La Madness / Bio

LA MADNESS known for blowing audiences away with a signature style known as "Indie Grind Blues" and amazing live show reputation is made up of Kurt Vatland-vox/guitar/songwriter, Aaron Willey-drums, Riggs Kessler-lead guitar, & Tony Wilson-bass. The 2013 debut album 'Chances Are' saw La Madness go international with a new breed of indie rock, blues and alternative/grunge. Written by vocalist/guitarist Kurt Vatland, produced/engineered by Bryan Mengy (New Medicine) and mixed/mastered by Colt Leeb (Soul Asylum).

La Madness has had the honor to have supported bands such as Papa Roach, Glamour of the Kill, 311, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Fuel, Tantric, New Medicine, Bobaflex, and Smile Empty Soul. With highlighted US performances at venues such as the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, House of Blues in San Diego, Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Joe's Grottos in Phoenix, Herman's Hideaway in Denver, as well as Minnesota famed hot spots such as First Avenue-7th Street Entry, FineLine, Cabooze, Triple Rock, Red Carpet, and Wicked Moose, La Madness has delighted audiences consistently.

In October of 2013 the band released Episode #1 of their Rockumentary Series 'Going Mad' and their first music video for “Got Me Wrong" which became a local CITY PAGES Top 10 Must See MN Music Video. The band's independent winter tour thereafter started with a European leg, which included a performance with Papa Roach in Germany, continued on with the band hitting Amsterdam and Paris, then screaming across America cataloging more than 20,000 miles. LA rock journalist and radio personality Paige Montgomery (www.lamusicblog.com) perhaps said it best when she described La Madness as "what would happen if Nirvana and Buckcherry had an illegitimate child." Reviews such as this earned them airtime support from a variety of radio stations such as KROQ in Los Angeles, 93X in Minneapolis, 107X in Denver, KPRI in San Diego, KWSS in Phoenix, and Rockn 101 in St Cloud. The long awaited follow up EP entitled Love For Losers produced and mixed by Bryan Mengy has seen one single release "How Bad" and was mastered by Huntley Miller (Lady Gaga, Polica, Trampled By Turtles) is due out Spring 2016. Meanwhile Kurt has relocated to Denver, Colorado and is currently writing a third album slated for release simultaneously with subsequent tour.

Accolades include:
-Official Artist of Tony Hawk's 1110 Music Library
-“Got Me Wrong” music video selected CityPages.com Top 10 Must See Minnesota Music Video
-Guest Artist Speaker at IPR in Minneapolis
-93X Cumulus Radio Webpage Launched Release of She's a Devil video
-Best Minnesota Band of 2013 by Rockn 101 FM
-Best Minnesota Band of 2014 nominee by Rockn 101FM
-Minnesota HomeGrown Band of July
-Reverbnation Mpls Rock Chart #1
-Reverbnation Mpls Indie Chart #1
-93X Minneapolis Cage Match Artist
-International Winner of 'Play With Papa Roach in Europe' Contest
-Halfway Jam Performer
-Down By The Riverside Concert Series Performer
-Sponsored by King Of Diamonds Gentlemen's Club MN

La Madness/Kurt Vatland is licensed BMI and a member of the Record Artists Guild of Los Angeles, CA.

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General Info

Band Members
kurt vatland - Songwriting/vocals/guitar, Aaron Willey - Drums
Artist Name
La Madness
Profile Page
Rock / Alternative / Blues

Contact Info

Minneapolis, MN
Kurt Vatland: 612-323-9647 kurtvatland@gmail.com

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