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NEW MADRID
DAVID BARBE
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NEW MADRID
New Madrid
"Compact in some ways, yet expansive,” is how New Madrid's Phil McGill describes their new album.
magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown Records) takes a wide swath of influences ranging from the guitar
tangle of Television and the tripped-out introspection of Yo La Tengo, to the angular experimentation of
Can and the harmonic bath of Magical Mystery Tour; and combines them into something entirely unique.
magnetkingmagnetqueen has it all. The album reveals New Madrid’s evolution and collective growth,
resulting in the band’s most complete work to date. “Don’t Hold Me Now” is like Pylon channeling the preTommy
Who. “Untitled III” is a pint-sized epic, with several movements in a three-minute window. On the
other end is the dark, monolithic stomp of “Guay Lo” and the dirge-like march of “Shades.” Bringing it all
together are centerpieces like “Summer Belles” and “Darker Parts,” songs with an undeniable pop
sensibility that go through the looking glass and emerge as the sonic amoeba well known to fans of New
Madrid’s live performances.
magnetkingmagnetqueen was made with engineer/producer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By
Truckers, The Glands) in two primary locations. The group started out recording at Dogwood Lodge, the
site of an unused summer camp on Lake Chickamauga in a large, open room with mobile recording gear
over a week in the summer of 2015. More recording and mixing was done at Barbe’s Athens, GA studio,
Chase Park Transduction with additional recording at New Madrid’s home base, The Barn.
New Madrid formed in the fall of 2010, and shortly after was approached by Barbe, who invited them to
his studio to record their first full-length album, Yardboat. It happened fast. Inspired, they finished in three
days.
Signing with Normaltown/New West Records, the band released their sophomore album, Sunswimmer in
2014. A live EP, Dawn Teeth Rattling, was released in 2015.
Since then the band has toured consistently across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road,
they live together in The Barn (a literal barn located in the agrarian outskirts of Athens) constantly working
on new ideas.
DAVID BARBE
David Barbe
(Athens, GA) "10th of Seas", David Barbe's third solo album, and first new album in seven years, will be released on August 18, 2017 on Orange Twin Records. Barbe has been referred to as having the most widespread influence of any single person in the Athens, GA music scene due to his involvement with so many different artists and projects over the years, from his start playing with noise damaged groups like Mercyland, Bar-B-Q Killers, and Buzz Hungry in the 1980s and '90's; to his stint as bassist in Sugar (Bob Mould's legendary post-Husker Du band), with whom he toured the globe many times and released three classic records; to his work as an engineer/producer on hundreds of albums, including those by Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, The Glands, Son Volt, New Madrid, Bettye LaVette, Harvey Milk and Muuy Biien. Many of these were recorded at his Athens based Chase Park Transduction studio. The album's first track, "Portuguese Door," got its premiere on Consequence of Sound.


"10th of Seas" marks a departure for Barbe in that he performed and recorded the entire thing by himself, playing all the instruments, all recorded to analog tape at Chase Park Transduction.


"I wanted this record to be as close to the original source of inspiration as possible," Barbe says. "I tried recording some of the songs with other people involved a few times, and it was better in some ways, but always seemed something was lost in translation. The communication became less personal. I felt like the emotional gravy is the glue, so I reverted to working like I did when I was teenager making 4-tracks. Working fast. More feeling it. Less over-thinking it."


Album highlights include: "Portuguese Door," slippery and melodically complex, and the opening burst of "Dim Bulbs," the lyrics of which contain the album's title. "10th of Seas" is a reference to exploring the outer reaches of one's mind.


Barbe says: "The phrase 'sailing the seven seas' did not mean just crossing the known bodies of water, but to go around the world and back. To sail across the 10th of Seas would indicate traversing through the unknown, to have seen it all, and then some."


Barbe will tour America this summer and fall in support of the album backed by Inward Dream Ebb, the alter ego of Athens-based psych-rockers New Madrid, with whom Barbe has produced several albums
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