Influenced by the bright landscapes described by Australian bands such as the Triffids, the Go-Betweens, Midnight Oil and MFTCC plus the sparser work of the likes of Not Drowning Waving and the Necks, plus the lyrical brilliance of Mick Thomas and a dash of whatever-the-hell feels right ... you get the picture - that's the Aerial Maps. It's a free-floating thing based around the words and ideas of Adam Gibson with like-minded people on board for a journey that has already gone a thousand places and will go a thousand more.
Accompanied on the initial recording occasion by Simon Gibson, ex-Modern Giant compatriot Andy Meehan and all-round guru Simon Holmes, who produced the whole shebang, plus Australia's coolest "chanteuse" Lucy Lehmann, the Aerial Maps invite you to a place of long roads and empty towns, of forgotten cake shops and the loves you lost in the London night. It's hot or it's cold, it's crowded or it's empty ... but seen from above, seen from an aerial view, it all somehow makes a form of sense. Or actually, in fact, it may makes no sense at all.
"Maps vocalist and songwriter Adam Gibson is poised to knock every other Australian songwriter of repute into a cocked hat. His literate gems contain beautiful turns and shifts within nearly every line - it's impossible to second guess the destination of his train of thought - managing unique and evocative wordscapes without pomp or artifice. His combo are none too shabby either, being largely cobbers from his previous combo, the under appreciated Modern Giant, and offer perfect and sympathetic accompaniment. Listening to Aerial Maps is like the feeling you got reading The Racketty Street Gang or Cloudstreet for the first time. There's a name for this feeling, but they just haven't named it yet."
- ABC Radio
"Vocalist and songwriter Adam Gibson may well be the next great Australian storyteller, calling to mind Kelly, Forster/McLennan and David McComb. His evocative rendering of the lyric over smart guitar pop is as fresh as it is timeless, his attention to detail wonderfully observed. Production from Simon Holmes (Hummingbirds, Fragile) is seamless and the wait for their debut LP In The Blinding Sunlight will be difficult to endure."
- Coodabeen Champions, ABC Local Radio http;//myspace.com/theaerialmaps