Mad Shadow

Mad Shadow

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Electric, charged and explosive, Mad Shadow is bound to leave you speechless with their straight-up, no-holds barred, guitar rock styling as they take their vision of rock and roll to the world.

Biography

Mad Shadow’s sound is a throwback to the raunchy guitar rock of 70’s bands such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith or Deep Purple. You can also hear that contemporary bands like Soundgarden, Tool and Audioslave have influenced them as well. The combination of Danny's classic 70’s style lead guitar sound, Erik's charismatic, powerful stage presence and the fist-pounding, "can't sit still" rhythm provided by Josh and Tyler never fail to leave the crowd breathless and wanting more. Mad Shadow's live show is like no other. As has been proven time and time again you will never see the same show twice. The depth of these young rockers' ability to break out, sending Danny into blistering solos and impromptu jam-renditions of their best known songs is sure to drop you right in the middle of the rock and roll inferno that is Mad Shadow.

Danny Sveinson - lead guitar and keyboards:

Following in the footsteps of the modern guitar legends, Danny Sveinson has displayed the traits of a legendary guitarist in the making from day one. His soulful yet edgy style epitomizes pure, untainted rock and roll. His influences include Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Perry. Danny is also just as comfortable letting loose on his vintage Rhodes keyboard or Hammond A100/Leslie 147 organ.

There has been non-stop attention from the press and Danny has a bevy of television appearances and magazine & newspaper features under his belt. Film production company Mars Entertainment filmed an award winning documentary on Danny that has already been broadcast numerous time on by the CBC and Knowledge Network in Canada and The Sundance Channel in the USA. Danny was the subject for the front cover and feature story in the Georgia Straight (Vancouver's premier weekly entertainment paper). Phrases such as "old soul", "natural" and "it's just in him" are often heard and expressed by people who have seen him perform. Danny has been invited to sit in with artists as diverse as Les Paul to Marcus Miller to April Wine and the Trews. With a style like a young Jimmy Page or Joe Perry he stalks the stage as fans wait for his next mind blowing solo to explode.

Danny Sveinson is destined for Rock and Roll greatness.

Erik Olufson - vocals:

Erik is a born lead singer. Erik's performances before he teamed up with Danny had already brought him attention locally and internationally. Erik was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berkley College of Music in Boston thanks to his amazing singing ability. Having taken vocal training for years, Erik has styled his voice in the classic rock vein of his role models Roger Daltry, Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers.

Erik's performance can only be described as mesmerizing; harnessing some of the best moves on the stage today. Erik is always working with the band to build an arsenal of songs exploding with energy. The driven rock and roll he performs resonates with fans and his enthusiasm and adrenaline on the stage only serve to further the experience. In short, Erik Olufson was born to rock the stage.

Tyler Lindgrin - bass:

Tyler's self taught bass playing ability stems from a shallow history playing the saxophone in the high school jazz band. Never truly satisfied with the sax, his desire to rock inevitably grew. Which in turn led to learning to play guitar, bass, drums, and anything that would make noise. Within a few months of plucking away on bass Tyler joined the blues/jazz/classic rock combo, Frontburner, which honed his skills as a bassist as opposed to a lead sax player. Frontburner faded due to directional differences, and Lindgrin's bass got put in the closet for over a year as he focused on guitar and drums, and started dabbling in writing and recording. Before long he met Danny who was looking for a bassist for Mad Shadow and after a few minor equipment upgrades, Mad Shadow had the kick-ass bassist they were looking for.

Josh McDonald - drums:

When you attend a Mad Shadow performance you can't help but notice the way the rhythm picks you up and slams you back in your seat with every kick of the bass.

The man responsible for that very sonic assault is Josh McDonald. To see Josh play, you can't help but know that you're watching someone born to play drums. He has a style and enthusiasm that can barely keep him in his seat when he rocks the kit. Josh has been drumming for years and before joining Mad Shadow was drumming in a Rush tribute band and is often compared to Neil Peart and John Bonham for his style and ability. Josh is a born drummer and his passion for his craft shows in every performance.

Lyrics

Fear The Voices

Written By: Sveinson

creeping up from behind
living hell trapped inside
fear the voices

dead or alive I can't say
into the dark locked away
fear the voices

speaking to me
coming for me
calling me
screaming to me
running for me
killing me
fear the voices, fear the voices

blind, tired, afraid
darkness, deception, dismay
fear the voices

I can't run, I can't hide
drowning in the water, swept out with the tide
fear the voices

speaking to me
coming for me
calling me
screaming to me
running for me
killing me
fear the voices, fear the voices

I Own The Road

Written By: Sveinson/Olufson/Lindgrin/McDonald

I don’t care what you do with your time
But don’t preach to me
I don’t tell you how to live your life
You can’t tell me who I should be

I’m never gonna go by what you say
And I ain’t alone
You may think you’ve got it all figured out
But your rules ain’t set in stone

Nothing can ever hold me back
As long as I have the open road
Nothing’s ever gonna keep me stagnant
I own the road

Now I never said that I was perfect
But I know wrong from right
and for wrong here’s a perfect example
What you’re trying to do tonight

I’m never gonna go by what you say
And I ain’t alone
You may think you’ve got it all figured out
But your rules ain’t set in stone

Nothing can ever hold me back
As long as I have the open road
Nothing’s ever gonna keep me stagnant
I own the road

Living In The Past

Written By: Olufson

something is wrong today
sunshine seems to be grey
but there’s always something we can do to change that

something is wrong tonight
the moon ain’t shining just as bright
but there’s nothing we can't fix if we work endless

now I think I’m starting to see
what this world will eventually be
but I’m not sure just how I feel about it

that’s why I’m running from the future
living in the past
cause with all we've got to lose
well we just ain’t gonna last

something went right today
the sun is bright no sign of grey
but there’s no guarantee that things will stay like that

but then it changed to grey
I guess I knew it wouldn't last
and that is why I’m living in the past

now I think I’m starting to see
what this world will eventually be
but I’m not sure just how I feel about it

that’s why I’m running from the future
living in the past
cause with all we've got to lose
well we just ain’t gonna last

now everything has a reason
sometimes we don't know what it is
but let me ask you a question
what could be the reason for this?

Long Road Blues

Written By: Sveinson/Olufson/Lindgrin/McDonald

thought I’d take the long road baby
travelling night and day
don't know where I’m going
seen a little bit of everything
it seems no matter where I go its always just the same
it seems no matter where I go you always send me pain

thought I’d take the long road baby
travelling night and day
don't know where I’m going
seen a little bit of everything
it seems no matter where I go its always just the same
it seems no matter where I go you always send me pain

travelled under blue skies
and I’ve travelled under grey
no matter what the weathers like
I feel the same dismay
spent my money got nobody to help me on my way
all I’ve got is you driving me to an early grave

Turn Me On

Written By: Sveinson/Olufson/Lindgrin/McDonald

People tell me baby
You’re gonna make me lose my mind

But I need your lovin' all the time

Well you know I worked so hard
Seems you like to watch me bleed
All the people around me girl
Say that this ain’t good for me
But you’ve still got those sweet innocent eyes
Still I’m never sure if you tell the truth or lie

Oh babe you turn me on
Sometimes you make me feel so sad
I need your love
Girl I need you so bad

You know I’ve got the feeling
That something just ain’t right

But I still want you every night

You’ve taken all I have
But you say you still want more
You must realize I know
Just what’s going on
No matter how I try I can’t pull myself away
I just keep coming back again and again

Oh babe you turn me on
Sometimes you make me feel so sad
I need your love
Girl I need you so bad

Discography

debut self-titled cd released May, 2008

Set List

Most sets Mad Shadow perform are between 30 to 90 minutes. The following is a typical 45 minute set primarily made up of originals;
1. Fear the Voices
2. White Lies
3. Immigrant Song (cover)
4. Fake Love
5. Living in the Past
6. Turn Me On
7. Sure Thing
8. I Own the Roads
9. Reflections
10. Just One Time