Can you please introduce yourself and your role in Madina Lake?
Matthew and me plays bass.
How did the band come together?
We met in Chicago where we had previous bands who were competing for the attention of our then manager. Neither of us were satisfied musically so when we met, we bonded instantly over this and other ideas of what a musical situation could be. we decided to break up the old bands and make ML under these guiding principles.
Your new album is coming on May 5, 2009. How is this album different from your previous work?
This record is devoid of genre. It’s more of who we are. The last record was a little too pop-punk, this one is more alternative, and each song manages to be cohesive, while being completely different from one another.
How do you feel about the new album?
What are you most proud of and why? We feel more satisfied and fulfilled with this record than we could have ever imagined. We played at the edge of our abilities and we were fearless with every decision. we tuned out the outside world and dove deep into whatever direction we felt like going, which even found us using a trumpet on one song lol.
How is the current tour going?
What other touring plans do you have for this year? We are in the UK doing a headlining run with our friends the “audition” it is dangerously fun and we are loving life. after this we will do a run of USA dates, some festivals including Rockam Ring Rockam Park in germany and then spend all summer on warped.
What are some of your musical influences and why?
we were big fans of fleetwood mac, paul simon, NIN, smashing pumpkins. we like the idea of big pop choruses and electronic verses with thick grooves and lots of space.
How did you guys get started playing music?
nathan and i went to see a show at the metro in chicago when we were kids. it was a band called Hum and Silverchair The second we walked in the outside world melted away and we were absorbed into this imaginary universe of like minded people. we thought immediately, we have to do this.
So, do you have any interesting and/or funny stories to share from the road?
I was beyond thirsty the other night in the van around 3am and this beautiful bottle of evian water bumbed up against my foot. i reached down unscrewed the cap and even squeezed the bottle as to get more of this delicious stuff into my mouth…only to discover seconds later that it was not so refreshing, it was nathan’s urine.
What direction would you like to see Madina Lake pursue?
I would love to go the way of Muse or Kings of Leon…bands that have nice long healthy careers while retaining their artistic vision and integrity and dodging the flash in the pan scenerio that some trendsters fall into.
Any last words for our readers at For The Sound?
Thanks for the opportunity, we hope you enjoy us, but if not, godspeed and best of luck in your personal musical pursuit.