Paul witnessed Madicide make a bit of a comeback after a break when they played in Cardiff recently. They also feature on the most recent Moshin’ The Roof On charity compilation. It’s nice to put some faces to the noise…
Hi Moshville Times, thanks for having us back! We are all from the various damp villages of South Wales (U.K).
How did you meet?
Myself (Josh Bevan, bass) and Ceri Roberts (rhythm Guitar/ Vocals) went to the same school and grew up in the same area (around Pontardawe). One night at our local football club there was a drunken argument between our mates, Ceri ripped the chain off my neck which led to an altercation between the both of us.
The next day we’d started talking to each other in school (as you do) and I realised that Ceri was also really into his metal too. I was looking to form a band at the time (Ceri had no interest whatsoever), but after a long month of constant nagging he did slowly warm to the idea. Ceri got his best mate Jack Williams in as the drummer, we then went through a few different lead guitarists in the first year before eventually finding Ian Woolfe which injected some much needed musicianship into the band – at this early stage it was only Ian who had any experience!
How long have you been playing as a band?
We were first active from 2010 – 2015. We took a “short” break which lasted 6 years and have been back as a band since 2020 (perfect timing that was!)… I failed Maths so you guys can work it all out.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We were toying with a few names including “Cyanide” then one day our original drummer Jack Williams just blurted out “Madicide!” and the name was born. Simple.
What are your influences?
Mötorhead, Metallica, Pantera, AC/DC.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Well that’s a great question, our music has been labelled as “Groovy” thrash metal previously. To narrow it down into a few words we maintain the raw elements of what is thrash metal, but since reforming especially we have taken undertones from other genres and subgenres of music such as groove and doom with the goal of achieving a more refined and modern sound and also maintaining that old school classic rock and roll spirit which sadly these days you don’t see much anymore. (Josh)
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lots of feel-good happy topics like; insanity, the fall of modern society and lots of horror novels…
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
They are (like the band name) absolutely fucking mental! It would be hard to keep track of how many gigs we played when we were previously active from 2010 – 2015 as we were gigging most of the time. Since reforming (and waiting for the gig restrictions to end) we’ve played 7 shows this year so far with some great bands like Baest, Enquire Within, and our mates in Verletzen.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
One of the wildest shows has be when we were playing the last song of our set at The Duke (Neath) and we had a stage invasion… the stage broke.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Hofner club ignition bass, a TC BQ500 head and 4×10 cab, Morley classic wah and pedal bass muff distortion pedal
- Pearl export drum kit 10, 12, 14 Toms & 22 kick drum
- 14×6.5 Ludwig black magic snare
- 15, 16 & 18 Sabian aax crashes, Zildjian a custom 14 hi hats, Zildjian k custom 20 ride.
- 16 Istanbul power china
- DW4000 double kick pedals
I use a Ltd ex 500 Guitar, RG1503 Randall Head 4×12 Randall cab
I use a Marshall valvestate (VS100) wirh 4 x 12 Marshall Cab, Jackson King V (KVXMG), Sure SM58 Microphone. I do love my pointy guitars & it may not be the ‘classic’ thrash amp BUT the sounds I can get from my old 1994 Valvestate are really perfect for what we do.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’re currently promoting our new single and music video “Carnivore Incarnate” and are working with SAN PR.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
We’re currently planning shows for the rest of the year with further recordings at the end of the year
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
If I had to choose a band to support it would be Metallica and if I had to choose a band to open for us it would be our friends from Verletzen great bunch of boys and great at getting the crowd going, very talented indeed.
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