Madina Lake Announce Club Shows Around Festival Dates
June 11, 2010
Chicago rockers Madina Lake
will play a run of intimate club shows this coming August following their appearance at Sonisphere Festival
. Having hit the UK at the tail-end of March for a sell-out headline tour, the band will go back to their roots and get up-close and personal in venues such as Camden's Barfly and York's The Duchess, before heading home to finish up their 'Dresden Codex'
EP and start work on their 3rd album and follow up to 2009's 'Attics To Eden'
Tickets are on sale now for the shows and the full run, including 3 UK summer festival appearances, is as follows:
8/01 - Knebworth - Sonisphere Festival
8/02 - Cardiff - Barfly
8/03 - Kingston - New Slang @ Hippodrome
8/04 - London - Barfly
8/05 - York - The Duchess
8/06 - Poole - Chords
8/07 - Newquay - Boardmasters Festival
8/08 - Folkestone - Hevy Festival
For more information visit:www.madinalake.comwww.myspace.com/madinalakewww.twitter.com/madinalake
Alesana Kicks Off Tour This Week
September 2, 2009
Screamo rockers, Alesana are taking their live show back on the road, as they kick off their U.S. tour in Nashville, TN this week. The Vs. Tour, sponsored by Rocktstar Energy Drink, also features support from The Bled, Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria and Broadway, with Madina Lake on select dates.
The Raleigh, NC six-piece has just finished recording new album, 'The Emptiness', with producer Kris Crummett (Fear Before, Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance) in Portland, OR. 'The Emptiness' is set for release in January 2010.
Full dates for the tour are as follows:
09/04 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
09/05 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
09/06 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
09/07 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
09/08 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/09 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
09/10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North
09/11 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
09/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
09/13 - Lemont, IL @ Jaguar Club
09/14 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
09/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
09/16 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
09/17 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
09/18 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
09/19 - Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
09/20 - Altoona, PA @ The Eldolyn Terrace
09/21 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
09/22 - So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/23 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09/24 - South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
09/25 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
09/26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
09/27 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
09/28 - Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
09/29 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
09/30 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
Madina Lake On Spotify, Free Downloads, In Store Signings
April 26, 2009
Fast rising rockers Madina Lake
are proud to announce that their upcoming album 'Attics To Eden'
, which is set for release May 4th, premiered exclusively on Spotify
this past Friday (April 24th) for Spotify
Premium members and will be made available to Spotify
Free users from April 29th.
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2007’s ‘From Them, Through Us, To You’
was recorded with esteemed produced David Bendeth
, All Time Low
) and not only continues the story the debut began, but shows the band taking great strides in the development of their sound. In Spotfiy
, the band have the perfect vehicle with which to showcase their work.
Founded in Sweden in 2006, Spotify
was launched in the UK October 2008, with the free service being added in February of this year. The platform, which enables users to stream tracks via a Mac and PC supported application, gives users to access millions of tracks. The site has seen phenomenal growth since it’s launch, amassing over 600,000 users since launch in the UK alone, and surpassing over 2 million across Europe.
Today also sees the band release a free download of a track from the album- the highly infectious ‘Statistics
’. Fans should head to www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk
for information on how to get the track. On April 29th, be sure to visit www.kerrang.com
to download an exclusive acoustic version of upcoming single ‘Never Take Us Alive
’, which was recorded live at Kerrang! Radio
In other news, Madina Lake
will be hitting the UK on a run of headline dates in support of the album next week.
Dates are as follows and tickets are on sale now:
4/28 - Leeds - Cockpit
4/29 - Nottingham - Rock City
4/30 – Glasgow - QMU
5/01 – Manchester - Academy 2
5/02 - Newcastle - University
5/04 - Sheffield - Corporation
5/05 – Birmingham - Academy 2
5/07 – Cardiff - Solus
5/08 - London - Electric Ballroom.
The first single from the album, "Never Take Us Alive
" (release date 27th April), is currently playlisted on Radio 1’s B list
!, Absolute Xtreme
and various other ILRs. The band have recorded sessions for the Radio 1 Rock Show
, Live At Kerrang!
and XFM Rock Show
and are scheduled for various Music TV interviews. This week sees the band grace the front cover of the worlds biggest rock weekly, Kerrang
have also teamed up with Madina Lake
for a series of in store signings during the bands upcoming UK tour. The band will be doing three one hour signings in Blue Banana
stores. To celebrate the release of the band’s amazing second album, 'Attics To Eden'
, Blue Banana
will also be selling a exclusive Madina Lake
mug that will only be available at Blue Banana
stores and their webstore for a limited time. The signings will take place at the following stores:
4/29 - Blue Banana, Nottingham
5/05 - Blue Banana, Birmingham
5/07 - Blue Banana, Cardiff
Head to www.bluebanana.cc
to pick up your mug and for more details.
The band will also sign for fans and perform a short acoustic in store set from 5pm at the HMV
in Sheffield (14-18 High Street, Sheffield S1 2GE ) on 4th May.
Madina Lake Confirm UK Tour Dates, Shoot New Video
February 10, 2009
Chicago alt rockers, Madina Lake
, are pleased to confirm they’ll be back in the UK as soon as their new album is released. 'Attics To Eden'
is set to hit shelves on April 27th, and the band will embark on a 9-date UK tour on the 28th. Support is yet to be confirmed.
Tickets go on sale at 9am today (11th Feb), for £12.50 (£13.50 for London) from all usual agents and box offices. All shows are age 14+, although the London show requires an adult to accompany if you are under 16 (see tickets/agents for all terms and conditions).
Dates are as follows:
4/28 - Leeds - Met Uni
4/29 - Nottingham - Rock City
4/30 – Glasgow - QMU
5/1 – Manchester - Academy 2
5/2 - Newcastle - Academy 2
5/4 - Sheffield - Corporation
5/5 – Birmingham - Academy 2
5/7 – Cardiff - Solus
5/8 - London - Electric Ballroom
In other Madina Lake
news, the band spent last weekend in California, shooting a video for new digital single "Never Take Us Alive
" (to be released on April 20th) with award-winning director Shane Drake
, Fall Out Boy
, Panic! At The Disco
, Paul Van Dyk
). Stay tuned to www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk
for more news on when you can see the video!
Madine Lake Announce New Album Title
October 14, 2008
Chicago alt rockers Madina Lake are pleased to announce 'Attics To Eden' as the title of their second full-length for Roadrunner Records. The band is currently holed up in New Jersey's House of Loud Studio, working diligently on the pre-production stages of the album. David Bendeth (Paramore, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, In Flames) is set to produce and mix 'Attics To Eden'.
'Attics To Eden' follows up the band's 2007-released debut, 'From Them, Through Us, To You'. Madina Lake –comprised of vocalist Nathan Leone, bassist Matthew Leone, guitarist Mateo Camargo and drummer Dan Torelli—lived on the road in support of the album, logging countless miles on their tour van, performing everywhere from pizza joints and basement parties to the second stage of 2007's Projekt Revolution Tour and last summer's Warped Tour as well as the UK’s Download and Give It A Name festivals, cultivating a core of fans so dedicated that to call them "rabid" would be an understatement.
Nathan Leone sheds a little light on the recording process, saying, "After spending the last three months at home in Chicago shaping songs, we're finally tracking our second record. The record's title is 'Attics to Eden' because, lyrically, most of the tracks explore different ways to find psychological refuge in a world that is moving faster than ever. It also serves as the second installment in the story of Madina Lake." Regarding the band's choice of producer, Leone says, "We picked David Bendeth because his track record implies that he has the gift of seeing a band's vision through. For as many hits as he has, his focus lies more on the personality, individual character and musical ambition of artists, as opposed to chasing radio or trends. That is exactly in line with our philosophy, so were expecting a solid match. We are absolutely ecstatic to share this with as many people as possible."
Roadrunner expects to release 'Attics to Eden' in 2009.
HOME TOWN: Chicago, IL
Nathan Leone - vocals
Mateo Camargo - guitar
Matthew Leone - bass
Daniel Torelli - drums
Most artists claim they would suffer for their art. The founding members of Chicago's Madina Lake gamely faced death for theirs, crawling through trenches, munching on cow parts, ingesting maggots and eventually being hospitalized, all in the name of rock n' roll.
A year before they were recovering from their adventure in infirmary beds, twins Nathan Leone (vocals) and Matthew Leone (bass) had joined musical forces with guitarist Mateo Camargo and drummer Daniel Torelli - two musicians who shared the siblings' vision for creating hook-laden, pop culture-inspired hard rock with a message - to form Madina Lake, named after the fictional 1950's town from a story Matthew penned. The town is turned upside down when its most famous socialite, Adalia, mysteriously disappears.
"Madina Lake is a microcosm of what's happening in America today," Nathan explains. "Everyone wants to be famous and everyone wants to live louder than everyone else."
Tackling the consequences of society's fixation with pop culture and materialism might seem like heady stuff for a rock band, but Madina Lake isn't out to preach or bring listeners down. Instead, they deliver their message with stunning pop sensibility. Their sense of humor might be due in no small part to the time they experienced that "living louder" lifestyle firsthand. Egged on by friends, the Leone brothers applied for and were accepted to appear on the "twins" episode of the gross-out reality show Fear Factor. "The producers asked us 'Why do you want to be on the show?'" Nathan recalled. "We were like &lsquoWe don't. We're not athletic types, we're skinny little rock dudes!' I guess they liked that we didn't care." Not having body builder physiques proved no match for their unstoppable drive.
Accepting the Fear Factor challenge in hopes of scoring the grand $50,000 prize to kickstart their career, the brothers had to dangle from a helicopter and chug ground up cow parts while clambering through a trench. Though they both picked up a nasty infection that nearly killed them, their ambition proved solid and they won. Upon recovery, IVs were quickly traded for mics and a touring vehicle. A demo was put together, shows were booked, a record deal with Roadrunner Records was promptly landed.
The band went to Los Angeles to record their debut album, From Them, Through Us, To You, with Mark Trombino behind the board. Having worked with Jimmy Eat World, Motion City Soundtrack, Finch and blink-182, Trombino was the perfect choice to capture Madina Lake's upbeat pop sound while preserving the intense subject matter of their songs. From Them, Through Us, To You bounds from speakers with subtly catchy hooks and poignant vocals shouting brilliantly-crafted lyrics. Album opener "Here I Stand" starts with a delicate introduction before erupting quickly into heavy, speedy guitars. "At first listen it sounds like it's about losing a girl and being bummed about being alone," Nathan says. "It's really about what you do if you might not be able to realize your dream. How do you live your life?"
The album's debut single is the turbulent "House of Cards," which is led by a driving beat and deeply tormented vocals, revealing secrets like "I'm afraid to be alone / I'm afraid that one day you'll find out." Nathan says the track is about "people who keep a million secrets. No one will admit it, but if you pry a little you'll find out the weirdest things about people."
"Adalia," about the disappearing socialite, juxtaposes harsh, shrieked background vocals with a bouncy drumline. It's fittingly experimental for a song Nathan says is about "girls that really struggle with things like depression and anxiety...the super-famous social butterfly who has all the demons underneath."
And while many songs that tell the Madina Lake story are ultimately about people or society in general - like "River People," a song about integrity - the band isn't afraid to get highly personal as on a track like "Me Vs. World." Set against dark, hook-laden instrumentals are lyrics about "feeling completely outcast, alone, and not understanding how the world works and why people don't feel the same as you," the song is at once about the twins' loss of their mother, and about the struggle of adolescence.
"We're not going to be afraid to talk about what we believe," Nathan says. "We don't put constraints on ourselves. We want to carve a brand new path and do our own thing."
Obviously, the world is listening. To date, Madina Lake has played over 120 shows in just 10 short months of touring. They are selling around 100 copies of their EP a night and have amassed a loyal fanbase who sing their praises on MySpace.com, various blogspots and fansites. They have toured in the United States with 10 Years, Halifax, Red Jump Suit Apparatus and in the U.K. with Paramore, Cute Is What We Aim For and Gym Class Heroes. The band is set to head out again in the U.S. with Halifax upon release of the record.
Though they are only at the beginning of that path, Madina Lake have already crafted a detailed map to lead listeners towards a new horizon in rock. Their sun has only begun to rise.