Hartford post-punkers MAKE DO AND MEND (MDAM) hit the studio last week to record their full-length debut, which will be released later this year via Paper + Plastick Records, in conjunction with the band’s long-standing label, Panic Records. With plans to be locked away until July 6th, the quartet will split time with co-producers Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Death Threat) at Dexter’s Lab in Milford, CT and Jason Maas (Bane, Verse, Title Fight) at Getaway Group studio in Wakefield, MA. With nearly a dozen songs ready to record that range in subject matter from isolation, to the trials and tribulations of playing in a touring band, vocalist/guitarist James Carroll confides “the sound is definitely more mature than anything from our previous EPs, but overall it definitely a MDAM record; very driving, heavy and filled with a lot of emotion.”
"It’s been exciting to watch MDAM grow as a band. We’ve become very good friends and the band itself has been a big part of Panic Records growth,” says Panic Records owner Timm McIntosh. “Our main priority at Panic Records is to help the bands on the label, and so it’s a logical step to team up with Paper + Plastick to help continue MDAM‘s growth. I can’t wait for this record to drop… everything MDAM touches is gold." Paper + Plastick Records owner Vinnie Fiorello adds "This collaboration is an exciting one for me and P+P. I love and respect Panic as a label, and to be able to work with them on such an amazing project like MDAM is inspirational and lends itself to the fact that the music scene doesn’t have to be cutthroat to survive and thrive.”
Recently wrapping a handful of dates supporting Set Your Goals and Comeback Kid, MDAM’s Do-It-Yourself ethos, sincerity and hardwork will be affirmed just hours after leaving the studio. The band recently announced the first leg of a summer tour that kicks off in Baltimore on July 6th, and spans the rest of the summer. The first round of dates (July 6 thru August 1) include shows with Hostage Calm, Heartsounds, This Is Hell, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Shook Ones, as well as sets at the Sound And Fury Festival in Santa Barbara, CA and Van Isle Hardcore Fest VI in Victoria, BC. “This summer tour is going to be 53 days long,” says MDAM vocalist/guitarist James Carroll, “so that will give us plenty of time to get some new songs in road shape.” More dates thru the end of August will be announced shortly.
MDAM exploded onto the scene with their sophomore EP, Bodies Of Water, which was offered to fans as a free download. The album was well received across the board and left ThePunksite to claim “[Bodies Of Water is] a cohesive piece of post-hardcore music that ebbs and flows with anticipation, passion and sincerity.” In anticipation of their full-length, MDAM is releasing a split 7” with Touché Amoré later this Summer on Panic Records/6131 Records, which features the track “Hand Me Downs,” streaming on the band’s MySpace page.