ARTIST: Madder Rose
TITLE: Bring It Down
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Beautiful John, Swim
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: John Peel liked them, so if you were listening to his show in the UK in 1993…
LINEUP: Billy Cote, Mary Lorson, Kevin Salem, Matt Verta-Ray, Brian Doherty, Johnny Kick
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: NYC band uses distorted guitars and melodic vocals that aren’t mixed up front to create – well something similar to shoegaze.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Madder Rose was the product of a mutual friend who hooked up Cote and Lorson after Cote had written some songs and Lorson was looking for a new band. They got together and formed Madder Rose, and quickly found footing to record this album in 1993.
It’s kinda shoegazy, a little hazy, and Lorson’s vocals aren’t mixed up front, which of course is just like shoegaze. However, there’s a little more variety here than the typical band of that ilk. Cote and Lorson’s songs have variety and some different textures at time. Cote doesn’t always wash the songs in distortion, which is a relief.
They still sound a bit tentative here – trying to figure out a mutual direction. They had three different drummers on this project. It’s pretty solid, though, if you enjoy distorted guitars and a little haze on your melody.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were big in the UK underground, and Atlantic wanted to sign them immediately, but Lorson turned that down at first. They signed for their second album, which is why this album was so hard to find.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: It’s a pretty good early 90’s record, nothing ultra-special but I like Lorson’s voice and Cote’s guitar work.