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CD Review – The Debut EP by New Madrid

Fiery, artsy, adrenalizing, original rock from Brooklyn. New Madrid have two guitars, bass and drums, purposeful lyrics that alternate between Spanish and English and a relentlessly tuneful melodic attack. There seems to be a 90s rock en Espanol influence although there’s definitely a classic art-rock vibe going on too. The first track, Soberano (Sovereign) is dramatic, with drums one step removed from We Will Rock You on the intro before they launch into flamenco-inflected rock with echoes of the theatrical Mexican outfit El Tri: “Lead us through the night!” This one sets the stage for the rest of the tracks, capped with a casually savage, layered electric guitar outro.

Track two, Vesicant is funky like Rage Against the Machine at their most Sabbath-esque but more tuneful: “My hate could last forever…I’ll kill you with my own hands.” Again, there’s a fat sunbaked bluesmetal solo. The third cut, Pure starts out as a trip-hop ballad with sparse, reggaeish bass, building to a swaying anthem with a twin guitar solo and then gracefully back down again. The ep ends with I’ll Find My Way, fast and anthemic, the poppiest track here. They hit a quick crescendo and then they’re out. Proof that there’s just as much great stuff as there is shit coming out of Brooklyn. If this ep – available for free download at the band’s myspace at the link above – is any indication then they probably kick ass live. New Madrid play the Cameo Gallery out back of the Loving Cup Cafe in Williamsburg on August 15 at 9.

July 8, 2009 - Posted by | Music, music, concert, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I saw these guys play a packed house at Pianos recently and you’ve got the right idea about them; they rocked. The band was tight, the lead singer is endearingly charismatic (not BK-hipster-too-cool), and it’s the kind of show where you don’t have to know all the songs to enjoy them. I didn’t know them, yet I did enjoy them.

    Comment by a | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. I WAS AT THAT SHOW TOO!! i was there to see another band but saw new madrid and they were sooo good…and the singer was cute ; ) def seeing them again

    Comment by Natasha | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. I thought the drummer was the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by Megan Fox | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. Can I have the drummer’s number, address, and/or twitter account name…HE IS HOT!!!

    Comment by Jamie J. Jenkins | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Well I read somewhere they were playing at BB King’s on Sept 7th with other bands ya’ll. I saw them at their EP debut party at arlene’s and I was hooked instantly. The drummer was fantastic, the singer has some massive pipes; and I am an opera singer….he has power, the bassist was imperative and the guitarist attacked like no other…..I am seriously going to see them at BB King’s.

    Comment by Arnaldo Figueroa | August 21, 2009 | Reply

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