Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Punk blues string trio chamber-pop, avant-rock, out-of-the-orchestra-pit
Most recent releases, Lamentation and Ideas 4: 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore (EPs, 2017)
I'm somewhat reminded of PJ Harvey fronting a string trio, with a healthy dose of Riot Grrrl vocal-styling thrown in. (10/01, neal)
Madigan was a great discovery this year. I didn't even get to hear much of her music before we had them play one of the most exciting house concerts we've had so far. A string trio (cello, string bass and drums) playing punk blues. This music blew away my crowded living room, and has revisited my player throughout the year.
Comments about live performance:
Bonfire Madigan blew us away with a truly unique set of alternafolk-punk grrl cello rock. The band consisted of Madigan Shive on cello and vocals, two other women on stand-up bass and violin, and a guy on drums. I didn't know what we were in for, but wow, what a performance! I don't even know how to describe them since there's not much to compare them to. I guess they bear a passing resemblance to Jorane, simply because they're both female cellist-singers, but Madigan's music has a lot more energy and attitude than anything I've heard from Jorane. Anyway, we liked them so much that we bought two CDs at the show, and plan to make the two-hour drive to Philadelphia tonight to see them play at Khyber Pass. A highly recommended night out for any ectophiles who happen to be in their path! (9/00, email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
I'm most partial to Saddle the Bridge (10/01, neal)
1996—Moon Puss Records—002
Available from Bonfire Madigan's Bandcamp page
Madigan Shive—cellos, guitar, vocals
Madigan Shive, Sheri Ozeki
This album is much rawer than the later discs. Punkier and muddier. It's most interesting as a chance to look at the roots of the later sound, which are evident, though less well developed, on this album. The last 30 minutes of this disc are devoted to the song "The Girl With Her Foot Behind Her Head (The Contortionist's Song)", which sounds like incidental music from The Residents on different instruments. (11/01, neal)
1998—Kill Rock Stars/villa villakula records—vvk-13/krs-299
Cooler U.S. indie stores and Bonfire Madigan's Bandcamp page
High if you like edgy/punky ectofare
Madigan Shive—vocal, cello, acoustic guitar, sound FX
Shelley Doty—vocals, electric guitar, acoustic slide guitar
Madigan Shive, Tomas Balermo, Sheri Ozeki
This disc is pretty rough, but has a lot of excitement that is constantly bursting out, barely contained. The occasional scratching is interesting, and Madigan is pretty punky. Her voice breaks into shrieks and yelps. The cello/bass combo is constantly being layered, and then pounded over by the drums. (10/01, neal)
2000—Kill Rock Stars—KRS357
Cooler indie stores and Bonfire Madigan's Bandcamp page
High for fans of edgy fare
Madigan Shive—vocals, cello, guitar
Sheri Ozeki and Madigan Shive
Madigan's vocals and the band's playing sounds more full and confident on this release. The singing is more expressive. While Burnpile occasionally dips into unbridled shrieks (not a bad thing), this album sounds more melodic and fuller. Perhaps it's the production, but the fuller sound is quite notable. Burnpile is more of a punk album, while on Saddle the Bridge,the cello and bass playing is so much more distinct, and melodic. Plus, it rumbles more! (10/01, neal)
2002—MoonPuss UniVerse/Little Echoes—MoonPuss003/leo007
Highly recommended for fans of edgy indie music
Madigan Shive—vocals, cello, guitar
Biggs and Mads
Edgy but still affecting and beautiful, the melodies and vocals go in both expected and unexpected directions, making for fascinating, moody listening. A lovely—but too brief at only 5 tracks—collection. (Neile)
A track called "Swarm" appears on the Sleeping Off Stolen Dreams soundtrack.
Thanks to Neal Copperman for work on this entry.
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