madaila – /mə deɪ lə/, [muh DEY luh] – proper noun – a psych pop band from Burlington, VT.

"traces" Released: november 4th, 2016.


Madaila is a 5-piece dance rock 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 Halloween 2015 show in an aquarium. The band generated additional buzz with large 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 for its inaugural Madaila on Main festival. Madaila signed with Madison House for booking in 2016 and released their sophomore album, "Traces", in November. In 2017, the band's Winter Tour took them to Colorado and back. A national tour is slated for this summer.

Madaila has shared the stage with artists such as The Flaming Lips, 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 based in Burlington includes Kelly Ravin, Iron Eyes Cody, & The Precepts.




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. 

Live, In Studio:

Paste Studios - New York, NY (2016)

2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Submission - Live "Casio Symphony" Performance