The First Mod Band In Italy , Meet – The Mads


This has been a very long morning , my youngest started High School today , he went from having to get up by 8 to getting up at 5:30 for a 7:15 school start time , and seeing that school is a half hour drive that means we bring the playlist with us, sometimes rockabilly, sometimes punk and lots of Lou . I’m going to make a garage rock playlist for him this week and I’ll include all of the post I’ve put up from Get Hip Records as well as everything from Hidden Volume Records , Rum Bar Records, and Howlin Banana Records as well as some of the punkier stuff from Goner Records. If you’ve been paying attention , I’ve added another new favorite record label to that cool list ..Area Pirata Rec from Pisa , Italy , I love all these bands on their label, today we have a meet with The Mads. Excellent power-pop some of the best that I’ve heard in the last few years right up there with Paul Collins , Groovy Uncle, Kurt Baker and The Above. Have a listen check out the roster on Area Pirata Records , there’s more meets with their artist on the way….

from Area Pirata:
The Mads, the first Mod band in Italy, are back with a new single! “On The Bus” b/w “The Way She Smiles” is the exciting follow up to last year’s “What I Need / Virtual World” (2015). This new 45rpm is released strictly on BLUE vinyl and features two original songs. “On The Bus” is genuine power pop dipped in R&B and written by Marco Pertusati. “The Way She Smiles”, written by Toni Graziani, drives along with a soul-beat characterized by intense vocal harmonies, a trademark of the group. Their old friend and close collaborator Flavio Candiani (a.k.a. Cpt.Stax) is debuting as a lyricist for both songs.

This year The Mads have crossed the UK border! An association with the London label Well Suspect Records (Acid Jazz), who appreciated their “motormod sound”, resulted in 5 tracks recorded between 1979 and 1982 being included in the deluxe version of the seminal collection, “The Beat Generation And The Angry Young Men” and “What I Need” (Area Pirata / SGR) getting featured in “Generation Mod” amongst a selection of contemporary artists/groups. The artwork for “On The Bus” is, in this view, a humorous link between their hometown of Milan and their adopted city of London.
The new single highlights the innate artistic and creative qualities of the band. A balanced cocktail of immediate catchy melodies, tuneful vocals, structural simplicity (2 guitars, bass, drums) and tight arrangements. Their inspiration and the attitude hails from two historical decades: Mod Beat 60s style and the British R&B / Pub Rock sound of the 70s.

Meet – The Mads

For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?

We met at the high school, connected by a common passion for the music and culture of the sixties, we were teenagers when the so-called “mod-revival” started, we felt part of a new, young scene.

Who would you list as your musical influence?.

Luis: The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Rolling Stones, The Who, Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Raney, Franco Cerri…
Mac: The Beatles, Small Faces, The Kinks, The Jam and (in general) Soul, Funk, Bossanova, Samba com Jazz…
Mauro: (in general) Jazz, Blues, Rhythm&Blues, Fusion, Jodel…
Toni: The Beatles, Deep Purple, Italian Beat, Domenico Modugno, CS&N, Pink Floyd…

Whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

We had some “glory moments” in the past, to be very proud of, but the coolest thing is to see our songs released in UK this year, thanks to the interest of one of our music heroes: Richard Searle (bass player of Doctor & the Medics and Corduroy), thru the re-born Well Suspect mod label of Eddie Piller’s fame: they published our old original tracks of the 80s and, even more important to us, they like the new stuff we are producing now with Area Pirata Records here in Italy.

What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.

(first of all) we hope to continue to live and play 🙂
Then we hope to continue improving, there’s always room to grow as musicians. We have many plans in the can: our new LP is the 1st priority. All tracks are written and arranged (almost) Just need to be recorded now!
A wet dream? We dream of Sir Paul McCartney playing one of our songs (it costs nothing to dream…)

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Recent faves, random order:
The Strypes “Snapshot”,
The Moons “Fables of History”,
The Zombies “Breathe Out Breath In”,
David Bowie “Black Star”,
Lucas Arruda “Solar”,
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey “Going Back Home”,
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Give the People What They Want”,
Michael Kiwanuka “Love and Hate”,
Ed Motta “Perpetual Gateways”,
Gregory Porter “Take Me to the Alley”.

Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Yes, we often meet in person people we virtually “knew” thru social media. It is primarily a way to spread our sound even to faraway places.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.

We do it, relatively. However we appreciate the effort, although some, in good faith, write impressive bullshit.

If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.

England, Japan, USA

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.

Yes, music saves, absolutely!

Any last thoughts for your fans?

Despite our age we continue to prefer female fans to males 🙂

The Mads:


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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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