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March 05, 2005

Several reviews were added to the press section.

– Brian

February 19, 2005

Go to the press section and check out an interview with Ivan Pongracic that was featured in the Hillsdale Collegian.

– Brian

January 29, 2005

Another mp3 has been posted! The song is called Burning Mirage and it kills! Go to the songs section and check it out!

– Brian

January 22, 2005

I’ve just received updated recordings of the mp3’s from Ivan. These were taken from a recent rehearsal session. Go to the songs section and check them out!

– Brian

January 12, 2005

We've had a very good Fall, with several shows and a bunch of new songs added to the setlist. Our next show is on Saturday, 22nd of January, in Ivan and Scott's place of residence, the glorious Hillsdale, Michigan! We hope some of you will be there. After this show the band will take some time off to allow Dane AND Scott to help their wives deliver their new babies! This will the second for both of them. Big congratulations! Look for us again in May or June, once our rhythm section has caught up a bit on sleep. Meanwhile, we have some exciting additions and changes planned for the site, including some new songs plus a few surprises. Stay put and please check back often. Thanks, and we hope you have a great winter and Spring!

– Ivan

November 03, 2004

Hello all; After a brief down-time, The Madeira will be playing a couple of shows over the next month or so. We’ll be playing our first all-ages show on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, with longtime local faves RED LEADER (not a surf band), among others. This is a somewhat last-minute addition to our schedule. The show will take place at BUBBA’S BOWLING CLUB (what a name!!) in downtown Indy, and we’ll be going on very early, between 7 and 8pm.

The band has been hard at work on some new original material, and we will probably unveil some of it at this event! A bit down the road, we have the return of the 'SURF ROCK NIGHT’! The MELODY INN will be hosting a special encore presentation of 'SURF ROCK NIGHT,’ which will be held on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10th. Joining the Madeira will be the premier American SHADOWS tribute band THE TROUBADOURS, as well as the not-so-surfy-but-still-really-fun-and-rockin’-in-a-sorta-surfy-way DESTINATION: EARTH! Check out some video footage of the Madeira and Destination: Earth! from the last 'SURF ROCK NIGHT’ here. Hope to see some of you at the shows, and please invite as many others as possible!

– Ivan

September 06, 2004

I've updated the page with photos and videos from the second gig on August 6th. Scroll down and check them out!

– Brian

August 04, 2004

I’ve just received 5 new MP3’s from the band. Cordoba and El Caliph are brand new to the site. The rest (Express to Bagdad, Intruder, and The Victor) are updated recordings of the songs previously found here. Don’t forget the second show this Friday!

– Brian

May 07, 2004

Here are two more tracks to check out, both from the same (first) practice session. The first is Dick Dale's rarely heard The Victor. The second is Dilmohammed by The Treble Spankers from Holland. The Treble Spankers were one of the best surf bands of the nineties, and they are sorely missed. We hope we did both DD and them justice with our versions of these great songs.

– Ivan

April 29, 2004

Hi, this is Ivan Pongracic, formerly of The Space Cossacks and currently of the Troubadours. I'm extremely happy to introduce my new surf band, The Madeira. The Madeira has Dane Carter on drums, Scott Waddell on bass, Patrick O'Connor on rhythm guitar, and myself on lead guitar. Dane and Scott are also in the Troubadours with me, and Patrick is also the lead guitar player in Destination: Earth! from Indianapolis (D:E! is still together and they'll continue to subjugate the Earthlings throughout the Midwest).

We spent a weekend in mid-April practicing for the first time, and sparks were flying! I can honestly say that I have never played with a finer group of musicians than this, and I'm just giddy with excitement over the possibilities. I'm also really happy to be getting back to surf music proper after playing only Shadows covers for the last four years (the Troubadours, BTW, will also continue). We fully intend to make this an original band and we're already working on three new originals with more to come soon. But for now it's mostly covers, though not your usual covers. We'll be doing some Space Cossacks stuff, some New World Relampagos, some rarer first wave things and even some third wave songs by The Treble Spankers and the Surf Coasters. Oh, and then there's that Paco de Lucia cover! We're aiming to develop the whole North African (Morocco, etc.) and Southern Spain (Andalucia, flamenco stuff) connection to the surf sound - that's the MO. Still keeping the feet firmly planted in the trad sounds, but with the eyes aimed at the horizons, trying to peer a bit beyond. It promises to be interesting, if nothing else!

This site is very bare at the moment, but there are two mp3s available for download. Both songs are covers: "Express to Bagdad" originally by The Atlantics (from '64) and "Intruder" originally by the Surf Coasters. The first seemed quite topical as well as effectively showcasing the band chops, and the second is just a mind-blowing tune that seemed like a really nice challenge - hopefully we lived up to it! The recording is from our first practice session in a very hi-fi-hostile environment. It was recorded in Dane's basement with bare hard walls and the sound bouncing all over the place. In addition, we could only record on two tracks so we had two mics for four instruments. (Yes, that's what they call an ambient recording.) And to top it off, we didn't really have the time to ensure the best mic instrument balance, and as a result the rhythm guitar got buried (fortunately Patrick set up the recording so he can't claim a conspiracy to keep him quiet! :). But we're quite pleased by the results, and it'll give you some idea of what this band is all about. We hope to have a few more mp3s from the same practice session to put up in the next few days.

Finally, we would like to announce our first gig. It'll be on Saturday, June 5th, at Zanies Too in Indianapolis, with The Volcanos and the Troubadours (the same venue where the Troubadours played with Destination: Earth! and the Nebulas last year). So, you'll get the hard-driving exotic-tinged surf of the Madeira, groovy trad surf of the near-legendary Volcanos AND the finest (well, the only) American Shadows cover band! Consider this an invitation for people from all over the country - we'll try to make it a memorable show and worth your airfare or long hours on the road! I hope at least a few of you can make it.

Thanks for reading and listening, and hope to see all of you over the next few years.

– Ivan