Madina Lake brings fresh riffs to Headliners on May 7Written by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people hate the idea of pop music, mainly because it is popular. But pop is popular for a reason and pop-rockers Madina Lake will play Headliners May 7.
Supporting its 2009 “Attics to Eden” release, Madina Lake is touring heavily and bringing some genre-mutilating material. Listening to what the band has online (myspace.com/madinalake) it’s easy to hear elements of Muse, Jimmy Eat World, AMP, even Methods Of Mayhem and Rage Against The Machine. Blending these various styles and tones, Madina Lake crafts some potent songs.
Guitarist Mateo Camargo, drummer Dan Torelli, bassist Matthew Leone and vocalist Nathan Leone are four exceptionally talented musicians and the songs they write make their sound hard to define and near impossible to categorize.
Yes, they wear makeup and their clothes may not fit “right,” but don’t let the trendy haircuts and the choice of clothing fool you. These Roadrunner-signed musicians write some impressively catchy riffs and melodies. “Let’s Get Outta Here” for example, is bananas. With a big Rage-esque, simplistic intro that opens wide into a massive, grinding riff with bounce, it’s clear these guys can put some heavy tracks together.
“Legends” starts with a crowd-bouncing bass line and infectious drum pattern that gives their audience something to clap to. Vocally, there is a unique balance of cadence and melody that really gets the head noddin’. Breaking into the pre-chorus, large and aggressive guitars drive the theme home and quickly phrased vocals lead into an enormous hook that many bands would kill to write.
Formulaically, Madina Lake knows what gets the crowd moving and what gets melodies stuck in your head. They seem to write within the realm of four-four timing and there are no massive shreds or anything over the top. Beauty resides within simplicity.
On the other hand, these guys aren’t afraid to experiment with song structure, tone or effects. “Never Walk Alone” is something of an abstract piece. Not to say this is a Pink Floyd, spaced-out instrumental, but the way the song breathes from start to finish is something rock fans rarely hear any more. Big drums open the track and a little guitar feedback makes way for some sickening guitars. Squeals, stutters and tone like this haven’t been created since Tom Morello quit Rage Against The Machine.
Many people refuse to admit they like pop music, but if you like well crafted, catchy rock, you need to be at Headliners May 7. Doors for the Madina Lake show open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Culture Clash, Ramalama Records or any Ticketmaster outlet for $12. Tickets at the door are $15.