The Madeira

The Madeira began in 2004 in Indianapolis, IN. The band features Ivan Pongracic on lead guitar, the founder of the 1990s surf music icons the Space Cossacks; Patrick O’Connor on rhythm guitar, the founder of the Indy space-surf mavens Destination: Earth!; Dane Carter on drums; and Todd Fortier on bass. The Madeira have released six CDs: “Sandstorm” (2005), “Ruins” EP (2006), “Carpe Noctem” (2008), “Tribal Fires” (2012), “Sonic Cataclysm – Live” (2014), and “Ancient Winds (2015). They’ve played all around the US, including three California tours as well as shows on the East Coast and in the South, though they primarily play in the Indiana/Illinois/Ohio/Michigan/Wisconsin area. They headlined the third and final night of the 2009 Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno, Italy, followed by a 10-day Italian tour. UK’s Pipeline magazine, the leading surf/instrumental-rock fanzine in the world, selected “Carpe Noctem” Album of the Year in 2008, “Sonic Cataclysm” the Album of the Year in 2014, “Ancient Winds” Album of the Year in 2015, and “Sandstorm” and “Tribal Fires” as runners-up for the Album of the Year in 2006 and 2012, respectively. NUVO Indianapolis Weekly paper included “Carpe Noctem” in their April 2014 article “100 Best Hoosier Albums Ever,” among albums by music legends Wes Montgomery, the Jackson Five and John Mellencamp. The band was also featured in a full-page article in the March 2014 issue of the Guitar Player magazine in the column titled “Now Hear This – Snappy Profiles of Players You Should Know.”

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