South Amer­i­can in­spi­ra­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE HEALY

It was one of those ideas that came about dur­ing a ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion late one night between two flat­mates.

Why not travel through South Amer­ica and write an al­bum at the same time?

Brendon Mor­row and Kings­land res­i­dent Si­mon Good­ing stud­ied au­dio en­gi­neer­ing to­gether and then em­barked on an 18-month over-land jour­ney from Ar­gentina to Columbia.

They bought two acous­tic guitars at an an­tique store in Buenos Aires and trav­elled and made mu­sic un­til their money ran out.

Along the way they wrote songs which would be­come the ba­sis of their de­but al­bum, which has been re­leased to­day. They call them­selves The Map Room and the al­bum All You’ll Ever Find trans­forms the acous­tic pieces they recorded while trav­el­ling into care­fully crafted at­mo­spheric pop songs.

The 28-year-olds both work as sound en­gi­neers and spend long days in a stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment. To cre­ate their al­bum they also spent many late nights and week­ends stuck in a stu­dio work­ing on their own tracks.

‘‘With just the two of us do­ing ev­ery­thing it did take a re­ally long time to get the al­bum out. We’re per­fec­tion­ists and we wanted to get it right. I’m re­ally happy with it. We had no pro­ducer telling us whether it was good or bad, we had to fig­ure it out our­selves.’’

The pair have now re­cruited two more mu­si­cians to make up a four­some for their live gigs. They’re play­ing an al­bum re­lease party at New­mar­ket’s The Lucha Lounge to­mor­row and will play at the Leigh Sawmill on July 21.

‘‘We’re writ­ing new songs with the other guys now which is a change in process for us. We want to tour the coun­try in the next few months.’’

They’ve done plenty of ses­sion work in the past so per­form­ing in front of a crowd is not new.

‘‘We are new to fronting our own mu­sic. It’s re­ally en­joy­able play­ing our songs live and see­ing what a band can bring to each song.’’

Map Room: Mu­si­cians Si­mon Good­ing, left, and Brendon Mor­row are re­leas­ing their first al­bum to­day.

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