Last updated: 08/22/2006
Steve Pic » Vocals
Dennis Ortega » Keyboard/Vocals
Brandon Pecoraro » Guitar
James Colleary » Guitar
Jonathan Snyder » Bass
Richard Dieckhoff » Drums
With the release of their debut record on Fidelity Records "For The First Time In Years...I'm Leaving You," Madison proves themselves once again to be a truly honest, hardworking band.
Fronted by singer Steve Pic, Madison hit the VFW Hall Circuit of New Jersey hard from the beginning. Starting by playing small shows across New Jersey and the tri-state area, Madison impressed audiences wherever they went. With guitarists Brandon Pecoraro and Jim Colleary, keyboardist Dennis Ortega, bassist Jonathan Snyder, and drummer Rich Dieckhoff, Madison did whatever it took to make a new fan. Armed with nothing other than their love for music, and passion for their live performance, the 6-piece soon made a strong name for themselves.
Getting nothing handed to them easily, Madison had to work for everything. Hitting the studio with their small budget, Madison recorded the “Almost Gone Today” Demo. This demo featured three only tracks and quickly sold out at shows. With the great response to their music, Madison entered the studio again and recorded a demo version of “How Can I Run.” While this song was available for download on the late Mp3.com, it earned them an astounding 180,000 plays, twice a front-page featured band spot, and even personal recognition from the CEO of Mp3.com. Along with this accomplishment, Madison earned themselves the number 1 spot on the Mp3.com Alternative charts for the entire country and number 14 on all of Mp3.com. In addition to this, Madison has been the number 4 most viewed unsigned band on all of Purevolume.com.
Gaining fans everywhere they played, Madison landed the opening spot on New Jersey’s Skate and Surf Festival 2003 where they played for thousands of people. Soon after Madison embarked on their first east-coast tour. With a great summer for Madison coming to an end, they finished it off by landing a spot playing the final date on the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. This being an unbelievable performance, Madison was amazed with the position they had worked to get themselves into in just one short year.
Never stopping to move up to the next level, Madison hit the studio with producer Jesse Canon (The Cure, Limp Bizkit, Senses Fail, The Misfits, A Static Lullaby) in January 2004 to record their debut EP “For The First Time In Years...I’m Leaving You.” With 7 diverse songs, “For The First Time In Years...I’m Leaving You,” is hard to place into a single genre. With catchy tracks such as “How Can I Run,” and “Missing Since March 11th” along with acoustic song “I’ve Got Fives,” this record will leave the listener singing along to every word.
Now centered on touring full-time, Madison is playing non-stop across the United States. Playing on two weeks of the 2004 Vans Warped Tour and earning a spot on the first ever Purevolume.com and Absolutepunk.net tour, Madison is showing to audiences everywhere that this band is definitely something to keep an eye out for.Since the release of their debut E.P, Madison is now centered on touring full-time, playing non-stop across the United States. Since June of 2004, Madison has gone on five national tours including the 2004 Vans Warped tour and the first ever Purevolume.com and Absolutepunk.net tour featuring Drive Thru Records’ Hidden in Plain View and Hellogoodbye, and a tour headlined by Vagrant Records’ Senses Fail, playing for crowds sized around 1,500 people every night. With a list of endorsements featuring Hamer Guitars, DR Strings, and C&C Custom Drums, along with selling over 4,000 copies of their debut EP by themselves without any major distribution, Madison is proud of where they are standing. As easily seen in their audience appeal, Madison is showing people across the nation that this band is definitely something to keep an eye out for.