Madeline Matthews is a California musician and songwriter who records as MAWD and whose work is a beautiful and rollicking brew of soulful rock 'n' roll, blues and pop. From her husky Karen O-esque vocals to the fiery desire that seems to well up in her heart, she exudes a fierceness that immediately grabs and holds your attention. She doesn't attempt to hold back the tides of her impressive musical instincts but merely directs them for maximum impact.
She shares a common musical DNA with bands like Alabama Shakes and The Black Lips, concocting a series of gritty rock expulsions and bluesy revelations that swirl and collide in an atmosphere of darkly insightful pop adaptation. A multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, accordion and banjo, Matthews calls upon a wide reservoir of influences to build her cavernous rock eruptions.
On recent single, "Dark Room," she offers a dramatic and confident contemplation of isolation while guitars buzz and spin around her and drums clatter and thud in the background. Created with the help of producers Roger Gisborne and Josiah Mezzaschi (Kate Nash, The Jesus and Mary Chain), the song is searing burst of rock theatricality that spins in your head, leaving you dizzy and breathless. Hard-driving rhythms, scathing guitar lines and Matthews' scorching voice all combine to form a potent realization of what modern rock and blues music should be.
"I felt like I was going crazy, sitting in my dark dingy dorm room, struggling with the longing for a comforting feeling, trying to fit in, feeling like a stranger in my skin, and discovering a new dark part of my mind," she reveals about the creative process and inspiration behind "Dark Room."