Mad (band)

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Mad
Origin Buenos Aires
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1997–present
Website http://www.madrock.com.ar
Members El Gato
Diego Castelli
Julián Mendez Morgan
Nicolás Barreiro
Vasco Urionagüena
Past members Tomy Casparri
Plato Caressa
Pelusa Suffloni
Sindi Bramajo
Rodrigo Chaparro

Mad is a hard rock band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was formed in 1997.

Biography[edit]

Formed in 1996, the band consists of Tomy Casparri (lead vocals), Diego Castelli (bass), Julián Méndez Morgan (guitar), Pelusa Suffloni (guitar) and Rodrigo Chaparro (drums). With a "sound of powerful and overwhelming rock" they began by playing in the local underground rock scene.

They soon recorded their self-titled debut album 'MAD' which was released in 1998 and gained reasonable radio airplay having been well received by the critcis. They were subsequently invited to play in several rock festivals organised by Rock and Pop FM and recorded two songs for a 4K Records CD compilation.

In 2000 Mad was chosen by Eric Singer (former drummer of KISS) to support him for his KISS Exposition in Buenos Aires. In the same year they were chosen to play twice in Mar Del Plata city and also in Buenos Aires as the headlining act at a music festival organised by the national beer, Quilmes.

In January 2001 Mad played to a crowd of 50,000 people in the Monsters Of Rock Festival opening for Iron Maiden, Rob Halford and Queens of the Stone Age at Vélez Sársfield football stadium. They also appeared in several shows at the club Cemento, widely regarded as the "temple of Argentine rock" having hosted many famous bands in Argentine rock history such as Redonditos de Ricota, Las Pelotas and A.N.I.M.A.L. The shows were excellently produced and during this time Mad were very much the "band of the moment".

In mid-2001 they entered the "El Pie" recording studio to record "En Llamas" (In Flames), their second album. Produced by 4K Records/Sony Music the first single "Pajarito On The Rocks" soon became a big hit, for which a video was made.

In 2004 the guitarist Nicolas Barreiro jumped into the new lineup, and the band recorded its third album "Seguí La Flecha" (Follow The Arrow) produced by Adrián Taverna (Divididos, Attaque 77, Redonditos de Ricota, Soda Stereo, Riff, Gustavo Cerati). From this album, several radio hits were born, like "La Rueda", "Imperdonable" and "El Postre", a song for which another music video was made starring Playboy Playmate Celina Rucci.

A special electric/acoustic "unplugged" style show was recorded in December 2005 and as of August 2006 is due to shortly be released as a live album. They followed this show with a performance at the Cosquin Rock Festival held by San Roque lakeside in the province of Cordoba.

April 2006 was a turbulent time for the band losing 2 members. Drummer Plato Caressa left by mutual agreement on friendly terms after he felt he couldn't commit himself fully to the band. Replacement Vasco Urionagüena soon became accustomed to his role having acted as Plato's stand-in on previous occasions.

Lead singer Tomy Caspari was suddenly ejected from the band and they have issued no official statement as to the reason for his departure.

The band ceased performing for several months whilst they held auditions to find a suitable replacement for Tomy and eventually found an ideal frontman "El Gato" which initially caused some concern amongst the fans due in part to many suggesting he looks like English pop singer Robbie Williams, and would he have the hard-edged Brian Johnson style vocals that Tomy emulated?

Following some intensive practice sessions and a website re-launch the band has embarked on a string of gigs throughout Argentina and the new line-up has been well received by both the media and more importantly the fans.

Discography[edit]

Mad[edit]

Produced in 1998 by David Urrutia.

01. Garra, Corazón y Huevos

02. Expreso Rock

03. El Boxeador

04. Gemidos De Amor

05. Mamá Está Presa

06. Gato De La Noche

07. Obsesionado (Por El R'n'R)

08. 'Cariciame El Mamú

09. El Pez Polera

10. Mal Parida

En Llamas[edit]

Produced in 2001 by Adrián Taverna
Quatro K Records / Sony Music Entertainment Argentina

01. Fierros Calientes

02. Noche De Rock

03. Pajarito On The Rocks

04. La Máquina De Amar

05. En Llamas

06. Rocío De Miel

07. Perro De Yeso

08. Nuestra Señora Del Metal

09. EMP

10. Pestañeá (Q.V.E.N.)

Seguí La Flecha[edit]

Produced in 2004 by Adrián Taverna
UMI Argentina

01. Siguen Golpeando

02. La Rueda

03. Electrorock

04. Humedecido

05. Mutaciones

06. Si Es Mujer Mejor

07. El Postre

08. Cuánto Hace Que No ?

09. Piquetero

10. Toro Viejo

11. Imperdonable

12. Bien Los Tres

13. Viaje De Ida

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