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EP Review: Maps by Lower Automation

Chicago based math / noise rock act Lower Automation release their debut EP Maps on 1st April. A frantic 5 tracks that blend the differing flavours of The Dillinger Escape Plan, At The Drive-In and Unsane it acts as the ideal starting point for anyone that wants to dip their toes into the math rock or noise rock scenes.

Maps is the accessible offspring of the afore mentioned bands. While ‘Break Room Curators’ retains the abrasiveness of its obvious influences (ATDI), it is adds immediacy and infectiousness that may otherwise only have come after several listens. Similarly ‘The Cartographer’ does the same for The Dillinger Escape Plan, it’s an easier listen – perfect for the more fainthearted listener.

Perhaps unsurprisingly neither of these two tracks quite match up to their influences. Sure they’re good tracks, the stimuli are just too obvious to ignore though. As such comparisons will be made and Lower Automation just fall short of the mark. Other tracks on the EP, such as ‘Ring’ and ‘Decorated’ threaten to offer up something fresh yet take in elements of nu-metal and sound remarkably like an early Incubus. EP closer ‘Scissor Lapses’ frustrates in being mostly discordant feedback when it’s not trying to be ATDI yet playing homage to Incubus.

As a starting point to math or noise rock this could be excellent, if you’re even slightly familiar with either this will be all too familiar.

AD Rating 5/10

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