Doors at 8:3o
MAWD Single Release Show
9 - Aloud
10 - MAWD
11 - Graves & the Bad Weather
MAWD is the moniker of California musician Madeleine Mathews. Citing contemporary acts such as The Head and the Heart, The Staves, First Aid Kit, and the Alabama Shakes as influences, MAWD’s sound gravitates towards an eclectic mix of genres including indie folk, folk rock, retro rock, cosmic Americana, with a touch of pure rock n’ roll. The soulful, textured timbre of MAWD is diverse and ranges anywhere from a breathy and sultry folk/blues vibe to a powerful Janis Joplin-esque/Karen O. belt. Born and bred in Northern California, Madeleine made her mark around her hometown of Placerville by playing her original songs at weekly local open mic nights. Recently graduated with a BA in Music (focusing in music industry), Madeleine found a community in her college’s (California State University, Chico) music department and blossoming local scene while fronting and writing for numerous bands. Winning local singer/songwriter competitions and playing at all of Chico’s top venues, including two sold out shows at the renowned Laxson Auditorium (capacity 1,200) (for an Abbey Road Tribute Show) which has pulled artists and speakers ranging from Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, Gloria Steinem, and many more, Now recording under the pseudonym MAWD, Madeleine is working with Roger Gisborne of Los Angeles based record label Sound x 3 and The Cave Studio owner/producer/songwriter Josiah Mezzaschi (Deap Vally, Built to Spill, Rilo Kiley, Kate Nash, The Jesus and the Mary Chain) to refine her sound and record her second EP. With a little over a year under her belt promoting herself as MAWD, Madeleine has already toured to SXSW to play numerous corporate gigs, opened for Larkin Poe at a sold out show at The Hotel Cafe, opened for Robby Krieger (of The Doors) at The Gibson Showroom, toured to Sweden and all over Northern and Southern California, and that's just touching the surface. She's had her music spun on KCSN 88.5 LA Buzzbands Hour multiple times, featured in various music blogs including The Line of Best Fit, LA Weekly, Live Nation's One's To Watch, BuzzbandsLA, and has been added to several indie blog Spotify playlists as well as an official Spotify playlist (Fresh Finds: Six Strings) for her song "Summer in a Dream". MAWD has been making a name for herself in the short time she's been in LA, playing multiple shows per month with her incredibly talented backing band "The MAWD Squad" and is becoming known for her powerful and energetic live performances.
Good music has a catchy rhythm, a hummable melody, and—if you're lucky—an unforgettable sing-along chorus. But great music has something else, something it's almost impossible to capture: soul. Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa have been the soul of Aloud since they were teenagers in Miami. A shared passion for rock classics like the Beatles, Oasis, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding led the pair to start writing and recording their own songs. After moving to Boston together to pursue making music as a full-time career, the two fell in love, eventually marrying. Years of writing, recording, and touring fostered deep ties to the Boston rock scene, and helped them connect with other musicians as passionate as they were, including Aloud’s bassist—and the pair’s closest friend—Charles Murphy. A recent move to Los Angeles has provided new inspiration, new opportunities, and a new drummer in the form of Chris Jago. Over fifteen years of dedicated musicianship has certainly paid dividends. First on local, then national tours, the band started honing a sound that has earned comparisons to the Alabama Shakes and the Black Keys. A new album is currently being mixed by Guy Massey (Paul McCartney, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers).
Graves & the Bad Weather were raised on the streets of Southern California, scavenging the alleys and back patios for bits of rock n' roll, scraps of folk, the last few drops of the blues and the occasional fix of punk. Husband and wife duo Taylor Barisoff and Leandra Graves are the palpitating heart of the band, coming from backgrounds and personal experiences that grow through their lyrics like weeds such as depression, self-harm, heart-ache and the will to fight back against it all. Together, they form a musical animal like no other, transmitting crunchy, foot-stomping riffs and intensely passionate vocals into otherwise stale airwaves.