South American inspiration
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.