Black Map has been making the rounds this year on the festival circuit. This years Carolina Rebellion was actually one of the bands first festival appearances of the year. We were there to see their dominating performance and the fans there loved them just as much as we did. Again we were able to see them at Chicago Open Air in July and once again they were one of the most dominating bands of the day. The alt metal trio unleashed their first songs in 2014. First, their 4-song EP titled ‘Driver’ was released in February and all 4 songs were included later on that year on their first full length album ‘…And We Explode’. They put off a heavy 90’s rock vibe with huge, blasting riffs and raw emotion all packed into one punch. Last year the band made a large breakthrough with the premiere of a new song “Run Rabbit Run”. This song took the airwaves by storm and told us to get ready for 2017 because Black Map is quickly on their way to the top. ‘In Droves’ dropped across the US on March 10th via eOne Music. The album was produced by Aaron Hellam at Hellman Sound. Consisting of members from the bands Far, The Trophy Fire, and dredg, the band does a solid job combining all of the project’s sounds into one.
It was at Louder Than Life we got our third chance to see Black Map this year. When you’ve already seen a band twice in less than 6 months sometimes you’d skip out on their set, but not when it’s Black Map. We had the opportunity to speak with vocalist/bassist Ben Flanagan during the bands stop at the premiere rock festival in Louisville, Kentucky on October 1st, 2017. Ben talked to us about their festival appearances, what he is currently listening to, seeing Black Map shirts in the crowd and playing a festival in their home state of California. Ben also talked about the bands video for “Run Rabbit Run” which was filmed in what he said was one of the “one of the coolest, weirdest, and most interesting structures in the city”and added about the location it was filmed “There were just tubs of lube everywhere.” You can view the entire interview below: