By Jacqueline Grima
This August, Manchester band Mad Winter will be launching their new EP Emergence at the city’s Night and Day café. The event takes place on 20th August and includes music from the band, special guests and an after show party at 42’s nightclub.
Mad Winter are made up of James Hartley (lead vocals/guitar), George Fitzgibbon (lead guitar), Scott Morris (bass) and Callum Thomson (drums). Humanity Hallows recently caught up with the band to ask them more:
Tell us a bit more about the band. How long have you guys been together?
We’ve been together as a band for nearly 2 years now but we have only been known as Mad Winter for one of those years! We used to be called Islands and we made indie, light electronic music. We changed our whole sound and image when we realised how bad everything looked and sounded, so we changed it up! Mad Winter brought along songs such as ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Get Away’, songs that were more powerful and had more impact!
Tell us about the new EP
The EP’s three tracks have been with us for about a year now – ‘Get Away’ was written first, then ‘Let Me Know’, and lastly, ‘Running Low’. All three songs mean quite a lot to us because they are the roots of the band’s sound and have impacted the way people listen to and watch us so much more than what we used to play!
What can the audience expect from the launch night?
We like to keep our audiences updated with brand new tracks as soon as they’re ready to perform and new live tricks with our older tracks. The audience can expect a night of dancing, energy, loud crashing drums and a good laugh with their mates at the after party in 42’s. It will be a cracking night out!
Is it important to you to support local venues like the Night and Day café?
It is very important to support local venues! We play them as much as we can and play to the best of our abilities while we’re there to give Manchester a great reputation for upcoming bands like ourselves. Playing local venues also means that they are easy to fill up, due to friends and family who live nearby. Manchester crowds are always, and will always be, the best crowds around!!
What’s next for Mad Winter?
The next chapter of Mad Winter is similar to what we have now, but bigger! A bigger fan base, more gigs in bigger venues, more songs and just a name that’s more and more well known throughout Manchester. We’d also love to branch out from Manchester venues at some point too, possibly hit London gigs or Birmingham. Just a bit of hard work and dedication needed!
The event is for over 18s only. Tickets cost £6 and can be obtained from skiddle.com with doors opening at 8pm. Entry to the after party at 42’s costs £1 and includes a free shot.
Emergence is due to be released on 19th August and can be pre-ordered from 29th July. For more info, see the Mad Winter Facebook page.