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Label mates with Fat White Family & Meatraffle

“Much in the manner a devotional feline will proudly massacre vermin, leaving it’s sacrificial remains to fetter your hallway carpet, we bring you Madonnatron.”  “Songs that will make you dance and sing along while you feel the seedy, swirling force”

“If Madonnatron was an amplifier, it would be a mutha of a Krell beater, a class A with plenty of power in reserve. Better than Led Zeppelin ” – Zsa Zsa Sapien of Meatraffle 

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Band Members
Stefania, Charlie, Beth, Joanie
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Label mates with Fat White Family & Meatraffle, South East London band Madonnatron and finds a cauldron of sinister excellence and atmospheric post-punk.

Madonnatron are a fairly recent addition to the excellent Trashmouth Records family and a very good one at that. The band have already made waves and received a lot of radio airplay from the likes of Marc Riley and Gideon Coe on their BBC 6 Music slots. Their self-titled debut was always going to be something to pique the interest, and it does not disappoint.

The album starts with both the well-received singles “Headless Children” and “Sangue Neuf”. Both tracks have a sinister post-punk/ psychedelic feel. Madonnatron’s music has a beautiful angst and real feeling, and these tracks are no exception, with Headless Children being especially atmospheric. Sangue Neuf, their first single that Madonnatron released, is more forceful, but still an excellent track.

Tron features some fine vocals, making the most of the multiple vocalists in the band the fairly simple rhythms are perfect. The moodiness Madonnatron do so well remains a constant. There is a great, if sparse, electronic introduction to Be My Bitch before the vocals kick in like the voice of the coven. The ladies again hit the dark side and draw you in to their underworld. The track really kicks in as the rhythm speeds up, becoming more and more insistent before dissolving into a harpy-haze of vocals at the end.

Glen Closer has a stalkerish brilliance continuing the off-kilter feel of the lyrical content – these are no love songs. There is no female subservience on show here; The spoken word aspect of Violent Denial gives the track an interesting twist, but even with the higher pitched vocals, the sense of unease that typifies Madonnatron’s output remains.

Mother’s Funeral is a rock rollercoaster with some fabulous breathy-yet-shouted vocals. The slower section only re-enforces the force of the faster sections, cranking up the energy. Slow and solid, the rhythm is pure blues-rock on Bad Woman. More outsider-girl lyrics push this confessional of a song to another level. Once the speed picks up, the track gets even more interesting. The vocals on Wedding Song are more regular blues-based and very good indeed. The track is fairly short, but another gem.

Cat lady has a hazier feel to the vocals and is slower and the vocals sweeter, but there remains a dusky element to the lyrics. Another impressive track on a winner of an album; the song of the siren. The album retains the bite and occassional savagery of Madonnatron’s live performance. we bring you Madonnatron.”

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The band are said to have started out with low expectations “given that none of them could actually play their instruments,” a press release announcing the album’s release jokes. With their debut album now on the way though, they look set to join the likes of Fat White Family and The Moonlandingz to emerge from what the label describes as “the South London scene” of which they were a part. here is the video for ‘Headless Children’ . 

Madonnatron are described, by their producer Liam May, as “psychedelic witch prog”, which doesn’t do justice to the swirling punk and disco here, or the good old rock & roll, but it’s a good start , From first song (and lead single) ‘Headless Children’.

Madonnatron have been going for a couple of years, after forming apparently quite haphazardly at venues and nights including Hank Dog’s Easycome in Peckham and (of course) The Windmill in Brixton. When Liam May at Trashmouth first talked about making an album, they told him, “We only have five songs and we can’t really play.” Lias Saoudi from Fat White Family has described their early gigs as “like listening to a kitchen falling apart in an earthquake,” and when I saw them last year they were still pleasingly shonky. They haven’t become polished professionals since then, thank god. They are winging it. It is great, almost a rock & roll cliche joy, to have a bunch of chancers making music as good as this, especially when it’s a gang of women who are clearly having a brilliant time.

Madonnatron have announced details for their debut self-titled album, which released via Trashmouth Records.  Recorded, produced, and mixed at Trashmouth Studios, the 10-track album is full of feline stealth, zealous homicide, and electric distortion.

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Label mates with Fat White Family & Meatraffle,
“Much in the manner a devotional feline will proudly massacre vermin, leaving it’s sacrificial remains to fetter your hallway carpet, we bring you Madonnatron.”

“If Madonnatron was an amplifier, it would be a mutha of a Krell beater, a class A with plenty of power in reserve. Better than Led Zeppelin ”

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