The Madison Project (Burlington, Vermont)

The Madison Project has been around since 2006, after Forrest (drummer) and Ryan (vocalist/guitars) ended their tenure with a previous band and wanted to create something new, something that would change the face of music as they knew it. The two spun their feels until the later months of 2006 when Ben (bass) joined up, forming the Madison Project. Each member of the Madison Project provides a diverse set of influences, skills, and experience to the band: it is this diversity that makes the band’s compositions so vibrant, so eclectic, and so unique.<!–more–>

The Madison Project were finally able to release their debut album, “I Am The Target”, on November 6th, 2007. “I Am The Target” blends a number of styles, adding in rock and metal to a punk base that reveres the biggest bands from the late eighties and early nineties (Descendents, Bad Religion, early Pennywise). In an era where producers like to bury their finished products in the red, the production on “I Am The Target” caresses the arrangements of the Madison Project without oppressing the spirit or energy exerted by the band. Despite the fact that the band had only been around for a few months before committing themselves to working on “I Am The Target”, the resulting tracks are mature, exhibiting thought-out arrangements that will stick with listeners well after the disc completes.

After the release of this album, The Madison Project immediately went on a tour that reached out from their native Vermont all the way down to Nashville, Tennessee. As a result of this dedication and an unwavering intensity, The Madison Project were able to see their album chart on radio stations in Pennsylvania (WVYC), Massachusetts (WKKL), New York (WUSB), California (KULV), Oregon (KPUR), and Wisconsin (WSRI and WCCX)  Furthermore, the act was able to accomplish playing at Austin, Texas’s South by Southwest (SXSW).

However, it is the band’s current pursuits that may be the most interesting. Beginning in early June, The Madison Project is setting off on an acoustic tour that will take them across the United States, running from Vermont all the way to California, only missing out on playing a show in Pennsylvania and Indiana. This acoustic tour reflects the evolution of the band, allowing the dynamic between Ryan and Ben to shine in ways that were not seen on “I Am The Target”. This acoustic tour will provide fans of the Madison Project insight into the future trajectory in the band; individuals that see the act in Hillside, Illinois, Lawrence, Kansas, or Salt Lake City, Utah will undoubtedly hear new and reworked tracks from the act.

Check The Madison Project out at http://www.madisonprojectband.com/ . Individuals can purchase “I Am The Target” from independent music stores and the iTunes Media Store (ITMS), and can see dates for their current tour on their Myspace, which can be accessed at http://www.myspace.com/madisonproject . Individuals that wish to discuss media opportunities for the band can contact Rick Eberle at Popcore Entertainment, at rick@popcore.net .

-by James McQuiston (JMcQ)

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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