Madaila Set to Release 'Traces' Nov. 4th

Article Contributed by Mixtape Media | Published on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Buzzing Vermont psych-pop quintet Madaila will release their sophomore effort “Traces” on November 4th, 2016.  The band’s sophomore release comes fresh off of their incredibly successful hometown music festival in Burlington -- Madaila on Main -- and recent dates opening for BØRNS, Head & The Heart, Matisyahu and Big Gigantic.  In celebration of the release of “Traces” Madaila will join Twiddle on October 27th at Brooklyn Bowl.

Early praise for the band has been garnered by the likes of Pancakes and Whiskey who cheer, “If you haven’t heard of Madaila yet, that’s about to change in a big way.” Elmore Magazine raves, “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.” Burlington’s weekly newspaper, Seven Days exclaims, [of “Traces”], “you should stop what you're doing right now and listen to it.” PerhapsMusic Box Pete sums it up best, “I'm definitely a passenger on board their musical mothership, and what these guys have going on is truly special, unique, and unlike anything else I've ever heard before.”

Madaila was formed in 2014 by band leader Mark Daly (lead vocals, guitar) and his childhood friend, Eric Maier (vocals, keys) from the ashes of their indie band, Chamberlin. Chamberlin garnered success in their home state of Vermont and with a successful run opening for Grace Potter, who became a friend and champion their music. Madaila’s second show was at an after party for Potter’s Grand Point North festival in 2014. The following September, the band played the fest’s main stage alongside Potter, Shakey Graves and The Flaming Lips.

Madaila is rounded out by fellow Vermonters Jer Coons (bass, vocals) who produced both of the band’s records alongside Daly and Maier, Dan Ryan (drums) and Willoughby Morse (guitars, synths, vocals). Despite their roles in the live band, each member of Madaila is an accomplished drummer.

On the band, their unique (and fun) outfits and their overall vibe, Eric Maier explains, “This approach ties in with our philosophy of what we want Madaila to be about—creating an environment, even for a short time, where people can unearth a weird, fun part of themselves that normally is kept inside. On a larger level, such an event can be an expression of collaborative activity and joy.”

Madaila has spent the fall of 2016 supporting Earphunk and will celebrate the release of “Traces” at Brooklyn Bowl October 27th opening for Twiddle.