old friends hanging out and eventually saying goodnight when eyes are too heavy not to listen to the sleep calling.

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