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Brooklyn, NY
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Portrait of New Madrid

New Madrid is a three-headed monster. Their music and lyrics are an amalgamation of rock culture and South American idioms, a blending of languages and rhythms: Un estilo engendrado en Latino America pero creado en Norte America. Based in Brooklyn, fully formed in 2009, New Madrid is: Axel Ito (lead vocals, drums, keys), Anthony Formichella (bass, backing vocals), and Erik Barragan (guitar, backing vocals). In their sound the influence of Andes and Caribbean rhythms lends the contemporary American and British Rock/Alternative genre a much-needed diversity.

In the past year, New Madrid's explosive live show has garnered much interest. The band has expanded their boundaries beyond New York, becoming a mainstay in Philadelphia and Connecticut. In 2011, they released their single "La Araña", rocked the Highline Ballroom and celebrated shows at The Studio at Webster Hall, and even graced the stage at Governor's Island for The City of Water Festival. New Madrid has made a name for themselves as New York City headliners--most recently during Independence Fest at Knitting Factory Brooklyn--and their annual Cinco de Mayo show at Pianos set the LES on fire. Currently New Madrid is recording their second EP, and is busy writing new material.

New Madrid is the next and most needed step in rock evolution: bilingual rock. Una fusion, un nuevo lenguaje, una nueva cancion unida; eso es New Madrid.