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The best kept secret in music


"Austin band gives Detroit’s first music conference a taste of ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’"

Austin’s The Hat Madder to Rock the First Annual Motor City Music Conference

Austin, TX (April 13, 2005) – Austin rock band, The Hat Madder, will perform at Detroit’s first annual Motor City Music Conference next week. The Hat Madder is one of only three Austin bands participating in this heavily-hyped and long-awaited conference. The other two Austin bands rounding out the mix are the The Handsome Charlies and …Trail of Dead.

The Hat Madder will be playing a showcase at The Labyrinth on Saturday April 23rd. The showcase, put on by Exhaust Records (Detroit, MI), is featuring a screening of Jeff Burton’s (Indie Horror Films) “Dead End Road”, starring Dee Wallace Stone (E.T., Cujo). Upon hearing The Hat Madder’s unique sounds, Burton decided to include the band’s single “Let You Down” in his film.

The Motor City Music Conference will be featuring over 400 bands in over 40 venues starting April 20-24, 2005. It will include music industry panels and a tradeshow. This conference, modeled after SXSW and CMJ, will spotlight a large number of genres that will reflect Detroit’s music history.

Not only is this conference important for Detroit and its music scene, but it means a great deal to The Hat Madder. Coming from Austin, a town also known for its musical talent and history, The Hat Madder is looking forward to introducing the band to Detroit.

“It is exciting to bring some Austin rock to Detroit,” says Isaac Vander Schuur, lead for The Hat Madder. “Both cities are known for their music history, so we are very honored to be a part of this conference.”

The Hat Madder will be playing the Motor City Music Conference on Saturday April 23rd at 9:00 p.m. at The Labyrinth 1703 Cass Ave. (at Bagley) Detroit, MI 48226 313-961-4358.

For more information, please contact:
Isaac Vander Schuur

About The Hat Madder
The Hat Madder is Isaac Vander Schuur, Eric Baio and Ricky Lenhart. The band formed in early 2004 in Austin, TX from other projects. They quickly found that they agreed with each other’s musical tastes and ambitions. The Hat Madder’s sound is Experimental, Aggressive, Indie rock. Influences include Sonic Youth, The Pixies, Devo and nineties indie aficionados Archers of Loaf. Their loud and energetic live shows have created buzz in Austin and attracted the attention of the industry. The Hat Madder is planning a summer tour in support of their upcoming debut album, “Friend of the Devil.”

About Motor City Music Conference
FIRST ANNUAL MOTOR CITY MUSIC CONFERENCE (MC2), will include 400 bands showcasing in 40 downtown Detroit venues, a music and lifestyle tradeshow and music industry panels at Cobo Expo Center on April 20-24, 2005. Modeled after successful long running music conferences SXSW and CMJ, MC2 will reflect Detroit's rich music history, while spotlighting these genres: rock, hip hop, electronic/techno, World Music, R&B, urban, soul, blues, country and gospel. Derrick May (Transmat), Greg Baise (Majestic/Magic Stick), Rich Hansen (Lagerhouse), Rico Shelton and Mark Hicks (Jaguar Wright, Paradime, D12) will participate in artist selection which will encompass 40% local and 60% national hot up and coming artists. The Detroit Music Awards will kick off MC2 on Wednesday, April 20 at the State Theatre.
- Andrea Ames

"Jonesinn Austin"

The Hat Madder was recently in
Detroit, where they performed at the Motor City Music Conference on the Exhaust Records showcase. Recording, mostly done in Tucson, AZ, is complete on their new album and they’re talking to Bear Creek Studios’ Ryan Hadlock (Afghan Whigs, Blonde Redhead, Black Heart Procession) about mixing it. Look for it out this fall. The Hat Madder will be at the Flamingo Cantina, May 12 with The Funeral from Denver (formerly Belu) and the Jetsuns. - Edge Magazine

"Rock show."

Come check out these bands tear up the stage at Flamingo. The funeral is an ex-austin band who has moved to Denver, so let welcome home one of our own. The Hat Madder just came back from the 1st Motor City Music Confence, which was modeled after sxsw & cmj. THM was in the company of ...Trail of Dead & the Handsome Charlies. Yea - Austin Punk Rock

"Friday night at Trophy's"

The Hat Madder played first and rocked the house. They've got a great guitar-heavy melodic sound. Reminded me of some of some great college radio hard-rocker that I haven't heard yet. Keep an eye on these guys. I think we may be playing with them again and I'll be looking forward to it. - ian of the unbearables

"Mopa, the Funeral (ex-belu), Full Service, the Hat Madder, Pale"

Good show, this one. Houston’s Pale opens things up, and then The Hat Madder come along with their Nirvana meets the Pixies dance, getting things rolling even further with some loud guitars and hooks by the boatload. I don’t know if they’re still wearing all white, but if so – it works in a weird way. Full Service takes on the middle slot with their funky rock that hearkens to 311, early Chilis, Sublime. Fourth…remember Austin’s Belu a while back with a killer animated video on AMN? Well, they relocated to Denver, renamed the project The Funeral, and they’re on tour. And believe it or not, the sound is darker and heavier than before…hence the name, perhaps? MOPA’s cerebral brand of modern rock closes the evening. - Flamingo Cantina


Vehicle: 3 songs that are currently getting play around the Austin area.


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Hat Madder formed in early 2004 in Austin, TX from the ashes of other projects. They met and quickly found that they completely agreed with each other’s musical taste and ambitions. Demo tapes were made and before they knew it, they had a strong rock act on their hands. The Hat Madder sound is best described as Experimental, Aggressive, Indie rock. Influences have included the likes of Sonic Youth, The Pixies, DEVO and 90’s indie aficionados Archers of Loaf. Their loud and energetic live shows have quickly created an eager fan base, and have attracted the attention of industry personnel around the Austin area. Six months after the formation of The Hat Madder, they were approached by Detroit-based indie label Exhaust Records. As a result, The Hat Madder will be recording their debut album at the end of February 2005 at The Cavern in Tucson, AZ and is slated to be released in late spring of the same year. While working with Exhaust Records, Jeff Burton of Indie Horror Films heard the song “Let You Down” and is putting it in his latest film “Dead End Road,” which features Dee Wallace-Stone (“E.T.”,” Cujo”). The Hat Madder will be playing several large music festivals this spring, including SXSW and the Motor City Music Conference, and is planning a summer tour to support their upcoming debut “Friend of the Devil.”