Madina Lake Interview- May 7, 2009


madina_lake013Can 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.

Anberlin Announces Headlining Winter Tour

Anberlin will be hitting the road this winter with Madina Lake, Between The Trees. Check out the dates below. Camera Can’t Lie will also be on select dates.

January 7th in Nashville, TN @ Rockettown
January 8th in Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
January 9th in Harrisonburg, VA @ The Alethia
January 10th in Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
January 11th in Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
January 13th in Montreal, QC @ Studio JPR
January 14th in Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
January 15th in London, ON @ Cowboy’s Ranch
January 16th in Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Fine Arts Center
January 17th in Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
January 18th in Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
January 19th in Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
January 21st in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
January 22nd in Fargo, ND @ The Venue
January 23rd in Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
January 24th in Regina, SK @ The Exchange
January 25th in Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
January 26th in Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
January 30th in Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
January 31stin Pocatello, ID @ Icon

Saosin Joins Projekt Revolution Tour

Saosin just confirmed that they will be joining the Projekt Revolution Tour this summer. The Projekt Revolution will kick off on July 25th and the last stop will be on September 3 in Denver at the Coors Amphitheatre. Fans can expect to see Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K on the Main Stage and Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, The Bled, Styles of Beyond and Madina Lake on the Revolution Stage.

Tour Dates

Wed Jul 25 TBA To be announced May 22
Fri Jul 27 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 28 San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion
Sun Jul 29 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Tue Jul 31 TBA To be announced May 21
Wed Aug 01 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Fri Aug 03 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat Aug 04 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
Sun Aug 05 Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tue Aug 07 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 08 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
Fri Aug 10 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Mon Aug 13 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 14 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed Aug 15 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri Aug 17 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat Aug 18 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sun Aug 19 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Tue Aug 21 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 22 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri Aug 24 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Sat Aug 25 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Sun Aug 26 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Tue Aug 28 Syracuse, NY NY State Fair
Wed Aug 29 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Aug 31 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat Sep 01 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 03 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre

Madina Lake Off of Warped Tour

Madina Lake has pulled out of this summers Warped Tour. The band is suppose to be announcing new tour dates in the future. A message from the band can be read below.

Im afraid we have some bad news about Warped.. in short we’re not on it anymore. its kind of complicated but here goes…

We wanted to do the entire tour but there were only 3 weeks available to us. so naturally we started looking for other tours around those warped dates to jump on so we could continue to tour the entire country. turns out warped, like most tours, has certain policies about bands playing the same markets within a certain amount of time of the actual warped dates and unfortunately this is what forced us to drop off. we will be announcing a huge tour in 14 days that will allow us to hit the entire country in july, august and september with some of our favorite bands in the world. we sincerely regret not being able to play this years warped and apologize to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us on it but trust me this was out of our hands.

For now were preparing for GIAN Fest. is london and birmingham, BAMBOOZLED in nj, SUPERSONIC in japan and a headlining run in may/june with EMANUEL, FIGHTSTAR, and FIRESCAPE. this tour will rule and the tickets will be cheap! we love you forever and hope you accept our apologies about warped tour.

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Albums In Stores Tomorrow 3-27-07

Here are some albums that will be in-stores tomorrow. What are you planning on picking up?

Daphne Loves Derby – Good Night, Witness Light
Holiday Parade – This Is My Year
Hot Rod Circuit – The Underground Is A Dying Breed
Madina Lake – From Them, Through Us, To You
There For Tomorrow – Pages EP
Good Charlotte – Good Morning Revival
Autovein – Bullets And Bruises CD/DVD
Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Night Kills The Day – The Study Of Man

WBRU Cheap Date November 9th

Providence, RI’s original alt. rock station, 95.5 WBRU, is bringing The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Madina Lake and Lorene Drive to Providence as part of their Cheap Date Series. WBRU is putting local band Astrea (Franklin, MA) on the bill to expose them to a larger audience and give back to the local music community. The show hits Lupo’s on Thursday, November 9th and only costs $9.95 in advance, $12 day of show. Tickets can be purchased here.

Nov. 9, 2006 6:30P
Providence, RI – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Astrea, Madina Lake, Lorene Drive @ Lupo’s at the Strand