Me Vale Madre
A band consisting of veterans of the Phoenix music scene that spans an entire decade. From the ashes of Attack Of The Giant Squid and Dear And The Headlights, vocalist PJ Waxman and guitarist Tony Patiño joined forces with drummer Mike Bell, most notably of Lymbyc Systym and his work with Crystal Castles, to form Me Vale Madre. With recent additional bass player/vocalist, Mathew Gilbert, their sound is powerful and produced.
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Waxman promises to release a song in the near future, but their recording process is obviously complicated.
If you need to brush up on yourespañol, “me vale madre” is slang for “I don’t give a fuck.” When guitarist Tony Patiño was 6 years old, he was gifted a t-shirt featuring four pissing dudes wearing sombreros with the Spanish phrase written on it. It was, of course, the perfect name for a band.
“Spanish, being the romantic and beautiful language that it is, takes this aggressive, lackadaisical, and indifferent attitude, and makes it beautiful,” PJ Waxman, Madre’s guitarist and lead singer explains via e-mail.
Waxman, who is in Yellow Minute, also used to play in Valley buzz band Dear and the Headlights, says he doesn’t “want to ride on the coat tails of past successes.”
That’s fine, because I sort of sense Me Vale Madre is going to be something big this year, making something truly unique that grabs the genre by its teeth, shakes it like a chew toy, and tears it apart.
When Me Vale Madre opened for Gospel Claws at their album release a few weeks ago, they started in some traditional indie guitar, post-punk style, stretched it out into a shoegaze pastiche, and ended songs with noise rock thrashes that shook the stage.
Part of Madre’s DGAF edge comes from their endless list of influences; the other half comes from their time in other bands. Patiño once fronted the post-rock progressive rock band Attack of the Giant Squid, Matthew Gilbert does a solo project called POEM and was once in Goodbye Tomorrow (now Alive in Wild Paint), and Mike Bell is the drummer in Lymbyc Systym, Knesset, and Spirit Cave.
Waxman says you can expect a full Me Vale Madre album by summer 2013, as they’ve been recording all over the place.
“Our recording process has such a wide musical source. Tony did some tracking at Flying Blanket recently, we have done a lot of recording at home and at friend’s studio,” Waxman says. “I did vocals at my house using some equipment that my old roommate, John from Black Carl has. He has a little studio of his own and produces really awesome vinyl/analog driven music.”
“It takes quite some time to really get these songs composed,” Waxman says. “There are plenty of hours put into each song. It is really quite the process.” — Troy Farah
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Toby formed the band w/ some lifelong friends in 2007 or so. It didn’t work out, those friends left & took the original name of the band with the them so Toby altered the name slightly to express his discontent. After releasing an ep in 2010, Toby recruited his friends Matt and Masa (ex-Emperors of Japan) to help write and record estas diluculo in 2011. As the album was wrapping up Jessie joined the band, contributing vocals, keys and percussion. Estas Diluculo is set to be released in April 2012, but it’s really been out since November 2011, and it’s free so you should download it if for no other reason than to make us happy.
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