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(Rudekat Records)

Hailing from the musically fertile mud of Brisbane’s West End Scene, The MadTones have forged out their own original mash of Ska Reggae infused with the soul flavours of Australia’s Pacific Coast. A warning to those experiencing their first MadTones live show – you will find yourself getting swept up in the collective euphoria of getting your jive on. Whether it’s a dank basement or the arena, The MadTones take the energy up and get the place bouncing. Founders Kazman and Dougie Fresh started the band as a busking experiment in 2014. Other musicians flocked to the sound and suddenly 2 became 7. According to Bassist Rudi Quinzalez – Kazman is an incredible vocalist, but something had to done about his guitar playing (laughs). This led to the recruitment of Winston Chadwick (guitar) and Tashka Urban on Keys, who were later joined by saxophonist Skye Bailie and Drummer Nicky O.D. With a weekly residency at the well-loved Vision Gallery (RIP) they quickly established a loyal fan-base in Brisbane and gravitated into a close orbit with the Qld Ska Scene. The small bar gigs gave way to main stages at outdoor festivals on the Australian circuit including Island Vibe Festival, Earth Frequency Festival, Happy Daze, Kuranda Roots Festival, The Qld International Ska Festival as well as regular appearances at Brisbane’s best venues, The Triffid, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall and the world-renowned Reggae sessions in Byron Bay and Raglan NZ. Work is underway on a full-length album, which is due out in June 2019 on Rudekat Records. For Bookings contact: Rudi Quinzalez rudekatrecords@gmail.com www.facebook/themadtones https://youtu.be/m-8pEAZYG_w https://soundcloud.com/user-89748168 The MadTones are: Terry Kazman Cassells (Vox/guitar) Kazman is a world travelled singer with a great pedigree of experience, having fronted Hot Rubber Glove, Dynamic Thrills and is currently the singer of Dubmarine. Kazman’s vocal technique has carved him out an unparalleled niche in Australian music for his versatility, power and range. Always experimenting and pushing sonic boundaries, Kazman has the ability to sound like a chorus of didgeridoos and a troupe of Tibetan chanting monks simultaneously. Of mixed irish and Aboriginal ancestry, he has toured extensively through Australia playing at the prestigious Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, The National Folk Festival Canberra, Earth Frequency, Island Vibe. In 2012/13 Kazman toured Europe, Reunion Island and South Africa with Dubmarine . Rudi Quinzalez (Vox/Bass) Rudi grew up in the small jungle town of Kuranda in North Queensland and is the mastermind behind the underground Rudekat Records label and the founding director of two of Australia’s longest running reggae events - the annual Island Vibe and Kuranda Roots Festivals. Rudi has a long musical history, fronting such acts as The Dynamic Thrills, Die Rude and the RudeKat Sound System, which has seen him tour Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Berlin. Dougie Fresh (Vox/Guitar) Originally hailing from Fiji, Douglas has a background in film direction and is an actor in his own right. He is one of the band’s chief songwriters and holds down an impeccable skank at any time of the day or night, under any condition. Besides having played with Brisbane reggae band the Zionites, Dougie is also an MC at the world famous Byron Blues Festival and Island Vibe. Tashka Urban (Keys/Vox) Alice Springs born Tashka Urban brings the wildness of central Australia and matches it with her unfettered imagination. Tashka brings years of experience as a music teacher and as a sonic adventurer with Hip Hop duo the Choon Goons to the table. Winston Chadwick (Guitar) Winston has played a solid role in Brisbane’s West End music scene, and currently plays guitar with Die Rude, The CrashCats, Schoolfight and The MadTones. Winston’s highly original guitar style has echoes of Joe Strummer and dub icon King Tubby. Nicky O.D. (Drums) Nicky moonlights in a number of projects, including the soul driven Accomplice Collective, the punk Die Rude, The CrashCats, impro nu-soul C.H.U.R.C.H as well as The MadTones.