We are very very pleased to let you know about the imminent release of Brave New Surf (Double Crown Records), a new compilation of modern surf music, with a brand new Madeira track! This is a collection of the best of modern instrumental surf music from around the world, compiled by Madeira’s own Ivan Pongracic, as well as Sean Berry, the head of Double Crown Records. It features 20 tracks by surf bands from around the world, all from 2008 or later, four tracks being previously unreleased. Among those is the Madeira’s “Witch Doctor.” Here’s the full tracklist (with the previously unreleased tracks in italics):
El Supernaut – Wonderman from Intiö
Los Twang! Marvels – Sea of Glory
El Ray – Cherry Cheeks
The Coffin Daggers – Borgo Pass
Aqualads – Washout
The TomorrowMen – Momentium
The Phantom Four – El Palmero
Atomic Mosquitos – Mosquito Royale
Los Kahunas – 7 Mares
The Bambi Molesters – As the Dark Wave Swells
The Barbwires – La Caja del Muerto
Frankie & the Pool Boys – Ewa on the Beach
The Thunderchiefs – Estratosfera
The Secret Samurai – The Khazar
The Madeira – Witch Doctor
The Eliminators – Walking Tall
Surfer Joe – The North Swell
The Deadbeats – Karabasan
Daikaiju – Laser Runner
The Anacondas – Floating Home
The CD will get a huge promotional push by the label, as our goal is to get it in the hands of as many radio shows, press outlets, zines, blogs, etc., as possible in order to expose the maximum number of people to the creativity, vibrancy and excitement of the modern surf scene. A Kickstarter campaign intended to raise some extra promotional funds was kicked off last night, and has reach the minimum goal of $300 within the first 12 hours! However, any extra money raised by the campaign will also go towards promotion, allowing the label to send more copies to more media outlets, so if you are interested in supporting the modern surf music scene, please consider donating.
There is also a new dedicated website for this release (BraveNewSurf.com) which features samples of the songs, band videos, plus a lot of information about the comp and the bands involved.
We think this is an extremely exciting project which could potentially expose many more people to our favorite music and build up our audience. We hope you will pick up the CD, maybe give a bit of money for promotion – and maybe even pick up a few extra copies to stuff in the stockings of your family and friends!
Also, we will play our final show of the year at the Melody Inn on Friday, December 2nd. We’ll be playing with two non-surf bands, which is always fun – we get to mix it up and play our music to a new audience. The other bands are excellent, and it promises to be a very fun night! We hope some of you can join us – here are the details:
Friday, December 02, 2011 The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 317-923-4707 With: Deadbeat Darling (from NYC) and Dream Thieves (from Iowa City) Doors at 9 pm, show at 10 pm (the Madeira goes on second, around 11 pm) $5
This will be our last show until the CD release show on March 2nd. The album is currently being mixed. Stay tuned for more info about all this soon.
Happy holidays, and hope to see you on Friday! And hope you all like Brave New Surf, and our new track on there!
We set up our own YouTube channel, with playlists grouping different special shows and events, as well as collecting pretty much all the Madeira videos currently on YouTube (77, if we counted correctly!). Check it out, and if you like it, please subscribe. We hope to be adding some comments and reminisces to each playlist in the upcoming weeks. It’s also a nice way to see us changing through the past seven years (some of the really early videos are a trip to watch now).
A quick heads-up to let you know that Thomas Duncan, the producer/director of the upcoming surf music documentary Sound of the Surf has just released another video of the Madeira, this time of Sandstorm.
This comes from the 2008 SoCal studio shoot where we also did Crescent Moon, one of our most viewed videos on YouTube. We shot a total of seven or so songs on that session, and we hope they all eventually see the light of day. But we certainly can’t fault Tom for taking some time to release it when the final results are so great!
We hope you all made it through the nasty winter mostly unscathed, and are looking forward to the warmer weather ahead! It can’t be here soon enough! Hard to believe it’s been almost eight months since the last official update, so here’s a long-overdue one on the latest developments in the Madeira camp.
The big news is that we will be recording our third full-length album this summer! The studio is booked, and the songs are almost ready. We are very excited about the new songs, and have been playing six of them at our recent shows – see videos on our site’s front page, recorded in February at Mahogany’s in Latonia, KY (Cincinnati suburb), our most recent show, which incidentally was a blast!! Cincinnati has become Surf City Midwest, with monthly all-surf shows at Mahogany’s and the Rockin’ & Surfin’ Show every Saturday from 6-8 pm on WAIF 88.3, hosted by Rockin Rick and The Midwest Surf Guy. They’ve really built a great surf music scene in a somewhat unlikely location, and we thank them for inviting us to play there. We definitely hope to be back this Fall.
In more personal news, Todd will soon be getting married to an absolutely wonderful woman – and also a Madeira fan! (The two inevitably go together, of course. :) ) Todd and Kristin will be tying the knot on June 4th. We couldn’t be happier for them, and we wish them a wonderful life together (which is pretty much guaranteed since it’s rare to see two people better suited for each other)!
Also, Patrick continues to get a great deal of attention with his awesome new Star-Trek-themed band, Five Year Mission and their debut CD “Year One”, and we highly recommend that you check them out live if at all possible. And don’t forget Patrick’s other two bands, the Shake Ups and Destination: Earth!, both of which also continue to gig AND have imminent new releases – we have no idea how he’s able to do it all!! It’s mind-boggling!
Due to these major developments in Todd’s and Patrick’s lives, as well as us getting ready to record the new album, we will not play out very much this summer. We have a gig coming up in eleven days in Cleveland (more on that below), but then nothing for four months, until the end of August, when we’ll be back at The Mel. But what we may lack in quantity, we’ll make up for in quality with the Cleveland gig! This is going to be one for the history books, as we’re playing with our friends, the iconic Volcanos from Detroit! This is our first show with them in five years, they’ve been on a bit of a hiatus for the past few years, but I’m sure we speak for surf music fans around the world when we say that it’s GREAT to have them back! We’ll be returning to the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, where we had a fantastic show with the Cocktail Preachers in October.
April 30, 2011 Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio www.beachlandballroom.com 216-383-1124 With: The Volcanos Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door.
Eric Moore, the man behind the “Induct Link Wray Into the Rock’n'Roll Hall of Fame” campaign, has been giving Cincinnati a run for its money by booking regular surf shows in Cleveland. With the support of the Big Surf radio show on WOBC 91.5 on Tuesdays, 6-8 pm, hosted by Tom Hinders, Cleveland has developed a dedicated group of surf music fans which received us very enthusiastically this past October, and we’re thrilled to be returning there for what is sure to be another great surf show! (Between the growing surf scenes in Cleveland and Cincinnati, the Hot Rod Hula Hop festival in Columbus, and the Surf Ohio FesTiki festival in Dayton, Ohio is quickly – and most unexpectedly! – becoming a contender for the title of “California East” for surf music! God bless 'em, and we certainly hope this trend continues and grows!)
Have a great Spring and Summer, and we hope to return with another update in a few months with some good news about the next album!
After excitedly looking forward to the Surf Explosion weekend for months, it came and went – and left much exhilaration and exhaustion in its wake! We hope you were able to join us for this unforgettable weekend. Friday night was completely crazy, with Ivan pulling triple-duty, and Patrick and Dane pulling double-duty. But all the bands sounded really great, and we had a fantastic turnout, no doubt heavily aided by the nice press in Nuvo. If you stuck around all the way until the crazy-late end just before 3 am, you witnessed an once-in-a-lifetime event of the Madeira AND the Space Cossacks playing the song “Transylvanian Orbit” AKA “Ricochet” TOGETHER on the small Melody Inn stage! We never tried it before, there was no rehearsal, but we somehow pulled it off – see for yourselves!
The FesTiki festival in Dayton, OH the next day was dogged by a lot of rain throughout the day, but it had all gone away by 6 pm and the sun was shining as soon as the four top bands went on, only slightly behind schedule, the only downside being the astounding humidity! But it just made it feel more like a hot and sticky club show, which is familiar territory for us! We had a total blast playing the big stage with professional lighting and sound, and the audience was very into it! We really hope we can play this event again in the future, as it was truly something special. Even with the rain making things damp, it was simply remarkable to see all the vendors and all the decoration amid the beautiful scenery. We’re very grateful to Surf Ohio and the Fraternal Order of Moai for inviting us to play, we were honored to be there. (You can see some videos here and here, as well as some photos here and here)
Ivan’s summer reunion with the Space Cossacks has come to an end, and it was an unqualified success! They had a total of seven shows (Baltimore, Arlington, VA, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dayton, OH), and it was really wonderful to have the two bands play the last two shows together. Hopefully there will be more chances for that in the future. But now it’s time to get back to work on that next Madeira album! We hope to have that one out sometime next year, and we’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Meanwhile, we do have a couple of shows coming up this Fall: October 2nd in Cleveland, OH, and November 13th in Lafayette, IN (check our gigs page). We hope you’ll be able to join us for those, and who knows, we might break out another brand new song at one or both of these shows (as we did in Indy and Dayton with “Cities of Gold”).
Have a great rest of the Summer, and we hope you enjoy the Fall! Thanks again for coming, if you did, to any of our summer shows, whether in Atlanta, at the IMAX, the Mel or FesTiki!
We got some wonderful press in today’s Nuvo (Indianapolis’ free weekly city paper) – they did a full feature story on the Madeira! Check it out!
Just in time for our shows tomorrow night in Indy at the Melody Inn, and Saturday in Dayton, OH (the FesTiki festival)! We very much hope you will be able to join us for these two VERY special shows – see you this weekend!
Wow, another half a year flew by! The Madeira has been keeping busy playing shows in Chicago and Champaign, IL, as well as our first visit down South for two shows in Atlanta in late May (including the too-much-fun Bubbapalooza event held at the famous Star Bar, with the great Dex Romweber Duo also on the bill!). We also played the Indy premiere of the film “Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D” at the IMAX in mid-June, and they’ve returned the favor by playing the “Carpe Noctem” CD, as well as a short video clip plugging our band, before each showing of the film, so if you go see the movie there this summer, you’ll get to hear us on their amazing sound system accompanied by three-story-high pics of the band! (Brrrr – frightening!!)
When we found the time, we worked on new songs, two of which (Witch Doctor and Green Hell) we have been playing out already, and the third (Cities of Gold) we expect to premiere at our next show at the Melody Inn on Friday, August 13th. We’ve also been working on four other original songs plus two covers, so the next album is coming along very nicely, hopefully to be recorded and released next year.
Two of us have also been busy with other musical projects, Patrick mostly with the Shake Ups (who just returned from an East Coast tour) and Destination: Earth!, but also a brand new band Five Year Mission (stay tuned for more info about them), whereas Ivan reunited with his old surf band the Space Cossacks for their first shows since the year 2000, in Baltimore and Arlington, VA in May. The Cossacks are playing five more shows this summer, including three in California (one of them being the Third Annual Surf Guitar 101 Convention on Saturday, August 7th in Los Alamitos, CA) and two in Indiana and Ohio.
This leads us to the main point of this announcement: we have two VERY special shows coming up in just over two weeks. First will be “The Madeira All-In-The-Family Surf Explosion” show at our beloved Melody Inn on Friday, August 13th (brrr-frightening!!). This will be an once-in-a-lifetime event: the Madeira hosting an evening of surf music with special guests the Space Cossacks (featuring Ivan on lead guitar), Destination: Earth! (featuring Patrick on lead guitar) and the Troubadours (featuring Ivan on the lead guitar and Dane on the drums)!! This has never happened before, and probably never will again! We also have a few special tidbits planned for this show that will hopefully make it utterly unforgettable. The Indianapolis free weekly city paper Nuvo will be running a feature story on the Madeira the week of the show, and we greatly welcome and are very excited about this bit of publicity! The day after this show (so, Saturday, August 14th) the fun will continue in Dayton, OH at the second annual Surf Ohio FesTiki festival! The FesTiki is an all-day, family-friendly celebration of all things Exotica, held at the gorgeous and historic Old River Park – Dayton’s “vintage playground” – a 33-acre park encircled by a 1.5-mile scenic lagoon. There will be seven bands in total between 2 and 11 pm, playing surf, rockabilly and Polynesian music – the Madeira will be playing at 6:30 pm and the Space Cossacks will be headlining at 9 pm. There will also be hula and fire dancers, tiki carvers, retro vendors, a giant sand sculpture, tropical-themed bounce houses, vintage hot rod displays, and a cruise-in for pre-1970s cars, motorcycles and scooters, plus Polynesian-style cuisine and – of course – many coldm fruity drinks! There will be some serious press promoting this event and the organizers expect several thousand people to attend throughout the day! (Check out their website for any other info you may need.)
These two events are sure to be the best time you will have all summer long, so we really hope you can all join us for them! You will NOT regret it!
Finally, we already have some plans for this Fall, including playing in Cleveland for the first time (in October) and returning to Lafayette, IN (in November), so hopefully we’ll also see some of you at these shows. Who knows, we might unveil some more new songs and you wouldn’t want to miss that, right? ;)
We hope you are all enjoying the summer and to see you soon! Best regards,
On August 3rd, 2008, the day after the first SG101 convention, we played the Huntington Beach pier for the Huntington Beach International Surf Museum, along with Pollo Del Mar, the Aquasonics, Norm Cowell and the Surf Rockers, The Relix, and the Surftones. Tim “HBKahuna” Ferrill was kind enough to digitally record our entire set and give us the tape to do as we wish. We posted two videos from this show on YouTube about a year ago (Burning Mirage and Transatlantic Orbit), and now finally the rest of them are here. You can see the entire show in its original order by going to this playlist.
This was the setlist: SANDSTORM! CORDOBA EL CALIPH BURNINGMIRAGE UNDERCURRENTS THEVICTOR CRESCENTMOON TRANSATLANTICORBIT THESARACEN TANGAROA SURFFIDELIS ROGUEWAVE INTRUDER
(We replaced the older videos for Burning Mirage and Transatlantic Orbit, since Todd was able to upload them in much higher quality now.)
It was a really good show for us, as well as being an amazing day. (It’s especially nice to remember the beautiful weather and the perfect location as the heavy winds are scattering the snow and ice outside…) We hope you’ll enjoy it.
It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since the last news update! Wow, time flies….
First of all, we had an AMAZING time in Italy, especially playing the phenomenal Surfer Joe festival! So many great memories… (For some photos and reports go here and here) Massive thanks to Lorenzo Valdambrini for inviting us and taking extremely good care of us. We all very much hope we will be able to go back sooner rather than later!
And let’s not forget the Champaign show in May, which definitely ranks in our top five all-time-best shows – if not even at the very top! What a blast that was! Thanks to Jet Sterling and the entire Champaign crew for making this a very, very special show. (For some photos and reports go here)
You can see some great videos from both of these shows on our Videos page.
Second, there is great news to report: Patrick is back in Indy! After two and a half years in SoCal, he’s found his way back to his home state, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have him back! Look for many more shows in the IN/OH/IL/MI area in ’10 – as well as more activity by everyone’s favorite outer space surfers Destination: Earth!
Finally, we have one last show for ’09 – it’s again at our home away from home, the historic Melody Inn in Indy, on Friday, November 27th (the day after Thanksgiving), with the fantastic Leisure Kings and our friend Frankie Camaro. Come jump around, work up a sweat and get rid of some of those calories from the day before!
Hope to see you in just over three weeks – and a lot more in 2010!
We are extremely happy to announce the Madeira’s summer Italian tour! Through the unceasing efforts of Lorenzo Valdambrini, head of Surfer Joe Music (his surf music promotion organization), we will be playing seven shows in northern Italy between July 26th and August 1st. Here are the dates (with cities and clubs/events):
26 Jul – Livorno – Surfer Joe Summer Fest 27 Jul – La Spezia – La Skaletta 28 Jul – Trieste – Ausonia 29 Jul – San Marino – American Graffiti 30 Jul – Viareggio – Corsaro Rosso 31 Jul – Livorno – Effetto Venezia 1 Aug – Rosignano – Vespa Meeting
Our first show will be the headlining gig on the third and final night of the amazing Surfer Joe festival, featuring over the course of a weekend some of the very best surf bands in the world today, among them Pollo Del Mar, Los Twang! Marvels, the Kilaueas, Los Coronas, the Bradipos IV, Rev Hank of Urban Surf Kings, Lorenzo’s own band the Wadadli Riders, and at least another dozen others! Wow!
We’re extremely grateful to Lorenzo for working so hard to make this happen and offering us to play this incredible festival. He is probably the hardest working man in surf music today, putting his all into making surf music more visible and more accessible. A truly remarkable guy!
We have one more US show (possibly our final for the year) prior to our Italian trek: Saturday, May 30th in Champaign, IL with our dear friends, the always-fantastic Cocktail Preachers! (Incidentally, we’ll also be celebrating our fifth anniversary at this show, our first show having been on June 5th, 2004. Five years – wow, time flies when you’re having fun!) So, hope to see some US surf fans in Champaign in just over two weeks, and some Italian and Euro surf fans in Italy in July and August!