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mad martigan

San Diego, California, United States | SELF

San Diego, California, United States | SELF
Band Rock Blues


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Mad Martigan _Self titled EP



This San Diego rock band is known for their raw live show, witty songs, and an intangible chemistry. They have no musical boundaries blending blues, funk, metal, jazz, and classic rock into a style all their own. John(vocal), Adrian(bass), and Jared(guitar) all grew up together in the small town of Carbondale, CO. Jared was a born musician, playing anything he could from a young age. Adrian and John got their start in music through church; John started as young as kindergarten in church choir, which he stuck with through high school, and Adrian learned to play bass to fill a need in the Sunday Worship band. They started playing together in High School for fun, but in 2005 Adrian and Jared moved to San Diego to make music their life, where they met Josh (drums). Josh had grown up in So Cal and played drums his whole life. Before he met Adrian and Jared he had been on the look for the right band. They formed a band together with a singer from Arizona and called it "Love handle." A couple years into Love Handle, things were going well until the singer quit, out of the blue. This so happened to be the time Adrian and Jared would be going home to Carbondale for Thanksgiving. There they approached John, again, about moving to CA. He had not in the first place because of the deaths of his father and sister, which had sent his life in the wrong direction, and he had lost focus. With his past settled he took the second chance and in March of 2007 Adrian, Jared, Josh and John formed Mad Martigan.
Explaining their music is tricky. The great hard rock/grunge music of their childhood (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins) plays a major part. On the other hand there is a strong groovy, jazz- funk sound, influenced by bands like the Chili Peppers and 311. The best way to that "our love for all types of music allows us to not be boxed in by the confines of genre." The melodies, written by John, give the music strong continuity and add a lot of character, with lyrics covering topics from young love to the pain of losing a loved one.
The interests and personalities of the band, outside of music, are much like their approach to their songs. They are open minded and approachable people who love to have a good time. They are all friends, as much as they are band mates, which is a feeling they portray in their live shows. "We go on stage to gain fans, but they always end up more like friends," the band has been quoted saying. A normal show night means great music with an energized audience and plenty of Jameson shots for all!
The bottom line is Mad Martigan is made up of ordinary guys with extraordinary talent. They would love to grab a beer and shoot the breeze with the people who appreciate music as much as they do. This down to earth approach to life and music, combined with their raw ability and wisdom beyond their years, creates the life and music of Mad Martigan.