Back in 2013, Madina Lake decided to put the band on hold indefinitely, but what some of you may not know is that the quartet’s hiatus wasn’t their plan or intention but more of a necessity.
Bassist Matthew Leone was involved in an altercation in 2010, intervening with a domestic violence incident that unfortunately resulted in him being hospitalised. Despite sustaining a number of serious injuries including a broken jaw, fracture skull and swollen brain, he began to make a slow and gradual recovery, and in time he was back on the stage again.
Yet, despite his slow but sure return to health, things still weren’t quite right, and with he and the rest of the band noticing an affect on his ability to perform, the quartet decided it was right to put Madina Lake on ice whilst he continued to recover. In that time, he and his brother and bandmate Nathan Leone set up a charity organisation called Charity Bomb, and guitarist Mateo Camargo returned to Columbia to focus on writing music for commercials and films.
Come 2017, Madina Lake made their return into the public, performing a number of reunion shows across the UK – including shows at that year’s Slam Dunk Festival – and three years later they’re primed with their first new music in almost a decade: ‘The Beginning Of New Endings’ EP.
In the run up to the EP’s long-awaited release, we sat down and spoke with Matthew Leone to talk about it (which he likes to call “TBONE”), their hiatus, their ongoing love and development of concepts, the future of livestreaming shows, and their plans to hopefully release another EP before the end of 2020.
The band’s new EP, ‘The Beginning Of New Endings’, is out now via Strange Entertainment Records.