Damn The Maps

Damn The Maps

 Reservoir, Victoria, AUS
BandAlternativeRock

3 piece Alternative Rock. Big sounding melodic songs with dynamics and great hooks. Ranges from soft haunting pop to more crunchy power songs. A cross between Radiohead, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Tool, Deftones and Muse.

Biography

BIG POWERPOP INDIE ROCK
The name Damn the Maps represents simply going in your own direction as opposed to following the directions and pre-planned destinies of others. It’s about believing in yourself more than anything or anyone else.
This powerhouse three piece write their music about desperation, frustration, confusion, love, loss and the sheer bewilderment of existing in day to day modern life. Their success comes from their Shakespearian ability to identify with the common man, their quick witted lyrics, powerful commercial sound and strong sense of dynamics.
The band have a wide range of musical influences from 60’s pop, 70’s Rock, 90’s Alternative to modern indie artists. They have been compared to Tool, Weezer, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Incubus and The Deftones with the common description that they have something very original that you simply ‘can’t put your finger on.’

THE DAMN THE MAPS STORY
Originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, Singer/songwriter Martin Green formed a band under the name ‘Nervous Wreck’ whilst at University. They quickly made a name for themselves in Hamilton with frequent appearances at JBC, The Meteor and The Hillcrest Tavern. They landed supports for Head Like a Hole, Tadpole, Stellar and The Datsuns to name a few. Their EP ‘From out of nowhere’ achieved moderate success on Hamilton’s U fm.
When their Drummer left Nervous Wreck to pursue a higher education, Martin and guitarist Ryan Tattersall moved to Auckland to find a drummer and play to bigger and better venues to larger audiences. They quickly secured Matt Reid on drums and began with a residency at The Temple, frequent shows at The Kings Arms and a TV appearance on Good Morning NZ. Unfortunately, Guitarist, Ryan moved to London to become a chef so Martin and Matt seized an opportunity to move the band to Melbourne.

TO MELBOURNE
Martin and Matt set up in Melbourne in 2003, recruited Nick Childs on guitar for a year but unfortunately due to musical differences, went their separate ways. Martin tried two other complete line-up changes and auditioned many musicians over 18 months until finally, via Melbourne’s music site Melband, he met Nick Riley (Guitar) and Mark Coats (Drums). They quickly hit it off and within a few months began playing shows again. Within a year they had independently released an EP ‘All Aboard’ which immediately received Triple J airplay. They landed supports for Evermore’s regional tour in 2006 and their second EP ‘Log Off’ received airplay as well across Triple J, Triple R, PBS and several New Zealand Stations.

NEW BEGINNING
Nervous Wreck signed with independent label Vent Entertainment in 2007. At this time they were contacted by another Nervous Wreck from the United States who had recently registered the Nervous Wreck US trade mark. Thus with the upcoming release of their debut album, Nervous Wreck changed their name to Damn The Maps, as it seemed applicable with the journey they had taken so far, their strong belief in their ability and the independent road they decided to follow. They released their debut album ‘Input Output’ via Vent in May 2008 which is now available physically throughout Australia and digitally worldwide (itunes etc).
They have released 3 singles and 4 music videos (‘All Aboard’, ‘The way it was’, ‘Stare at the screen’ & ‘Behave’) All have received considerable airplay on Australia’s ‘Rage’ on ABC, Channel 31 and C4 in New Zealand. ‘The way it was’ video was selected for the IndyTV video show in the US, Musicmix USA video show across 26 US Networks, Metro Underground in LA across 2200 TV screens on their public transport network, Skopemag USA and MYBAND Las Vegas.
Damn the Maps toured Australia and New Zealand extensively throughout November 2008 – February 2009 including supports for Epicure in Tasmania and Sons Of Rico in Perth. They play Scorcherfest Adelaide in October 2010. Damn the Maps plan to start recording their second album early 2011.

Lyrics

All Aboard

Written By: Martin J Green

I see you running trying to catch up to us,
Trying to kill the time
Gotta make it in by 8.15
All is silent on the 102 bus
Jobs and bills and fines
Got us locked into a nice routine

So all Aboard
We’re always looking forward to all the
ordinary chores we have today
And all you want
Is to climb aboard with us
So you wont be late

I feel you walking down the isle up to me
Blown in by the rain
Gotta find an empty vinyl seat
Frozen hands that take the whole ride to be
Flowing blood again
Clutch your bag between your dying feet

So all Aboard
We’re always looking forward to all the
ordinary chores we have today
And all you want
Is to climb aboard with us
So you wont be late

The wheels on the bus go round and round…

Real Girls

Written By: Martin J Green

I wake up to the sound of The Byrds
Turn on incandescent sunrise in my room
Got a red globe
Gotta get up, gotta get into work
Gotta be whoever I’m told
or be let go from the payroll

And the oversized TV
it always talks to me
it knows how everything should be

But I love your real eyes
your real thighs
your real parts
if only you realised
I only fell for these
You’re one of the real girls
With real curves
And real hearts

Nobody else for me
Nobody else for me

I pick up some magazines
Gotta see
All of these airbrushed softer lines
Higher cheekbones
Gonna need California teeth,
Beverley lips,
Apparently I could drop a size
With the right coach

and the oversized TV
it always talks to me
it knows how everything should be

but I love your real eyes
your real thighs
your real parts
if only you realised
I only fell for these
You’re one of the real girls
With real curves
And real hearts

Nobody else for me

The Way it Was

Written By: Martin J Green

You need the job
You need the clothes
You need the greatest of everything
You need the boat
You need the phone
You need the fastest machine on the road

But I don’t know
I like the pace of things before

I want it…
Back the way it was
Back the way it ought to be
Back the way it was

You need the cards
You need em gold
You need the platinum wedding ring
You need it all
remote controlled
You need the tits and the lips and the nose

But I don’t know
I like the pace of things before

I want it…
Back the way it was
Back the way it ought to be
Back the way it was

Happy Ending

Written By: Martin J Green

Jackets and gloves
Were the first thing I saw of you waiting for the bus
Then the heavens above
Did light up the sky in a hail storm just for the two of us

And baby you were always the one
baby you were always the one
you were always the one

And why have I waited so long?
And what have I waited for?
How crazy ive taken so long
In getting you

Baby you were always the one

Discography

Input Output (2008) Full Album

Set List

Typical Set is 45 - 60 minutes.
Usually the set is mostly songs from Input Output with 2 or 3 new songs.
Average number of songs we play is 12.