It’s one thing to say the local boys done good. It’s another to say the local boys signed to a major label and are preparing for a rock ’n’ roll future that will touch many people across the country.
That’s exactly what the Buffalo trio Made Violent is doing. The garage rock band’s Twitter account (@madeviolentband) matter-of-factly states: “world-famous American rock band,” and that may be true sooner than you think. The band signed with Startime International, an imprint of Columbia Records, in September.
“It’s funny, because back when I was in high school I used to joke to everyone that I was signed to Columbia. Now the ink is dry and we’re signed to one of the greatest labels of all time,” said singer and bassist Joe White.
The band – consisting of White, guitarist Rob Romano and drummer Justin Acee – started to garner attention in 2013 with the release of the jangly and hard-hitting debut single, “Wasted Days,” which has picked up attention overseas on radio stations in England and the Netherlands. Following up with the Cage the Elephant-esque “Inside Out” and the fast-paced, fast-talking “Dirty,” the band flexed its muscles to show it’s not a one-trick pony. The trio even garnered a mention in famed British music magazine NME.
Now Made Violent is ready to move beyond the confines of this area and find its footing through all of these changes. “We’re ready to embrace it,” Romano said. “Not a lot of people get this chance, and I think this is what we need to move forward.”
The band’s garage-rock rawness mixed with pop sensibility and radio readiness has always been a recipe for success, but the musicians said they want to remain down to earth and remember their roots. “Our presence on social media is an outlet for us to show the world our energy and that we’re not some star-struck, molded piece-of-plastic band that no one can relate to. We’re just three guys who write and play music, and those who know us know that energy goes right into our live shows,” White said.
Acee told of how Buffalo has shaped their process: “Buffalo represents the place where we came together and it’s always a part of us, but our writing has always represented a way to escape and move on to bigger things. You always have to have a new goal, and you have to use that to your advantage.”
Made Violent has already played CMJ and is playing South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March. The trio’s debut EP will be released Feb. 24 under Startime, followed by a full album later in the year.
“Our goal is just to go wherever we can and get our songs into as many hands as possible,” Acee said. “It’s the work we’ve always wanted to do. We’ve put everything into the music, and now that this opportunity has come, we’re going to give it our all.”
Just another average day in the life of a world-famous American rock band.
For information on Made Violent, see the band’s Facebook page.