The Mad Extras
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The Mad Extras

Richmond, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Richmond, Virginia, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Garage Rock




"The Mad Extras get silly with doll arms in their new video; Best New Artist EP out 4/21"

The Mad Extras are a new RVA band who've been picking up a buzz around town with some excellent live performances around town, and now this fun-loving quartet is about to release their debut EP, cheekily titled Best New Artist. They just sent us the brand new video for EP track "Nevermind The Nevermind," and it's a total blast. Starting out with some weird screwed n' chopped action, it might throw you a bit, but don't worry, they're just goofing around--the real song kicks in around the 30-second mark.

Like all of the songs on Best New Artist, "Nevermind The Nevermind" evokes a time from nearly 15 years ago (has it been that long? God, I'm getting old) when there were tons of great young rock n' roll bands coming out of Brooklyn and everyone was getting hip to the sounds of The Strokes, The Walkmen, and the bands that influenced them (Television, The Kinks, The Modern Lovers, etc). The Mad Extras have their own take on that now-classic sound, and bust out a succession of catchy riffs and witty lyrics on this track, leading up to the irresistible chorus that you won't be able to get out of your head no matter what you do. And of course, all the doll's arm hijinks in the video are a ton of fun as well. Enjoy it below:

Now that you've dug that one song, you can head over to The Mad Extras' website to hear another song from the EP, "Long Weird Night," and to pre-order your own digital copy of Best New Artist for $5. And if you still haven't seen these guys play live yet, good news: they've got two shows coming up in the next week! Catch them at Hardywood this Saturday for a free show with Long Arms and Sarah White & The Pearls. That show, celebrating the release of Hardywood's new Bourbon Cru, kicks off at 5 PM on April 18, and is absolutely free! For more info, click here. Or if ya can't make that, go see The Mad Extras on the day they release their new EP at Sound Of Music Studios with NYC bands Bellows and Sharpless--that's Tuesday, April 21 at 7 PM, for the low low admission price of $5. For more info on that show, click here.

By Andrew Necci - RVA Magazine

"The Mad Extras "Long Weird Night""

The rock and roll four piece The Mad Extras are about to drop their new EP, Best New Artist, and there is this pretty rad preview track called “Long Weird Night.” Conjuring Franz Ferdinand or The Strokes, the band members are having a sophisticated garage party and want you to boogie. These dudes experiment with Beatles-esque harmonies and upbeat riffs for a fun mix. If you like The Black Girls, chances are you’ll dig the Mad Extras.

“Roll Over” is for fans of The Morning Benders and Goldrush. I’ve been able to stream that track as well as the rest beforehand, and let’s just say, you’ve got a bunch of great new tunes to test drive.
Catch the release show on 4/21 @ Sound of Music Studios with Bellows, Sharpless, and 1 surprise TBA. 8:00 pm, $5. - Sounds of RVA

"EP Review: The Mad Extras Best New Artist"

One of the best things about working for a blog is receiving new music to listen to. I was impressed when I got the email to review The Mad Extras, and upcoming garage rock band from Richmond, VA. The band consists of Andrew Carter (vocals), John Kramer (guitar), Jeremy Morris (drums), and James Miessler (bass).

The band just released their first single Long, Weird Night from their upcoming EP Best New Artist that drops on April 21st, and let me say, it was a good choice. The single immediately starts of with catchy instrumentals that will make you feel as if you’re in a show right in your living room – you can’t help but dance.

The Mad Extras will send you back in time, specifically circa 2000s, with their instrumentals that faintly resemble The Strokes. Their music is a mix of classic rock and roll with a sort of modern vibe. They are definitely a band I would want to see live. Their energy is driven, their music is fun and will make any 90s/2000s music lover nostalgic.

Their EP as a whole carries on the same vibe and energy, with a track called Nevermind The Nevermind with slightly heavier instruments as well as the vocals, but just as inviting as the other songs. The tracklist ends with Sandy Tells Me and I can’t help but feel like I’m in the movie Ten Things I Hate About You – which is a good thing.

Overall, I’m personally impressed. “‘Best New Artist’ isn’t about reinventing the wheel, it’s about keeping it spinning” and that message certainly comes across. You can listen to their single Long, Weird Night and pre-order their EP for $5 at – they’re a band to keep an eye on. - Girls At the Rock Show

"Mad Pop (The Mad Extras live on WRIR)"

*This was a live set/interview on WRIR 97.3 FM - POP! Goes the World

"New Video Release: The Mad Extras – Nevermind the Nevermind"

Richmond VA’s garage rock four piece released their goofy first music video to Nevermind the Nevermind, prior to their debut EP dropping on April 21st. I was ecstatic to see this launch since this band has been on my radar for the past few weeks. With their modern twist to classic rock and roll, in addition to tiny doll hands, this music video had me dancing and giggling the whole way through. If you still haven’t pre-ordered their EP, which is only $5, you can get it here. So while we’re all waiting for that, here’s their new music video! - Girls at the Rock Show

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"

“Nothing makes my heart swell more than watching a bunch of young 20-somethings bang out a high energy set of 80’s-era, angst-fueled dance rock."

DJ Enzo - POP Goes the World (WRIR 97.3 FM)


Best New Artist (Available April 21st, 2015)

1. Roll Over
2. Long, Weird Night
4. Nevermind the Nevermind
5. Sandy Tells Me




Formed in the summer of 2014, Richmond's the Mad Extras were born from an innocent jam session in drummer Jeremy Morris' basement. It didn't take long for these four friends (Andrew, Jeremy, John and James) to realize that the chemistry was undeniable. James's rolling bass lines locked in with Jeremy's explosive drumming, and John's killer guitar lines played off Andrew's howling melodies. The mission statement was simple: put on a rock show that would be a party for both the audience and the band. The Mad Extras want to dance and they want you to dance. Combine this attitude with straightforward and catchy "80's-era angst-fueled dance rock," and you'll start to get the picture. 


The Mad Extras' debut EP "Best New Artist" asks one question above all: what's the point of being a rock and roll band in 2015? Recorded by themselves in a makeshift basement studio, these five songs are about the mess and the dirt and the energy. They're about never-ending house shows and empty beer cans and littered cigarette butts and the ringing in your ears and the sweat from dancing in a crowd of strangers and the joy of making out with your friend at the end of the night and the confusion of waking up on a random couch. They're about having fun because life is short so why not? 

The Mad Extras are not trying to be the next big thing, they're just trying to put on a good show. "Best New Artist" isn't about reinventing the wheel, it's about keeping it spinning.


Outside RVA bands:

Bishop Allen (New York)

Bellows (New York)

Sharpless (New York)

Painted Zeros (New York)

CHAPPO (New York)

Rue Snyder (New York)

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas (Detroit)

*Repeat Repeat (Nashville)

Ezra Mae and the Gypsy Moon (DC)

From Bears (Boone, NC)

Borrowed Arts (NC)

Wool (NC)

Sol Cat (Nashville)

Sarah White and the Pearls (Charlottesville)

Sun Young (Boston)


Esbern Snare (Norfolk)

Moniker (Brooklyn)


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