Madder Rose – live at Odense Rytmeposten, Denmark – January 27, 1994 – DK Radio, Copenhgagen –
On the subject of favorite bands and artists this week – long-time dependable Madder Rose, in concert from Odense Rytmeposten, Denmark and broadcast by DK Radio in Copenhagen on Januaryu 27, 1994.
So of course I was thrilled to learn the band resurfaced from its 20 year hiatus in 2015 to release another album. They did in 2019 and then haven’t heard anything since. Still, a brief surface is better than no surface at all.
Madder Rose was formed in 1991 in a Greenwich Village apartment, after Billy Coté, the band’s songwriter, was informed by a mutual friend that a woman named Mary Lorson was looking for a project. They released their debut album Bring It Down in 1993 on Atlantic Records’ quasi-independent label Seed Records, followed by the Swim EP later that year on the same label. Originally, Atlantic had asked to sign them, but Lorson turned them down. In an interview with The Miscellany News, she said she did so because she was “just too intimidated.” The band’s ascent to relative fame was secured when they landed a main-stage appearance at the 1993 Reading Festival, and by the critical acclaim Bring it Down received shortly after its release, including reviews in the Chicago Tribune, and being ranked as one of the top 10 albums of the year by the College Media Journal. Panic On was released on Atlantic Records in 1994. Madder Rose went on to release two more albums, Tragic Magic and Hello June Fool, before breaking up in 1999.
In February 2015, Coté indicated that he expected to release new Madder Rose material. A new album entitled To Be Beautiful was released by Trome Records on 10 September 2019.
In case you missed them the first time around, this is a good show to check out. In addition, I have sessions and another concert posted between 2015 and 2018. So if you feel like exploring – type their name in the search box and see what pops up.
In the meantime, enjoy the show. Another reason to admire the 90s.