I think one of the things that makes me the saddest about this band is that they haven’t made enough songs yet. I’m usually super behind when it comes to enjoying bands (I only recently had something click in my brain that made me realise how awesome Twenty One Pilots are) so this is weird for me. I guess I can say “I knew them before they were big” if they ever get super famous–I’m rolling my eyes just thinking about those people. But it also means that there is potential for the band to go just about anywhere from here.
This is a four-piece rock band from Dallas: David Southern (Guitar/Vocals), Justin Jett (Guitar), Dustin Beck (Bass), and Michael Brazil (Drums). They’re influenced by rock/punk music from the 90’s and early 2000’s–you can certainly hear it in the grunge tone the Southern has in some of the heavier moments.
As far as I can tell, the band hasn’t been around for very long–their YouTube channel was only started September 19, 2018–and the three tracks below are the only music I was able to find as of writing this.
And with that, on to the music!
Fashionably Late (2019)
This is not to be mistaken for the Falling in Reverse song. Completely different vibes.
This is the first song I heard from Madrona–one of those songs that Spotify threw my way that I actually didn’t hate. In fact, I was jamming along with it pretty easily. This is just a feel-good song that I can picture myself putting on in the car and bopping along.
I absolutely love the guitar in this song. It stuck out to me the first time I listened to it and I can’t help but be drawn to it. This might have something to do with it reminding me of Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane and it took me a while to pinpoint why it sounded slightly familiar to me. Of course, the rest of the song is very different from that but I can’t un-hear the similarities (and now neither can you, mahahaha!).
I also really love the rasp on Southern’s voice once the chorus comes around–it just adds a new dynamic to an otherwise pretty mellow song.
Not Gonna Miss U (2019)
This is the song that got me really excited about this band–and, subsequently, is why I’m writing about them now. The instrumentation on this track is intense. From those starting little riffs, that has an almost Queens of the Stone Age vibe to it, only to slam into you with the drums and pounding electric guitar.
The vocals are more intense in this track too–letting Southern show off the rasp and distortion he can get out of his voice.
The bridge works really well in this track since it offers a moment in which the vocals and the instrumentation ease up before launching back into the chaos of the chorus.
If the rest of their music comes out like this than I’m definitely looking forward to a full album.
This is probably my least favourite song of the bunch and I still don’t hate it. It’s one of those tracks that I’m lukewarm about but, hey, that doesn’t make it a bad song by any means.
Overall, there is a very nostalgic feeling to this song which can be hit or miss for me. I’m not a very nostalgic person so unless it’s done very well it usually sounds incredibly corny, in my opinion. This song comes right at the border of corny so, while I don’t hate it, I’m pretty meh about it.
That being said, the vocals are solid and the instrumentation is good for what it is. Mostly I just find this song kind of boring. There’s not a lot going on in terms of dynamics–it stays on the same groove the whole time.
Like I said at the beginning: this band has a lot of space right now to go just about anywhere. I’m hoping that it stays on the rockier-side of things.
The vocals and instrumentation so far is pleasantly consistence with this band which isn’t always the case with younger bands–the vocals are usually a bit flat and the instruments are kind of chaotic and overdone. None of that seems to be happening with Madrona which has me excited to see what will happen once a full album has been released.