When you get a submission from someone you’re not that familiar with (have heard of but know nothing about them) you do certain things. In this new era of social media that tends to be the first place I check out. For a couple of reasons: 1. to see the input that fans put about the band and 2. to see how many fans they have. It’s kind of a shallow reason, but I think it speaks to the bands ability if they can get their name out there and have music that will make people comment and sign up for their site.
I went through all these steps with Mary Magadalan and discovered they have a fan base that makes comments like, “Music has been waiting for this,” “You are my inspiration and reason to get up in the morning,” “I need your music to get me through the times when things are the bleakest.” Those are some pretty bold statements and not things that fans take lightly. Music is our soul and we don’t always put our soul out there. I also noticed on their Facebook, which is notoriously hard to get “likes” on that they have a fan army of over 314,000. Holy crap, with that many fans I better take this pretty seriously. After I got into the music I understood another reason why it should be taken so seriously.
More after the warp:
You will find on the Mary Magadalan Reverb Site that the lead singer and namesake Mary Magadalan has led a life of trauma that very few have ever experienced or able to compare too. With death, addictions, mental illness, and more addiction you realize from briefly reading that Mary is lucky to be alive let alone able to express her feelings through music.
This trauma becomes evident in songs like “Dirty Trash.” This is certainly Not Safe for Work, but the vulgarity of the music gets the point across that it doesn’t matter how you do it, but survival and rising above maybe the mystery of life. I’m not going to lie; the music is very “Methods of Mayhem” with lots of overlays and electronic gadgets. It might not be everyone’s definition of Metal, but Mary doesn’t seem to be the type to play by the rules.
The members, Mary, Gzus, and Jizm connect with the fans in ways that most musicians don’t have the opportunity to experience. By going through the trials the band has unfortunately been privy to; the fans know they have been there and “get it.” It’s associated to the addictions counseling model of having a recovering addict treat a current addict. If Mary Magadalan can have that effect on teens and those that need to take that step then I will cover the band anytime.
They have a double CD out titled R.I.P. and a new CD that just dropped called “Fear & Loathing.” Fear & Loathing is a mix tape where Mary is paired with artists like Lil’ Wayne, Lady Gaga, and Axl Rose. She also threw in some covers of Britney Spears and Slipknot. It’s cool to hear someone take the angry approach on songs that we thought were already angry.
She is currently on tour so if she is in the area check her out, even if it’s not your thing listen to the music and think of someone in your life that her message might help.
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