Madina Lake
Madina Lake
Background Information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genre Alternative Rock
Years active 2005-present
Label(s) Roadrunner
Associated Acts The Blank Theory
Nathan Leone
Mateo Camargo
Matthew Leone
Dan Torelli

Madina Lake is an American alternative rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A in 2005.

Madina Lake released their debut album From Them, Through Us, to You through Roadrunner Records on March 27, 2007. Madina Lake won Best International Newcomer at the 2007 Kerrang! Awards.[1]


Formation and The Disappearance of Adalia EP (2005–2006)Edit

Nathan and Matthew Leone were first in a band known as The Blank Theory based in Chicago, Illinois. Drummer Dan Torelli and Mateo Camargo were in a band called Reforma that had relocated to Chicago and both bands shared the same manager and often toured together. Nathan and Matthew befriended Dan and Mateo, and unhappy with their current situations decided to disband their respective bands, and form Madina Lake. Shawn Currie of The Blank Theory was in the original line up samples for Madina Lake, but left shortly after the band started working on material. They played their first show as Madina Lake on May 21, 2005, at Chicago's historic Metro.[2]

Nathan and Matthew Leone first gained nationwide media recognition when they appeared in a special edition of Twin Fear Factor. They won $45,000- $20,000 from finishing the first stunt the fastest, and $25,000 from finishing one of the two last stunts the fastest- and used it to pay for a recording process and demo of Madina Lake's first self-produced EP entitled The Disappearance of Adalia, which was released on August 22, 2006.

From Them, Through Us, to You (2006–2008)Edit

After releasing The Disappearance of Adalia, Madina Lake gained a recording contract and signed with Roadrunner Records in April 2006 and created their first full length album entitled From Them, Through Us, to You, which was released on March 27, 2007.[3] It was produced, engineered and mixed by Mark Trombino. The album debuted at #154 on the Billboard 200 album charts, and at #60 on the UK album charts.

The release of From Them, Through Us, to You was followed up by a headlining tour with Fightstar and participating in the Projekt Revolution tour. At first they had originally planned to play Warped Tour 2007, but dropped out to play on the Revolution Stage when Linkin Park specifically chose them.[4] The band has also toured (at different times) alongside such acts as Story of the Year, Aiden, Halifax, and Mayday Parade, among others.

Between Jan and Feb 2008 they toured the UK playing in the Kerrang tour alongside Fightstar and Coheed and Cambria.

On May 3, 2008, Madina Lake played their third year of The Bamboozle festival in New Jersey and on June 14, 2008, they also played the infamous Download Festival in Donington Park on the Main stage and wrapped up touring From Them, Through Us, to You on Warped Tour 2008 from July 9 to July 25.

A DVD that chronicles the writing and recording process of From Them, Through Us, to You as well as tours and events that followed is scheduled to be released before the end of 2008.[5]

Madina Lake was also given a slot to play in Osaka, Japan at the Summer Sonic Festival 2007.Madina Lake recorded a cover of Caught Somewhere In Time from the Iron Maiden Album Somewhere in Time for a cover CD called Maiden Heaven: A Tribute to Iron Maiden, which was given away with the July 16 issue of Kerrang! magazine.

Attics to Eden (2009–2010)Edit

Madina Lake recorded their second studio album, and it was produced by David Bendeth and was released on May 5, 2009.

To start off the touring stint for Attics to Eden, Madina Lake supported Anberlin on their Canadian tour.[6] They will also play a show with Emery and Silverstein at the Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii in Late February.[6]

Madina Lake are scheduled to play Soundwave festival 2009 from February 21 through March 2.[7] After Soundwave they played three shows in Japan with Less Than Jake.

They are also confirmed to play all dates in the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.[8][9]

They confirmed that "Let's Get Outta Here" would be the second single released from their 2009 second studio album Attics to Eden, they will shoot a video for the song, as confirmed via their website.[10] Madina Lake is doing a few shows with Escape The Fate and A Skylit Drive. To begin the promotional tour for Attics to Eden, Madina Lake supported Anberlin on their Canadian tour.[6] They will also play a show with Emery and Silverstein at the Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii in late February.[6] Madina Lake is also a supporting act of Alesana's VS. Tour, along with The Bled, Broadway, Enter Shikari, and Asking Alexandria at select locations.

Madina Lake played at the Soundwave festival 2009 from February 21 through March 2.[7] After Soundwave they played three shows in Japan with Less Than Jake, followed by a slot in Leeds and Reading festivals in August, an East Coast tour in America in September, and a UK and Europe tour in October.

The Dresden Codex (2010–present)Edit

The band toured the UK as part of the 'Arlene Ball tour' in March and April 2010, with support from We Are The Ocean and Mayday Parade. Local bands got the chance of a support slot through a competition Madina Lake ran with Atticus Clothing.[11] It was intended to support their new EP, The Dresden Codex,[12] which according to vocalist Nathan Leone sounds closer to their debut "From Them, Through Us, To You" than "Attics to Eden". The name of the album refers to a Mayan astrological codex, one of the oldest existing, as it is thought to be a copy of an even older text. This holds with Madina Lake's tradition of bringing astrology into their backstory, known colloquially as 'The Folklore'. The Dresden Codex was recorded in South Beach, Florida, in early 2010, and made appearances at the UK Sonisphere Festival on August 1 and Hevy Music Festival on August 8, 2010 in Kent. In May 2010 it was announced via an interview with Rocksound that they had left their record label, Roadrunner.[13]

On 30 June, bassist Matthew Leone was hospitalized after intervening in a domestic violence incident involving a man beating his wife.[14] He suffered many injuries including a fractured skull, broken jaw and a swollen brain.[15] On August 2, it was reported that Leone was recovering from "a second significant surgery, and is on his way to recovery." [16] Just days earlier, The Smashing Pumpkins, the favorite band of both Leone brothers, played a benefit show in Chicago for Matthew to pay his hospital bills. They raised $80,000.[17]


The band sets its music in a fictional town from the 1950s isolated from the rest of the world that's been turned upside-down with the mysterious disappearance of their most famous socialite, Adalia. The music provides an outlet for the band's views on politics, culture, and the media's obsession with celebrity status. The theme behind the band's music is in relation to the mystery of Adalia. The album artwork shows images of her and the mysteries behind her and the town of Madina Lake. It's a concept from the mind of Matthew Leone that is set to span three albums and includes a book as well as a website devoted to helping fans solve the case by uncovering "clues" hidden in the lyrics, album art, and videos.[18]



Main article:Madina Lake discography

Studio albumsEdit

Extended playsEdit


  1. Gibson United Kingdom - Kramer guitar sponsors 'Best International Newcomer' at the Kerrang! Awards! 2007 in London
  3. Lynch, Casey (March 2007). "100 Bands You Need to Know - Madina Lake[sic]". Alternative Press #225.2, p. 172.
  4. Madina Lake Drops Off Warped - News Article -
  5. SkipMag Madina Lake Interview
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Anberlin/Madina Lake/Between the Trees Tour
  7. 7.0 7.1
  10. Madina Lake Website
  18. Concept Interview

External linksEdit

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