Released March 24, 2015
A.D.D. (Analog Digital Disorder)
1. I Regret
2. Not My Way
3. Hear Me Now
4. Was My Life
5. Damn Thing
6. So The Pain
8. Nothing Left
9. So Much (So Little)
I had been waiting for this to get to my mailbox like a kid waits for the ice cream truck. I read a lot of the reviews written in advance of the release. It all sounded great. But honestly I couldn’t give a crap what anyone else thinks. I know what I like and I can make my own decisions. The thing is this release was highly anticipated because of the promise this band is currently showing. Their following is growing, the sponsorships keep coming in, the tour dates are being added daily, and Pavement believed in them enough to sign them last year so…..this band is on the rise. Fronted by Margaret Young (more commonly known as Matilda Moon) this Chicago area band is making headlines. Truth is they’ve been putting in their dues in the Chicago area, most notably at Mojoe’s, a live venue in Joliet, IL (my hometown). Deserving acts from all over are finally getting their stage and things are starting to happen as a result.
The album opens strong with “I Regret” a song presumably about hate and anger being destructive. At least that’s what I get from it. It has all the aspects of a hard rock song that I want to hear: dark lyrics, a person on the ropes facing their mistakes, a growling but melodic voice, and killer music to round it all out. Its also the video they recently released (see below). Strong and powerful, its the perfect opener.
“Not My Way” and “Hear Me Now” continue the onslaught of pain and a life lived. Matilda’s voice is like few females I’ve heard…..its made for this genre and remains unique among her peers. Beat me for saying this if you will but I hear some Janis in there! “Damn Thing” and even “So The Pain” resonate with the themes of pain and darkness, making the album stay dark but artistic in the process.
“Nightmare” and “Nothing Left” are my favorites. Slower and melodic, you hear the deeper intricacies of Matilda’s voice. They are very well performed by everyone and leave a lasting mark. Was My Life and So Much (So Little) are sung by Jeremy Sparta and are gems as well. The album ends with a Sevendust tune, “Black” who the band names as one of their primary influences. Can’t go wrong there folks.
There are literally thousands of other writers who would do much better justice to this album than I so read their reviews too. Get out and see this band at your next opportunity. You will not regret it. Scroll down for some videos and their tour dates. A.D.D. is:
Margaret Young (aka Matilda Moon)-vocals
Jeremy Sparta-Guitar and Vocals
Sat. Apr. 4th – Crazy Coyote – Burlington, IA
Sat. Apr. 11th – Freakster’s Roadhouse – HEADLINE – Pontiac, IL
Thu. April 16th – Nevin’s – HEADLINE – Plainfield, IL
Fri. Apr. 24th – On the Rox w/ Wayland – Jacksonville, IL
Thu. May 7th – Mojoes w/ Black Stone Cherry – Joliet, IL
Sun. May 10th – High Noon Saloon w/ Y&T – Madison, WI
Sat. June 5th – Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI
Fri. July 17th – Rockfest – Cadott, WI