Seeing and hearing the Scientific Maps at The Tang in a duo context (their drummer and bassist couldn’t make it) on Friday night was quite an interesting experience.
Well, think about it… there’s only trumpet-playing back-up vocalist Donna Baird and electric hollow-body guitarist-singer Aaron Smith. That’s it.
But somehow, it worked musically.
The Albany-based Scientific Maps’ short, three-minute songs are well-crafted and melodically catchy, harkening back to the early ’60 jukebox sound and the radio-friendly pop songs of the British Invasion thing.
Unlike most of those tunes of yesteryear about hand-holding, surfing safaris and wild things, the Sci Maps’ songs have substance and depth, creating mental images to coincide with the contemporary now from a youthful perspective.
The duo was certainly engaging and friendly onstage, but they appeared a bit inexperienced in their presentation. They’ve got a unique sound and the songs to back it up. Now what they need is a little more seasoning in the spotlight.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk