We very much hope you’re enjoying the summer. We wanted to update you on all the recent and upcoming activities in the Madeira camp.
First of all, our short SoCal tour was an unqualified success!! We played San Diego, Hermosa Beach and Huntington Beach between August 1st and 3rd, and each show was better than the previous one – and together they are probably the highlight of our four years together. You can go here to read some comments posted on the Surf Guitar 101 forum by various witnesses (we compiled the comments about the Madeira only, since the original forum thread is currently up to 15 pages!) . You can also see photos from all three shows here. It was great to see so many old friends, make several new ones and play with MANY amazing surf bands (including Pollo del Mar, Slacktone, the Secret Samurai, and many, many others)! In particular we must thank Ryan Ruiz of the Secret Samurai for going way above and beyond the call of duty helping us set up the San Diego show, make available his band’s practice space AND provide his band’s gear to us; also, Ferenc Dobronyi of Pollo del Mar and Frankie & the Pool Boys for helping with all three shows. We should also recognize the amazing work done by Jeff “Big Tiki Dude” for the Surf Guitar 101 Convention on Saturday at Suzie’s in Hermosa Beach, which was an unforgettable, even legendary, event and one that made our whole trip so much more special! Finally, we would like to thank Linda Miller of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum for adding us to the Sunday’s lineup and providing an opportunity to play our probably most memorable show to date (and also lining up some incredible amps, owned by Matt Quilter of the Reventlos, and drums for us). Playing right in front of the Huntington Beach Pier, next to the beach, close to where it all began for surf music, on a perfect day – well, it doesn’t really get any better than that. (Please at the very least take a look at the Huntington Beach photos to get some idea of the weekend we had!) We certainly hope we can do all this again next year.
Second, we are THRILLED to announce that we will be in the upcoming surf music documentary called “Sound of the Surf”. This is a fully professional production with highly active involvement by legendary guitarist and surf music historian John Blair (Jon & the Nightriders). We were recorded performing seven songs in hi-def with multiple cameras and multitrack audio in a controlled studio environment the Monday after our SoCal shows. We also did a lengthy on-camera interview with two of the founders of surf music, Eddie Bertrand (Eddie & the Showmen, the Belairs) and Paul Johnson (the Belairs, the Surfaris), as well as John Blair, to be included in the movie. That was quite surreal and pretty incredible. The movie is scheduled to be released in the Spring or Summer of ’09, so we’ll all have to be patient (the plan right now is to market it heavily, including advertising on network TV, and hopefully a theatrical release before the film comes out on DVD, too). We would like to extend our deep thanks to producer/director Tom Duncan, John Blair and Tim Ferrill for including us in this film, which we expect will drastically raise the profile of the entire genre – and may in fact launch it to heights previously unseen! (Incidentally, one of the more remarkable experiences of our SoCal trip was having Eddie “Squad Car” Bertrand singing our praises – even on camera – and taking a keen interest in making us look good during the video shoot! Absolutely remarkable. One could call it a dream-come-true, but who’d ever dare dream of something so completely fantastical! See some photos from the taping here)
Finally, we are not done yet for the year. We will be headlining “Surf Explosion 2” on Friday, September 19th, in Cincinnati, OH, for which we will be joined by our good friends the Surge (Atlanta, GA) as well as Don’t Fear the Reverb (Cincinnati, OH). The most amazing thing about this show is that it will be held in the historical Memorial Hall which seats 610 people, and it will be vigorously marketed far and wide, including bringing big-name sponsors on board. This will be by far the biggest show we have played yet, and we expect it to be very special. We hope many of you that are not in Cincinnati but within driving distance will consider making the trek to be there – we think you’ll find it worthwhile. The promoters of the show are also aiming to increase the public awareness of modern surf music to the point where they can hold larger surf music events several times a year – and we think you will all agree that this is a VERY worthy goal! (We also hope to play a show in Chicago the following day, Saturday, September 20th, with the Cocktail Preachers and Roger & the Wraybands. We already booked a venue but just a few days ago found out out of the blue that it is closing down permanently, so we are now looking for an alternative location. We hope we can find something – please keep an eye out on our Gigs page for any updates on that.)
That’s it – whew! Lots going on. Thanks for reading this far, and we hope you have been enjoying “Carpe Noctem” for the last couple of months (and if not, you clearly haven’t gotten it yet – so, what are you waiting for?? :). We also hope to see some of you in Cincinnati and maybe in Chicago.
Best regards, Ivan, Patrick, Todd, Dane The Madeira
The brand new Surfguitar101.com podcast features a 15-minute interview with Ivan, Dane and Todd (conducted just over two weeks ago in SoCal as part of the Surf Guitar 101 Convention), two songs from our new CD “Carpe Noctem,” as well as an additional hour of some amazing surf music from around the world! (The second part of our interview will appear in the next podcast, in about a month.) As you’ll hear, we had a really good day – and show – before the interview and were in a happy and relaxed mood! Huge thanks go to Danny Snyder (the TomorrowMen, Meshugga Beach Party, Pollo del Mar) for doing such a wonderful job with the interview, and to Lady Reverb for hosting a great show and including us in it!
The podcast can be found here. It is also downloadable direct from iTunes for free – just search within iTunes for surfguitar101.com and download episode 3.
Our new CD Carpe Noctem has been officially out for about three weeks, and the initial feedback and informal reviews are all extremely good! See several of them at Surf Guitar 101.
For Carpe Noctem ordering information, please surf on over to Double Crown. The CD is also now available through CD Baby and for download only through Amazon – for only $8.99!! Two tracks from the album, “The Saracen” and “Undercurrents,” are available for your listening pleasure on our Myspace page, and or you can download them at our new official website at themadeira.net on the Songs page.
In order to get more people hip to the greatness of Carpe Noctem :) , we will be playing the CD release show at the Melody Inn this Friday, June 27th. We’ll be featuring a ton of songs off the new album, which we’ll have for sale (as well as the new t-shirts). Come out and have yourself a great time! (The plan is that we’ll go on third, but this is subject to change).
CD RELEASE SHOW FRIDAY, JUNE 27th @ THEMELODYINN (3826 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN) w/ATOMICBOMBAY, RECKLESSEDWARD, THEMELISMATICS 21+ 9:30 p.m.
Our East Coast mini-tour was a total blast and a defnite success! We played to many enthusuiastic surf music fans, and bonded with several fantastic East Coast surf bands. See Ivan’s (lengthy!) report here. You can also find some show reviews (and photos) by other folks here, here, here (this one has a bunch of pics), and here.
There are also a few videos from our East Coast trek on YouTube now:
Here we go – our second full-length album “Carpe Noctem” will be officially released on Tuesday, May 27th! It will be initially available exclusively through Double Crown Mail Order (dblcrown.com) – and soon after that you’ll be able to find it pretty much everywhere. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get this CD out and we very much hope you will like what you hear – we love it!
We also hope you like our new website: themadeira.net. At the moment it looks very similar to our old one, but it’s got a lot more bells and whistles that we will take advantage of in the future. The best thing is that there is new content: two new downloadable songs from “Carpe Noctem”; great photos from our March Indy show; a new t-shirt now available for purchase; and complete information for all our upcoming summer shows (plus some nifty fliers!).
Speaking of shows, our East Coast trek is in only six days! Washington, DC, Asbury Park, NJ and New York, NY, joined by some of the finest surf bands around today (see Shows for all the details). It’s our first time playing on the East Coast as a band, and we can’t wait. The bonus for those that come to the gigs is that we expect to have advance copies of “Carpe Noctem” available for sale – you can be among the first people in the world to have the new Madeira CD! Looking beyond this short tour, we will have an Indy CD release show in late June, and then we return to SoCal for a whirlwind three-day tour in early August. Lots of activity ahead (by our standards, anyway!), and we sincerely hope to see many of you during all these travels.
We’ve been very quiet for quite a few months now, but that doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening! In fact, A LOT has been happening.
First, some good news: the Madeira is featured in the April issue of Guitar Player magazine in a column “MySpace Hordes” where editor-in-chief Michael Molenda picks his favorite eight MySpace artists every month. He gave the song “Cordoba” a very nice (albeit short) review – see the Press page.
Second, our new CD is almost done!!! It will be titled “Carpe Noctem”, and it will be coming out on Double Crown Records in June. We recorded it between Christmas and New Year’s, and we are just waiting for our engineer to mix it (the mixing will begin in about a week or two). We are very excited about it, and think it’s even better than “Sandstorm”! It’s definitely a more diverse album. The few people that have heard the songs (rough mixes) have been very enthusiastic about them (thanks, Mom & Dad! :). We’ll be putting up a couple of new tracks on our websites as soon as they’re mixed and mastered – so probably in mid-to-late-April. For the moment check out the front cover of the album on the front page of the site and take a listen to an album preview, featuring a mix of snippets of the album songs – we hope you like what you see and hear!
Third, after a pretty slow ’07, we have much more live activity planned for ’08. We begin with an Indy show on March 28th, then follow that in late May with a 3-day tour East Coast tour (Washington, DC, New Jersey or Maryland, and New York). Then in early August we hit Southern California again for three shows (San Diego, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach). Go to the Shows page on the site for further details. We’ll be joined by many fantastic surf bands for all these shows, including the Cocktail Preachers, the Coffin Daggers, the Atomic Mosquitos, Pollo del Mar, Secret Samurai, the Detonators, the Aquasonics, the Insect Surfers, and many more. It’s gonna be FUN!!! We hope to add a few more local shows throughout the year, so keep an eye on our gig page, and we hope to see you at one of these gigs this year!
That’s it! Thanks for supporting our band, and have a great Spring!
Great news!! Pipeline Instrumental Magazine Review #73 (Spring ’07) chose “Sandstorm” as one of the three runner-ups for their Album of the Year 2006 award! (The winning CD was “Sonic Traveller” by the veteran instrumental rockers duo Shig & Buzz, and the other two runner-ups were by the long-running Spanish Euro-instro band Los Jets and the younger Spanish surf band The Long Boards.) Given that Pipeline reviewed over 200 surf and instrumental rock CDs in 2006, many of which are excellent, we consider it an honor to be near the very top of that large heap. A BIG thanks, Pipeline!!!
We hope you're enjoying your summer. Things have been a bit quiet in the Madeira camp lately. Three reasons for that: 1) we're all keeping quite busy this summer, 2) Patrick is not as easily available anymore, and most importantly 3) we're working very hard on the songs for the next album. We have all the songs for the CD at this point (13 in total), and the recording session is booked for December. We're very excited about the new material and feel that the next CD should be a worthy follow-up to "Sandstorm". The best news; you don't have to wait until 2008 to hear the new songs! Read on...
This Saturday, August 11th, we will be returning to Columbus, Ohio for HOT ROD HULA HOP III, held again at Largo's Tavern (see our shows page). There will be vintage cars and, obviously, hot rods aplenty, many 'tiki' vendors, a burlesque show, and most importantly, a LOT of music! We will be joined by six other bands, including two other surf bands (the Coffin Daggers and Daikaiju) and various other exotica, rockabilly and garage acts. We got the prime spot this year, 9:45-10:30 pm, and our setlist will be heavy on the songs from our forthcoming album, many of them getting only their second live airing, and one or two being played live for the first time. It's gonna be a GREAT time, and we very much hope you can join us.
This will probably be our last show of the year, as we'll be concentrating on getting the new material ready for the recording. But we hope to be doing a lot more next year once the next album is out.
We hope to see you this Saturday, and thanks for all your support!
We have some good news and some not so good. First of all, the good news: the Madeira will be playing in Indy again this SATURDAY, MARCH 10th at MO'S LOADING DOCK. And it will be a special show due to two factors, one of them being the unveiling of SIX new songs (two of which are covers) destined for our second full-length album. (That's in addition to "Surf Fidelis" and "The Saracen," two post-Sandstorm original songs we have been performing for some time now, and which you will again hear this Saturday if you're there.)
The not so good news, and the second factor making this show a bit special, is that this will be our last local Indy appearance for some time. The reason being that our rhythm guitarist Patrick and his wife Kathie will be moving to San Diego, CA the day after this show. They have been hoping to move to California for a while, and the time was finally right. We are truly happy for them, as it's an amazingly beautiful place. But we are also a bit sad for us, as Patrick has been an integral part of the Madeira family for three years now, and what a three years it's been! HOWEVER! All is not lost, as Patrick will continue to provide his signature lightning-fast strum and that big wet reverb chunk for our band. He will fly back to Indy every so often so we can continue - cause it just wouldn't be the same without our Patrick! We will still play the scheduled Lafayette, IN show in April, and we have a couple of summer engagements that are currently in the planning. And we still hope to record the follow-up to Sandstorm at some point this year, hopefully in the Fall. Still, his physical distance will necessitate some adjustments and we will be forced to cut back on our live engagements. All the more reason to make sure that you come see us this Saturday!
Have a great Spring (may it get here SOON), and we hope to see many of you this Saturday!
Thanks to those of you that came to the Melody Inn show on January 26th. It was a big success, and we DEFINITELY won over the mostly-surf-uneducated crowd, who, it’s safe to say, were simply blown away. Expect more of these mixed bills in the future given how well this one went.
Our “Live Track of the Week” giveaway is now finished. It’s been a lot of fun to do, and has gotten more people to check out our websites and introduce them to our music. The winners were:
Alexander Hoffman (Valley Village, CA)
Joel Edwards (Redlands, CA)
Douglas Paulin (Ventura, CA)
Adam Smith (Wallsand, Australia)
Steven Van Brussel (Destelbergen, Belgium)
Patrick LeJenue (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
Gil Romero (Denver, CO)
We have put up all six live tracks (plus a bonus!) on our website now, so you can listen to them to your heart’s content!
The next show will be at Mo’s Loading Dock in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 10th. We are hoping to have a couple of special surprises that show. One thing which we will not keep as a surprise is that we will very likely unveil several new songs that night, maybe as many as six, all destined to make our next album! We hope to see you there! Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your winter – may it be mild!
Things have been a bit quiet on the Madeira front lately, so we thought we'd fill you in on what's going on. First of all, we have a show coming up on Friday, January 26th at the Melody Inn in Indy. We'll be playing with three other non-surf (though, we're told, very good) bands. Stay tuned for more info on that.
Second, we have been hard at work on new songs for our second full-length CD. So far we have six new originals that are either more-or-less finished or close, and a few others that are still gestating. Also, we selected two rare covers for the next CD, as well. We're very excited about the new material, and fully expect the next CD to be a worthy follow-up to Sandstorm.
Third, we've revamped our web sites a little bit. Our MySpace site now has two different songs from Sandstorm (Burning Mirage and El Caliph), so for those of you that still haven't purchased the CD you can now hear a bit more of it for free. Also, we added two live videos: Ricochet, from Sandstorm, and Surf Fidelis, one of our new originals. As far as our main website, we just added a live track from our July show at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museaum - Dick Dale's Night Rider. Check them out - we hope you like them.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to announce a giveaway. Here is how it works. Every week for the next six weeks we will put a different live track on this website. Take a listen to the live track of the week and then go to our MySpace site and leave a comment, mentioning the song by name. Each monday one person who left a comment about the live track of the week will be selected at random to receive a copy of our 'Ruins' CD-EP. The giveaway is now open, so check out the current live track of the week and leave us a comment to become eligible for the giveaway. The first winner will be selected Monday, December 18th, and then every Monday after that for five weeks. Good luck!
That's all. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope to see many of you in 2007!