What do the tv show Fear Factor and Roadrunner Records have
in common? Well they both took a chance on two brothers from Chicago.
Granted, the stunts they had to do in Fear Factor aren't quite
the same as their day-to-day life on tour, but it still played an
important part in getting the band Madina Lake to where they
Nathan and Matt are just half of the quartet that rocked
the stage with Papa Roach on Friday night. After their slightly
shortened set and Papa Roach's extended one, I got the chance to sit
down with Matt and really have it out:
Hybrid Magazine: I saw a brief mentioning of Fear Factor
in your bio. Would you care to explain or elaborate on that?
Matt: Nathan and I actually did that as a joke, to make our
friends laugh. It was the lull before this band really got going and
[took] off a bit. We were bored, so we thought it would be funny.
When we won the first stunt, we figured we might as well try for the
money. For some miraculous reason we won and turned that money into:
the demo, pressing sampler CDs, the van and started touring.
HM: Is this a common question that just keeps coming back
to haunt you? Do you ever wish that you had gone about it a different
Matt: It does come up all the time. It was a joke, and people
like to attach a different meaning to it, or make us seem unfocused.
In all actuality all we care about is the music, and did it literally
as a joke. It's something that press migrates to because it's interesting
and random. I wouldn't change it, because it obviously gave us the
launching pad for everything.
HM: You've been around for 2 years and already you're featured
on one of the biggest nationwide tours- Projekt Revolution. How are
you guys feeling about that right now, being 3 weeks out of starting
the tour? Any anxiety or nervousness playing with rock veterans Linkin
Matt: To now have the opportunity to graduate to the pros,
our stress and our anxiety comes from the fact of that now this is
our opportunity. And we better step up and we better be on top of
our game and we better prove to everybody that we're qualified to
be there. So there's a little anxiety in that, but at the same time
we're very confident in what we do. And we love what we do and we're
so passionate about it, that it also kinda makes sense for us. Considering
that, we're EXTREMELY excited and definitely a little anxious. But
I would say 90% excitement.
HM: From Them, Through Us, To You is your first full
length, how has the industry response been and not just to the album
but the band in general as "new band on the block"?
Matt: We didn't really start in any kind of a circuit like
Warped Tour or Fueled By Ramen. So we don't have an association and
I don't think people know how to take us. Given that, it's idealy
the place that you want to be. Before we started our ambition was
to find a new audience, to find a new demographic. We didn't want
to follow in anybody's footsteps. Press is not used to that, but are
starting to warm up to it. We're just starting to get ourselves out
there and starting to talk to a lot of people. And so far they're
really embracing us.
HM: You're huge in the UK; did you find that to be an easier
market to excel in? Has the response been different between the two
Matt: The difference with the UK is they go to a show wanting
to love every band, you hope you love every band there. So all you
have to do is be passionate and they'll like you. In the states, they
buy a ticket to see the head liner and they want to not like the opening
band. Here you have to build your own fanbase or it's not going to
happen. It's finally happening here too, it's just taking a little
HM: Are there goals that the band has set for the future,
or even just the upcoming year? Anywhere you'd like to be in the next
Matt: Roadrunner is an international label, so the record
is doing really well in places like Japan and Germany. Our plan is
to finally hit all those markets and use that inspiration to start
working on the second album. Over the next 3 years, we'd like this
record to be successful enough to perpetuate this lifestyle and this
HM: Just on the scene, if someone's never heard you before
and was debating coming to this concert tonight (or buying your CD)
what would you say to reel them in?
Matt: I would say that this is an opportunity to throw away
your inhibitions completely and take a 45 min break from life. Cause
everyone could use an escape .
Their set may have only been 20 minutes long, but they still managed
to make it a great experience. It was really refreshing to meet a
staff that was so nice to work with. From Zeena at Roadrunner,
to Dave the tour manager, to Matt, they all made it so awesome
for me. I was a little bummed that I didn't get to hear my favorite
song "Stars," but Matt promised I'd get to see it at their
Projekt Revolution stop in Chicago. Incredible music and an incredible
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