** Review by Leigh**
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 http://themadextras.com/ – they’re a band to keep an eye on.
** We will be featuring more on The Mad Extras soon so keep a watch out. In the meantime you can follow them on FaceBook