madaila – /mə deɪ lə/, [muh DEY luh] – proper noun – a psych-pop band from Burlington, VT.
Psych pop juggernaut Madaila is upbeat, synth-heavy, and catchy. Vocal skill and range are immediately apparent. But in the tradition of Prince and The Talking Heads, an ornateness and heaviness expose Madaila's complexity and depth. Tight arrangements and multi-instrumental performances showcase musical minds at work.
When Madaila is on stage, spontaneous expression and contagious melody coexist. The freakier elements of the band come to the surface as the five-piece explores the deeper possibilities lying within their concise-recorded material. The band’s improvisational power gives each song the capacity to have its form pushed to the edges of comfort, or uplifting peaks.
"Sweeping and orchestral in its unusual, drawn out format, Madaila calls to mind the gentle yearning of Bon Iver, but creates something fleshier, more psychedelic, skirting a line between beckoning you to the sweaty dance floor and begging you to simply tune in and drop out." - Elmore Magazine
"The city of Burlington supports [them] so much that Madaila performed their album release show not at a rock club, but at city hall." - Vice // Noisey
"If you haven't heard of Madaila yet, that's about to change in a big way." - Pancakes & Whiskey
"traces" Released: november 4th, 2016.
BUSINESS PERSON'S BACKGROUND:
Madaila is a 5-piece psych-pop outfit from Burlington, VT. After putting out their debut record through Future Fields in March 2015, VICE/Noisey featured the band at the top of a list of rising acts. Seven Days put Madaila in a category with Phish and Grace Potter after selling 700 tickets for a self-promoted Halloween 2015 show in an aquarium. The band generated additional buzz with large, self-promoted hometown shows held on a ferry, at Burlington’s City Hall, and at a fairgrounds. In September of 2016, the band shut down Main Street in downtown Burlington and brought 1000 people out for its inaugural Madaila on Main festival featuring Lady Lamb, Marco Benevento & others. In September of 2017, the band upped the ante on the same block with a bill including Turkuaz, Caroline Rose, & Wild Adriatic.
Madaila signed with Madison House for booking in 2016 and released their sophomore album, "Traces", in November. During this cycle the band made stops at Paste and Relix Magazine, who premiered a single from "Traces" and featured them as "On The Verge" in December. The band's 2017 Winter Tour took them to Colorado, highlighted by successful shows at The Fox in Boulder and The Bluebird in Denver. Summer 2017 was filled with national touring and festivals such as Comedy Central's Clusterfest, Summer Camp, Frendly Gathering.
Madaila has shared the stage with artists such as The Flaming Lips, Nathaniel Rateliff, BØRNS, Grace Potter, Twiddle, Shakey Graves, Mac DeMarco, Big Gigantic, Delicate Steve, Deer Tick, Matisyahu and Rubblebucket; and played at festivals such as Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Grand Point North, Waking Windows, Otis Mountain & Burlington Discover Jazz. Madaila's affiliation with the Future Fields has provided further opportunities for growth and exposure. The artist-run label and management group is based in Burlington and includes Iron Eyes Cody, LuxDeluxe, Zac Clark, Willverine, Erin Cassels-Brown & The Precepts.
The band has been accused of having an alter-ego called The Medallions, a claim which it vigorously denies.
"To our fellow business people, thank you for listening! We are in this for the long haul and value our instincts and principle of self-direction. At the same time we wouldn't be here without the many growing and changing relationships that help us along our Righteous Neon Warpath. Let's collab!"
LIVE, ON STAGE:
We are not The Medallions. Here is a picture of them anyway.