|Officially launched in 1984, UK-based IT BITES are still a relevant and thought-provoking entity in 2012. Hailed as everything from prog to pop to art rock over the course of their career – which was temporarily halted by a 16 year break between 1990 and 2006 – the band continues to boast a diversity that has even their most devout fans guessing from album to album. Their new outing, Map Of The Past, keeps this tradition alive and kicking.
“Basically, it’s about going back through the past and fixing everything that ever went wrong in a person’s life. It’s simple enough, because everyone looks back at the past with a mistyeyed longing. Most people remember their childhood fondly and are nostalgic about those things; it’s almost as if the past has a champagne filter on it. Some of it is a bit blurry, and you can’t revisit it, so that’s where the intrigue comes from.”
Map of the Past is the first concept album of It Bites twenty-five year career. It explores the theme of the past, as seen through old family photographs. There is a constant sense of nostalgia running through all of the songs and the listener gets to visit The Titanic along the musical journey.