Friday, March 6
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that New Madrid calls Athens, Georgia home with such a long roster of prominent acts hailing from the ethereal small town. They uphold a subconscious reverence to the art inflected musical sounds of their hometown, but exist in a world entirely their own.
While attending the University of Georgia, lead vocalist Phil McGill started playing with bandmates Graham Powers, Ben Hackett, and Alex Woolley while home in Tennessee for the Summer. A long distance recording project quickly formed, culminating in their 2012 release Yardboat. That album release came 3 days after their moving into a communal barn house a couple miles north of downtown Athens. After touring extensively in support of their debut effort, they signed to New West Records. The groups sound was growing beyond the saturated rock-heavy scene of the southeast. They continued to work with renowned producer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, and Sugar) for their break-through and critically-acclaimed release Sunswimmer. From there forward, the pieces fell into their own groove - a number of tours across the country and continued experimentation with their sound. No two shows ever being the same. They explored further the driving post punk sounds and sonic walls of noise they were making on the road with their third album, magnetkingmagnetqueen.
Since the bands inception, they've played over 600 shows across North America and Europe, released three studio albums and one live EP, and honed their wheelhouse sound that ranges from explorative and reverb-lathered twang to escapist indie drive. The group chemistry at the center of it all. Walking on a tightrope between the astral grooves of Spiritualized and dreamy indie psych-rock of Allah-Lahs, New Madrid finds themselves in a comforting medium where their all-encompassing inclination hits stride on their forthcoming release. Where their swathing tendencies wandered into trance-like psychedelia, party-driving hops and Black Angels-esque yearning on previous releases, their newest recordings display a renewed focus on a deeper sound, an entirely new world but more closely connected to the songcraft of their debut, Yardboat. Four part harmonies in tow. It's their first recordings done with producer Drew Vandenberg. (Toro y Moi, Of Montreal, Mothers)