Razor & Tie is excited to announce the addition of Madina Lake to its expanding rock roster. The band has completed work on its new studio album, World War III, set to be released in the Fall of 2011. Prior to the release of the new record, the band will join this summer’s the Vans Warped Tour and will head out on a UK tour this November.
The past few months for Madina Lake have been tumultuous to say the least. Last June, Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone was hospitalized after intervening in a domestic violence incident in Chicago involving a man beating his wife. In critical condition, Leone’s injuries included a fractured skull, broken jaw and a swollen brain as doctors removed one-third of his skull while waiting for the swelling in his brain to go down. Local musicians and supporters pulled together to raise money for Matthew’s hospital bills with The Smashing Pumpkins playing a benefit show in Chicago raising over $80,000. A lot of uncertainty followed, with doubts that Madina Lake would ever play together again. Fortunately, Matthew’s recovery in the last year has been nothing short of miraculous and on April 23rd 2011, the band made a triumphant return in sold-out homecoming show in Chicago.
Madina Lake’s new album will be the third and final instalment of their concept trilogy, World War III which continues the Leone brothers’ tales of a metaphorical universe. Pouring their life experiences into their songs, Madina Lake set out to release three album which would congruently tell the story of Madina Lake, a small town of their own creation, which would also serve as the canvas for a much larger message. The first chapter, 2007’s From Them, Through Us, to You (Roadrunner Records), introduced the town set in the 1950’s and the story is focused on the town socialite (Adalia), who goes missing, and the reaction the town’s inhabitants have – a commentary on society’s obsession with celebrity and materialism. The second chapter, 2009’s Attics to Eden (Roadrunner Records), continued the search for the missing socialite while introducing other characters to the world outside Madina Lake as well as exploring Adalia’s journey. The album dove into the psychological aspects of the society and what truly separates and degrades humanity when elements of greed, lying, cheating, violence, power struggles and insecurity are displayed. In the final chapter, World War III, concludes with the discovery of Adalia and an epic battle of good and evil that mirrors human internal struggles with self.
Over the years, Madina Lake has toured with Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore and Gym Class Heroes, in addition to taking part on several runs of the Vans Warped Tour. Madina Lake is Nathan Leone (vocals), Matthew Leone (bass, vocals), Mateo Camargo (guitars, programming) and Daniel Torelli (drums).
To see Madina Lake live with support from Chiodos:
Tue 08 Nov 2011 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms 02392 863 911
Wed 09 Nov 2011 Brighton, Concorde 2 01273 673 311
Thu 10 Nov 2011 London, Electric Ballroom * 0844 811 0051
Fri 11 Nov 2011 Cardiff, Great Hall 2 02920 781 458
Sat 12 Nov 201 Birmingham, O2 Academy 2* 0844 477 2000
Mon 14 Nov 2011 Sheffield, Corporation 0114 276 0262
Tue 15 Nov 2011 Glasgow Garage 0141 339 8383
Wed 16 Nov 2011 Manchester, Academy 2* 0161 832 1111
Thu 17 Nov 2011 Norwich, Waterfront* 01603 508 050
Fri 18 Nov 2011 Exeter, Lemon Grove 01392 425 309
*Tickets for these shows are £12.50 (£14 London) and go on sale Friday 24 June 10am – available atwww.gigsandtours.com