Black Map has done something totally original and combines the Billy Idol and U2 classics ‘Eyes Without A Face’ and ‘Exit’ with a dash of Jane’s Addiction’s ‘Mountain Song’ as a binder. This video is, what I consider, a rare positive result of the pandemic. These are two of my favorite, lesser known, tracks from two genre defining artists. And, to hear them together, reminds of that while showing the distinct originality between the artists and the tracks. Brilliant.
“We had wrapped up the recording of our forthcoming album and still had the bug to create. At rehearsals we started jamming on covers from bands that influenced us in various ways and this whole thing just really came together. We wanted to be ambitious and combine a couple great songs that we felt would blend in a way that allowed us to put our own stamp on. While the album is getting finalized we wanted to give fans something special to enjoy before dropping new original music, which is right around the corner.”Ben Flanagan
“Eyes Without a Face/Exit” was recorded and mixed by Beau Burchell (Saosin) with the in-studio video edited by John Snapp.
The band, who recently finished a new album (details coming soon), have confirmed a performance at Aftershock Festival, playing Friday, Oct. 7. More tour dates will be announced soon as well.
About Black Map
Black Map is guitar player Mark Engles, singer/bass player Ben Flanagan and drummer Chris Robyn. Formed in 2013, the Bay Area band have released a pair of full-length albums: In Droves (2017) and …And We Explode (2014) as well as two EPs: Trace The Path (2018) and Driver ( 2014). New Noise described the band’s music as “firmly rooted in both gorgeous melodies and crushing, fist-pumping heaviness.”
Featured image by Phoenix Kanada.