New Madrid

New Madrid

 Athens, Georgia, USA
BandAlternativeAmericana

"That calming mix of echoing, Americana vocals and swift and proficient guitar plucks that add up to a reassuring nod that the world is still turning."
— Flagpole

Biography

New Madrid is a flock of four musicians hailing from Chattanooga [Phil McGill, Graham Powers, Ben Hackett] and Birmingham [Alex Woolley] making music around the South East. Having just finished their first EP, Ghosts & Fire, the quartet is looking to spread their newly crafted sonic identity through live shows that dive down into psychedelic ambience and soar back up through down home, four part harmonies. Playing both electric and acoustic music, New Madrid doesn't like to pander to sonic limitations of yesteryear. America is one long interstate.

Lyrics

Declaration

Written By: New Madrid

Driving West, Shootin' from the east
Saw the prettiest gal that I still have yet to meet
She'll shake you up, she'll bring you to your knees
New Madrid broke open and now it's all I see

This is a declaration
I'm not going home

Take your time when you know you're leaving
Take your time when you know you're gone
I'm half blind, but I'm still seein'
Goodnight, goodnight I'll see you in the morning
Goodnight, goodnight I'm passing on

The bottom fell out, the streams all slid down, all the mountains were flat on the ground
The sky smashes down, I'd never felt a sound that happened on the night New Madrid came alive

Take your time when you know you're leaving
Take your time when you know you're gone
I'm half blind, but I'm still seein'
Goodnight, goodnight I'll see you in the morning
Goodnight, goodnight I'm passing on

What do you do when everything you thought you knew
Gets knocked down, run over, some geological coup?
New Madrid has the shakes, the rumbles and the quakes
New Madrid broke open and now its all we know

Take your time when you know you're leaving
Take your time when you know you're gone
I'm half blind, but I'm still seein'
Goodnight, goodnight I'll see you in the morning
Goodnight, goodnight I'm passing on.

White Houses

Written By: New Madrid

There's frozen rows of everything
It's not like in the woods where order's make believe
make believe, it's true

All my time gets passed around
White houses don't look white when there's snow on the ground

At last we must part,
At last we must part
Its tearin' me apart
But I'm takin' back my heart

The cars drive down the road anyway
The tires tied up, shackled and chained
Slip and slide, what a ride

At last we must part,
At last we must part
Its tearin' me apart
But I'm takin' back my heart

Bee Rapture

Written By: New Madrid

Bee rapture, buzzin around in my head
That's because all the honey bees are dead

Oh now, bee rapture is buzzin around in my head
That's because all the honey bees are dead

Oh now, dead they're dying, they're not flying home tonight
The hive it floats, cuz the queen's alone, don't know where the worker bees flown

Oh now, I see Babylon its bright and its on fire
I see Babylon, oh my

Oh I know its a rapture all my dreams start to capture the change that lies in the day
All the trees falling faster, how long, how long. Its gone.
If you leave them alone, act like nobody's home, hope the honey stays on display
Oh honey, its all on display

Bee rapture whirrin' around
Colonies just hittin' the ground
Babylon I know its right
And I can see Babylon

I see Babylon its bright and its on fire
I see Babylon, oh my

Ghosts & Fire

Written By: New Madrid

Burnin down Georgia on my march to the sea
Ole General Sherman, I know he's walkin with me
All my brothers, say goodbye to your mothers
We're packin up and headin east

Burnin down Georgia on my march to the sea
Ole General Sherman, I know he's walkin with me
All my brothers, we've got the numbers
We're gunna make it to the sea

If there's ghosts and fire
Tell me, where is my mind?
Dropped it back at the Tennessee line

When we burned the first acre
I thought I saw my maker
It was just the fire in our eyes

So I started to see
Something less patiently
Trees were swaying
The branches laid around

All my brothers
Take care of one another
This is gunna be one dark night

If there's ghosts and fire
Tell me, where is my mind?
Lost it back at the Tennessee line
But right now I feel fine

All my brothers
We've got the numbers
We're gunna make it to the sea

Discography

Ghosts & Fire EP

Set List

2.25.10- Athens, GA
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Declaration
White Houses
Country Moon Pt. 1
Walking in Circles
Country Moon Pt. 2
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi- Radiohead
Bee Rapture
Juniper
Ghosts & Fire