New Artist of the Day – MadisonTumbling bleary-eyed and almost-fully-formed from the smouldering ashes of Glasgow teen punkers The Celestians and Cumbernauld’s Downfall, Madison are making something of an impact on the Scottish scene with their blistering, sun-dappled pop molotov cocktails. Joe Whyte gives us the low down on this piano / pop quartet.

They’re about to release their debut EP which is led by a rather spiffing video for the title track, Cogs And Wheels, which you can see below.

The band, led by Russell Ferguson’s somewhat arch vocals and splintery guitar, have a little of the feel of Luke Haines’s best work about them; classy pop with a sinister undertow about it. First single, Armbands, is indicative of their style; Ferguson’s crystalline vocals and the band’s complex, intriguing interplay and dynamics.


Glaswegian movers, shakers and radio types are falling over themselves with compliments and airplay for Madison. Jim Gellately from Clyde 1 has recently not only had them in his “ones to watch” list, and he also featured them in his Sun column.

(Not that we at LTW would encourage anyone to read The Sun of course ….)


The young rhythm section of drummer Callum Wilson (a veritable whirlwind of sticks, tricks, twirls and ehm….standing up whilst playing) and bass man Oliver Prinn craft a surging, eye-popping backdrop to Ferguson and sideman Keir Palmer’s intermeshing guitars. Theres a real pop sensibility to much of Ferguson’s writing, but as mentioned, it sure ain’t sugar-coated. He’s a sharp-tongued young man, that’s for sure.

For such a new band, onstage Madison are seasoned campaigners; probably a hark-back to their teenage days of struggling around the four-bands-on-the-bill-sell-your-own-tickets racket that exists in Glasgow and elsewhere that I personally regard as pay-to-play for many young musicians.

Thankfully, unlike most, Madison have thrived and it’s surely only a matter of time before their persistence, not to mention their sparkling songs will see them gain the exposure that they deserve.

Watch this space.

Madison can be found on Facebook here. Listen to more of their sounds on Soundcloud.

Words by Joe Whyte. More writing by Joe on Louder Than War can be found here.

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Joe Whyte is guitarist with punk rockin' Johnny Cash tribute Jericho Hill and reformed 70's punks Reaction. He has formerly played with End Result, Reverend Snakehips Country Messiahs, God-Fearing Atheists and many, many other failed attempts at rock notoriety. Joe also writes for Vive Le Rock and Louder Than War magazine. He lives in Glasgow and in his other less glamorous life works in mental health.


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