Accessible, yet artistic. Spacey, yet danceable. By fusing elements of jazz, indie, and post rock, Maps Need Reading gives the big ears what they want to hear while leaving the average Joe with a tapping toe.

Maps Need Reading is a three-piece art rock band based in Knoxville, Tennessee. The band fuses elements of jazz, indie, and post rock, creating a hybrid sound that equally satisfies the tastes of both progressive rock and pop fans alike.

Nathan Patterson (bassist) and Chris Burgess (guitarist/keyboardist) formed The Renaissants during their high school years, creating nifty indie pop music that slowly drifted toward more odd time signatures and dynamic arrangements. The two musicians, along with David Webb, progressed as Maps Need Reading in 2011 by adding drummer Jordan Sexton, whose style allowed the band to further develop a more progressive, post-rock-influenced sound. In 2014, Sexton left the band and was replaced by childhood friend and University of Tennessee music school companion DJ Young.

Moving forward with Young, the band has further diversified its sound while continuing to refine the core audible elements that have kept fans coming back - long, dynamic orchestrations that combine deep, dissonant noise and danceable indie pop aesthetics. Each member of the band contributes their own respective influences to the writing process, and that diversity allows for songs that span all across the musical spectrum. The band released its Hopes for Chemistry EP in August, 2015, and has used the positive momentum the album has received to begin pushing their sound outside Knoxville.


  • Maps' effort at continually evolving is what sets them apart from other artists.

    UT Daily Beacon
  • ...Hopes for Chemistry - an alluring tease that reveals new depths with each listen.

    The Knoxville Mercury
  • ...resisting movement is futile. Dancing and/or foot-tapping is inevitable.

    Knoxville Music Warehouse
  • integral part of Knoxville's progressive-music community...

    The Knoxville Mercury

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