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!
Hello all. We hope you are all having a great summer. Ours has been amazing so far! First of all, our California tour was a huge success! We played to a lot of people, sold a lot of CDs, and had a great, great time. A lot more people know about the Madeira than before – mission accomplished! Check out four pages (!) of reviews (many of them positively raving) on Surf Guitar 101. We hope to post our own tour report soon, as well. Keep an eye on our website for that.
Second, Ruins, our new CD-EP is now available from Double Crown, and will soon be available through most internet retailers.
Third, Pipeline Rock Instrumental Magazine from the UK, the oldest and most respected surf/instro music zine, has a lengthy interview with Ivan in their newest issue (#71, Summer 2006), talking about both the Madeira and the Space Cossacks. In addition, they gave “Sandstorm” a raving reviewAND both editors, Dave Burke and Alan Taylor, ranked “Sandstorm” second on their current favorites playlists! If you wish to purchase the issue in the USA, Double Crown has it for sale for only $6.75.
Fourth, we want to thank the organizers of the Atomic Frolic in Champaign, IL and Hot Rod Hula Hop II in Columbus, OH for including us. We had a great time, and we very much hope that both festivals will continue running for many years to come. We definitely appreciated both the professionalism as well as sheer heaploads of fun at both fantastic events. Anytime you want us to come again, just holler!
Finally, we revamped the Videos page of our website. All the videos are now available on YouTube, and are linked to there from our site. We also added a few new videos. We hope you like what you see.
Our “All That’s Left Are Ruins” California Tour begins in just a few weeks! We will be playing eight shows between July 21st and July 30th, starting in San Diego, finishing in San Francisco, and hitting many stops along the way (for a complete listing of the gigs, click on the Shows button on the left). Joining us will be nearly a 'who’s who’ of modern surf music, including Slacktone (for three shows), Pollo Del Mar, Insect Surfers, The Pyronauts, The Neptunes, The Glasgow Tiki Shakers, and The Sand Devils.
Double Crown Records will be releasing our brand-new, 5-track CD-EP“Ruins” just in time for the tour. The official release will be in August, but you will be able to buy the CD from us at our California shows. This is an all-covers release, with the following tracks:
The total length is close to 15 minutes. These tracks were recorded last summer during the “Sandstorm” sessions, and they reflect some of our influences and our appreciation of fellow purveyors of exotic and hard-hitting surf music.
We very much hope we will get to see many of you this month. Have a great summer!
On Sunday, February 19th DJ Tom Stanger will be devoting much of his one-hour show Beyondo Mondo Record Party to the music of the Madeira and the Space Cossacks. You can hear his show at 11 pm EST on 91.3 from Akron, OH, or you can listen online at www.913thesummit.com. Tune in and check it out, it's gonna be rockin'!
Also, for those of you still in the Valentine's Day mood, we can recommend the world's only 'zombie romance' movie Zombie Honeymoon! This is an highly-acclaimed indie movie (five stars on Amazon) that was released on DVD on Valentine's Day, and has a soundtrack chock-full of surf-music, including the Space Cossacks' "Black Sand"! Other surf bands featured are the Fathoms, Los Mel-Tones, the Brimstones, and a few others.
(For more multimedia with good music, pick up "Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer" video game, with a soundtrack featuring the Space Cossacks' "Solaris Stomp", in addition to songs by other well-known surf musicians such as Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Perry Farrell...?)
We got a couple of nice write-ups in Indianapolis press recently. IndianapolisMusic.net chose the Madeira as their Artist Of The Week, and ran a lengthy story on us. It was supposed to tie in to our CD release show on 1/27, but alas, as you know, no show for us. However, we'll still happily take the publicity! IndyMusic.net is also running an Artist Of The Week ad in Nuvo, one of two Indianapolis free weeklies. Check out the article here. As they say, when it rains, it pours! Here's the other feature, in the InTake Weekly, the other Indianapolis free weekly magazine.