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January 13, 2006

Yesterday Dane, our drummer, did something very drummer-like - he fell of a bike and broke his arm. The doctor put him in a sling and a splint for two weeks, and told him no drumming for 4-6 weeks. He should be fine after that, but the upshot is that the Madeira will not be playing our Indianapolis CD release show on the 27th.

We don't know yet if the club will want to cancel the show or proceed with it anyway, with Destination: Earth! and the Reluctant Aquanauts, and maybe add one more band. Stay tuned, and we will let you know as soon as we find out.

We're all very disappointed, as you can imagine, especially since this was our CD release show. But we very much hope we can reschedule it once Dane is fully healed. We will keep you posted.

You can send get-well greetings to Dane (if any of you are inclined to do so) at

– Ivan

December 30, 2005

I’m very happy to announce that the official release show for our new CD 'Sandstorm’ (Double Crown) will take place on FRIDAY, JANUARY 27th at The Melody Inn, in Indianapolis. Also performing will be Chicago’s trad-meisters THE RELUCTANT AQUANAUTS (their first appearance in Indianapolis) and Vector Sigma’s DESTINATION: EARTH! (their first public performance for the citizens of the third planet in over a year!!) This is gonna be a fun, fun, FUN show, and you should not miss it! Book those flights now, get on the train, start hitch-hiking, whatever it takes! :) Of course, I’m kidding, but we do hope to see at least some of you at this show. For show details, head over to the shows page.

– Ivan

December 17, 2005

Our new CD Sandstorm is now available from Double Crown Records! Please check the Merchandise page for ordering information.

December 01, 2005

The Best of the Space Cossacks Cover

Ivan’s old band The Space Cossacks launch into orbit AGAIN! November 15th unveiled “Never Mind The Bolsheviks – The Best of the Space Cossacks” on MuSick Recordings. It features 24 songs, culled from their two now-out-of-print albums as well as some previously unreleased and live tracks. Check out more info about it at the Space Cossacks’ new website (soon to be fully updated).

– Ivan

November 12, 2005

Sandstorm Cover

We’re rapidly approaching the official release of our debut CD, titled "Sandstorm"! It will be available December 13th from the Double Crown website and soon after from iTunes, and other internet retailers.

Sandstorm Track Listing:

  1. Sun & Sand
  2. Sandstorm!
  3. Cordoba
  4. El Caliph
  5. Burning Mirage
  6. Rogue Wave
  7. The Secret Route
  8. Desert Drums
  9. Ricochet
  10. Crescent Moon
  11. Across the Dunes
  12. Express To Baghdad
  13. The Oasis
We will have a CD release show at the The Melody Inn on Friday, January 27th. More details are to come. In the meantime, you can check out the sister magazine of Double Crown Records, The Continental, issue #12, which features our studio recording of The Treble Spankers’ "Dilmohammed" on its sampler CD as well as my interview with the remarkable Norwegian surf band The Beat Tornados, The issue also has a great interview with Satan’s Pilgrims as well as an amazing collection of songs on the sampler CD, including cuts by Phantom Frank (The Phantom Four, ex-Treble Spankers), The Nebulas, The Beat Tornados, The Bitch Boys, Pollo Del Mar, The Cocktail Preachers, The Space Cossacks, The Sellcancers, and many, many more. The issue is available from the Double Crown website. Enjoy the Fall, and check back often for more news.

– Ivan

November 01, 2005

Just posted some pics of the Halloween show at the Melody Indy. Head over to the photos section to check them out!

– Brian

October 12, 2005

We agreed to let an Indy indie webzine Jake Magazine use two of our tracks (Cordoba and Burning Mirage) for their October issue. So, if you want to hear an album preview, go here:

– Ivan

September 24, 2005

Hello everyone! Sorry for the long delay in news updates. We’ve had a very busy and productive couple of months. The July shows in Indy and Chicago were a big success, and we got a fantastic reception – big thanks to all of you that came out for those. If you weren’t there check out the Videos and Photos to see what things were like. Quite a surf party!

Following these two shows we were completely focused on one task: recording our debut CD. We recorded all the tracks (17 altogether!) on July 29th and 30th, with only a few overdubs added later. Since then we have been busy trying to get the mixes right. We ended up abandoning all the mixes we did on July 31st, and starting from scratch on August 20th and 21st. These were MUCH better. We returned to the studio for some tweaks on September 21st, and the mixes are almost completely done at this point. One more hour in the studio will do it, and we hope to do that very soon. The recordings turned out extremely well, powerful and energetic, and we can’t wait for the CD to be out. Ferenc (Dobronyi, of Pollo Del Mar ) is currently working on the artwork, and we hope to have everything completed in the next three weeks. Double Crown Records is shooting for a mid-December release date, which seems an eternity away! But it’ll be here before we know it. (Incidentally, we decided to take four of the recorded tracks for a future EP release rather than including them on the CD – otherwise, it would have been almost an hour long. Stay tuned for more info about that.) Finally, we have another Indy show coming up. On Friday, October 28th we’ll be returning to the coolest live-music venue in Indy, the historic The Melody Inn. We’ll be playing with three non-surf bands, so it’ll be chance to spread the 'gospel’ to the infidels! We hope you can join us for that. Our next show after that will hopefully be the CD-release show, sometime in December or January. That’s it for the moment. Enjoy your Fall, and check back frequently for the updates on the progress of the CD. PS Please check out our new Buy section where you’ll find some brand new Madeira t-shirts and stickers for sale. Hope you like 'em!

– Ivan

April 29, 2005

We recently had a major shake-up in the band line-up. Due to increasing family obligations, Scott Waddell has departed the Madeira. We wish him all the best in the future, and will miss playing with him. We were fortunate enough to find another talented bass player with a love of the reverbed sounds in the person of Todd Fortier. Todd is from Indianapolis, and has been playing bass for over twenty years. He loves his bass gear, and has played many different styles of music over the years. This is his first surf music band and we are greatly looking forward to reaching new milestones with him in our ranks, including recording our debut CD, slated for July. Todd’s premiere performance with us will be on lucky Friday the 13th (of May) in Hillsdale, Michigan. Stay tuned for more news about both Todd as well as our upcoming recording session. New gigs! Head over to the shows page and check them out!

– Ivan

March 05, 2005

Several reviews were added to the press section.

– Brian