ARTIST NAME: Madame Psychosis
SONG TITLE: Kapow
RELEASE DATE: July 8th, 2019
GENRE: Alt-Pop, Indie Rock, Garage Rock
Madame Psychosis is a five-piece alt-pop and indie rock band from Toronto.
Members include singer Michelle Mondesir, guitar players Bret McCaffrey and Rene Ip, drummer Jaina Tharakan, and bass player Giovanni Paola.
The band released their debut album on June 16th, 2017, and received a positive response. Most notably, the single “Space Motorcycle” cracked Alan Cross’ Top 11 Playlist. The album was also featured on 94.9 The Rock FM’s artist spotlight, Generation Next, in May of 2018. Four songs from the debut album were showcased, including “Space Motorcycle”, “Run”, “On Top of The Game”, and “Mellow”.
The band supported the album by performing at venues across Toronto, including at the legendary Opera House and The Horseshoe Tavern.
Madame Psychosis is now preparing for the release of their upcoming sophomore album. The band released the “infectious earworm”, “Kapow” on July 8th, 2019.
In their review, Nashville-based East of 8th says “‘Kapow’ is a non-stop, energy ride shooting out of the gate with a driving drumbeat, a thunderous guitar riff, and an anthemic lyrical delivery.”
The song premiered exclusively in Canada with The Spill Magazine and in the U.S. with East of 8th.
They also released the “soaring” single “Crashing Down” on May 6th, 2019, and premiered the song exclusively with The Spill Magazine ahead of their two showcase performances at Canadian Music Week 2019.
They were also named to Dropout Entertainment’s Top Picks for CMW and released a music video for the single. Odd Nugget says the song “is all mellifluous magic wrapped in a grungy garage rock exterior” in their review, adding that “Madame Psychosis envelops us in an edgy rock dimension throughout ‘Crashing Down.”
Prior to “Crashing Down”, Madame Psychosis released “Just Wanna Be Myself” on January 3rd as the lead single. The band performed the song live on Global News’ national broadcast of The Morning Show.
A Journal of Musical Things says it’s “a fun, upbeat song with sweet yet edgy female vocals”.
Dropout Entertainment says “‘Just Wanna Be Myself’ is a pop-rock diddy and a testament to being comfortable, or the quest to be comfortable – in your own skin.”
Stereo Stickman says, “There’s a genuine air of honesty that runs throughout their songwriting…this song is one that gets better and better with each revisit.”
The band also released a music video for the song and are now preparing to showcase their work during their TV appearances on Global’s The Morning Show and CHCH’s Morning Live.
You can find their debut album and latest singles, “Kapow”, “Crashing Down” and “Just Wanna Be Myself”, on all major streaming services.
Explain how to overcome writer’s block.
Sometimes you have to walk away from a song and come back to it. I had to do that multiple times with “Kapow”, and then when I got back to it, it practically wrote itself in twenty minutes.
Tell us the tricks behind making a hit song.
It needs to have a catchy melody and a hook that grabs you. Once you have these two elements you’re pretty much set and can build around them.
Tell us how you get feedback for your demo before working on it.
Each band member gives their input and we also ask friends, family, and colleagues for their opinions.
Explain your recording experience in the studio.
We tend to record “live off the floor”, meaning we record as if we are playing live (except for the fact that vocals and guitar amps are in sound booths), with the odd overdub for minor corrections, solos, and additional instrumentation. We find that we get a truly authentic feel that way.
Tell us how you compose.
Our guitar player Bret will often come up with a chord progression or melody, though other band members have also introduced ideas.
We then jam on the concept until it starts to feel right. Once the music is composed and the basic structure is put into place, Michelle will take it home and work on lyrics and vocal melodies. She will sometimes request structure changes for the purposes of flow. We then get together and play the song, making changes to the structure and addressing other nuances.
Tell us if you add effects to your vocals to sound better.
In most songs, a light reverb is added for a natural room acoustic sound. However, in some songs effects that are more noticeable are added, such as the distortion in “Kapow” for a grittier, crunchy feel and the strategically placed long flowing delays in “Crashing Down.”
Tell us the best streaming platform to get new fans.
Spotify is currently our best streaming platform followed by Apple Music.
Tell us your opinion on music education.
Music is definitely a lifelong educational pursuit. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, it’s very important to continually educate yourself – even if not in a formal sense. Business and technology are always changing.
Discuss the shooting of a commercial music video for a song.
In our experience, we believe less is more. Music videos can be difficult and expensive. For us, we’ve relied on friends and family to help shoot and edit our music videos. We recently learned that YouTube is the biggest source of music discovery in Canada.
Videos are clearly important so we will continue to produce them. Video shoots involve long days. You have to perform the song dozens of times with the same level of energy and enthusiasm throughout.
We’ve learned to just trust the crew and do what you’re told. We’re looking at taking our next video to the next level. Stay tuned for that!
Tell us how you deal with other artists.
We think there is an inherent connection between artists that makes it easy to relate with each other. Whether it is discussing the challenges of songwriting or sharing recommendations on booking gigs, we are all looking for the same things: exposure and opportunity.
Most of our conversations with other artists stem from this idea. As a result, artists form an enormous support network. We’ve been lucky to meet some incredible artists along the way and it has always been easy to relate with them because we know we are all in the same boat.
Tell us if you can collaborate with an artist of a different genre.
Sure! Our lead singer Michelle came from an R&B/soul background. Plus, it’s always fun to experiment and broaden our own sound by working with artists from different genres.
Explain how to finance a music project.
Grants are always the best bet. However, if you don’t have a grant, there are other options, including labels, sponsorships, or – if you’re able to – personal finances.
We have personally financed most of our projects but we’ve also called on family, friends and even members of our band with special skill sets to donate their time and skills. For example, marketing, photography, videography, mixing, and social media.
Explain how to copyright a musical work.
There are a few ways to do this. In the US and in Canada, a copyright exists as soon as you complete a song and “fix it” in a form like a piece of sheet music, or recording it on a hard drive or CD. You can also do it in a more official way through the Government of Canada website for about $50.
Tell us how to generate income from a musical work.
A song purchase is the most profitable; however, it has become less popular to purchase music with the rise of streaming services. So in this day and age, streaming services, sync placements, and live shows are the main sources of revenue.
List the name of organizations you know can be helpful to new artists.
There are too many to name and they can vary in importance based on your genre and needs, but the two biggest ones in Canada in our opinion are SOCAN and Factor.
Send a message to your fans.
Words cannot capture how we feel about our fans. They take us to a different level, fuelling our ambition and desire to keep going, to keep writing songs, and to keep performing. They give us energy on stage and in the studio. We cannot thank them enough, especially those who have stuck with us since day one. Many of them have been to almost every single show. They are loyal to us and we are loyal to them. Simply, “thank you – we can’t wait to see your beautiful faces at our next show.”
Explain the process involved in recording a vocal.
A big part of recording a vocal from a vocalist’s standpoint is being in the right headspace to convey the feeling and sentiment of the song. It’s all about the vibe. We want people to not only listen to the song but feel its meaning as well.
Elaborate on the song.
“Kapow” is an anthemic, feel-good slice of alt-pop fitting for hot days in the sun and long drives with car windows rolled down.
It highlights the pursuit that lies at the heart of getting someone you’re interested in to give you a chance, and the heart-dropping moment of being rejected.
This song is easily one of our favorites to perform live with its high-energy vibe. We wanted to create a fun summer song that people could sing along to and we believe we pulled it off.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
The name of our band comes from a character in a book called – “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. The character, Joelle Van Dyne, goes by the moniker of Madame Psychosis. We also discovered that it references the term “metempsychosis”, which is a Greek term for reincarnation. We actually have a whole post on our website about our band name.
We are still working on the name of our upcoming sophomore album, which is going to be released on September 20th, 2019. We are throwing around ideas, but nothing has stuck so far.
Share your press release and review with us.
Madame Psychosis releases “infectious earworm”, “Kapow”, just in time for summer – A “non-stop, energy ride shooting out of the gate with a driving drumbeat, a thunderous guitar riff, and an anthemic lyrical delivery.”
Toronto-based alt-pop band Madame Psychosis is welcoming the summer with the release of “Kapow”, their third single of 2019.
With a catchy, sing-along chorus and a gritty, fast-paced progression, “Kapow” is an anthemic, feel-good slice of alt-pop fitting for hot days in the sun and long drives with car windows rolled down. “Kapow” highlights the pursuit that lies at the heart of getting someone you are interested in to give you a chance, and the heart-dropping moment of being rejected.
It was recorded at Union Sound Company in Toronto and mixed by Alex Gamble. It premiered exclusively with The Spill Magazine on July 4th in Canada, and with Nashville-based East of 8th in the U.S. on July 7th. It is available on all major streaming services today.
The five-piece band first made waves with their debut album “Madame Psychosis”, released in June of 2017.
Alan Cross, the internationally syndicated host of The Ongoing History of New Music, selected the single “Space Motorcycle” for his weekly Top 11 Playlist in August of 2017. The album was also featured on 94.9 The Rock’s emerging artist spotlight Generation Next.
In January of 2019, the band released “Just Wanna Be Myself” as the lead single off their upcoming sophomore record and performed it live on Global’s nationally televised The Morning Show…They also performed at Canadian Music Week, where they hit the stage for two showcase performances and cracked Dropout Entertainment’s Top Picks for CMW. Coming off the heels of this positive reception, the band is turning their attention to the release of their sophomore album in September. To promote the album, they will be performing “Kapow” on CHCH Morning Live on August 9th and on Global’s The Morning Show on September 23rd.