From 1995 to 2007, Alan S. Johnson served as the frontman for U.S. Maple, a Chicago-based band that defied any kind of "genre" catergorization. Frequently pegged as "noise rockers" or "deconstructionalists," Al and co. instead seemed to construct a new sonic palate rather than "take apart" established ideas of music, as "deconstruction" implies. The songs of U.S. Maple were entirely complex, made up of bizarre rhythms and beautiful atonalities that could allow listeners to enter a strange and mysterious place where most rockers would fear to tread.