Video-channel bothering rockers take our positive quiz.
Genuinely interested in what we stand for here on The Daily Dust, Madina Lake’s bassist Matthew Leone was more than happy to chat to On Stage.
Best news you’ve had today?
The first thing I read this morning was about how Metallica gave a backstage pass to an 85-year-old grandma fan of theirs, and it just made her entire life. I thought that was cool to hear about someone having the best day of their life when they’re 85 years old!
Best thing about touring the UK?
The sheer, uninhibited passion that the audience has, their open-mindedness and their willingness to connect with what we’re doing. They leave their egos at the door, there’s no pretext or pretentiousness to the audience at all out here, they’re just very open-minded, enthusiastic and willing to enjoy themselves.
Best thing about being in Madina Lake?
I have to say the obvious, in that we get to travel and play music. We’re fortunate that we signed with Roadrunner Records and we’ve had success in foreign countries, so we’ve got to go to Japan, Australia and Europe. Just spending time travelling and experiencing all these new cultures is just our favourite thing to do, and a lot of bands we play with back home never even get to leave the country.
Best song your band has written?
Good one, er, you got me there! Maybe Friends and Lovers from the Attics to Eden album.
Best line you’ve ever written?
Live like you’re dying.
Best thing about your fellow band members?
Dan, the drummer, he and I connect on a philosophical level. He sees the world through a different perspective so it’s great to talk with about the different things we see in this world because he’s intelligent, open-minded and non-judgmental, so we can have very fluid conversations about interesting topics. Mateo, guitarist, has a great musical ability – the way he hears tones, the way he hears harmony, the sequences that he writes and the music that he writes are just really powerful to me. And Nathan, the singer and my brother, I probably couldn’t even narrow that down to one thing. I’m just very grateful to have a passenger with me throughout my entire life.
Best gig you’ve ever played?
Probably the Birmingham show of our headlining UK tour a year and a half ago. It started out in the small room, but then it started selling quickly so they moved it up to the big room and we wound up selling that one out, and that was probably the most exciting show we’ve ever done.
Best band you’ve ever shared a stage with?
Best gig you’ve ever seen as a fan?
Flaming Lips at the Metro in Chicago for New Year’s Eve.
Best band ever?
Artistically speaking, Tom Waits is my favourite artist. Music wise, I think I’ve been most touched by Smashing Pumpkins.
Best album ever?
Probably one of the Beatles’ records, just trying to think of which one…Sgt. Pepper.
Best song ever?
Oh my god…I’m gonna need a minute! I wish I had my iPod on me! Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap.
Best bassist ever?
Best movie ever?
Best ice cream flavour?
Best pizza topping?
Well I’ve stopped eating meat now, but I’d have to say Canadian bacon!
Best day of your life?
There was a day over the summer of 2007 when we were on Project Revolution with My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park, and we found out that day that we’d won the Kerrang! Award for best international newcomer, so that was a real stand-out day for sure. Everything was going right at that time and that’s a tough thing to say in this business. Another one would be during Warped Tour. That tour was really stressful, and I kind of struggled with that one just being on that tour and around all those bands and the same people was really difficult. But we had a day off and we went cliff diving in California and it was just the exact opposite atmosphere and environment of what we had been submerged in for two months – we were just out in nature, diving off these cliffs and you could drink the water it was so pure and clean, and that day was a real highlight.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Other people see you how you see yourself.
Matthew Leone photographed exclusively for On Stage.
Photography: Dave Musson Photography