Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
“We are Matt Tilling (vocals, guitar), Tim Horne (bass, synths) and Leo Morgan (guitar, synths), plus Elliot and Thom when we play live. Matt was formally in a folk band at university, but they broke up after graduating and he was already exploring new things sonically anyway. Tim and Leo have known each other since school.”
“I needed some people who could translate the ideas I had into reality” says Matt “and luckily I found just the people! Tim and Leo have the amazing ability of taking a bare bones song with a melody and starting to take it in new directions. I guess that’s why we work so well together.”
WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“There’s a pretty varied mix of themes across the EP ‘One’; some of the tracks are straight up heartbreak, written in the aftermath of a particularly tricky break up, but That Millennial is about Brexit! We wrote these songs over 2 years so there’s a lot of different emotions and experiences in them. One of the key themes is defiance: whether it be a tricky break up or a large national vote that didn’t go the way you wanted it do, all of the songs have a thread of defiance in the face of the unknown.”
WHERE are they from?
“We all live in London nowadays but we grew up in Kent and Hampshire, tucked away from the excitement of city life” says Matt. “Certainly, when I was growing up the desire to make music as a means of escaping a very sheltered life was strong. The area I grew up in (beautiful, rural Hampshire) certainly influenced me early on (hence the folk band), and I grew up listening to Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie and co, but as you get older I think you want to mix it up a bit. It feels a very natural progression to start experimenting with more electronic, industrial sounds when you move to an urban area.”
WHY are they called Inca Maps?
“Honestly? We just thought it sounded cool.”
WHEN can I see them live?
“We played a run of gigs to support the EP so there’s nothing in the diary for now. The launch show in June was probably the biggest/best we’ve played so far.”
“For now we’ve already got some new songs in the pipeline, which is really refreshing after 2 years playing the same tracks!”