"I wanted to go someplace higher myself, and go there with the people who come to hear me play. So I began to envision events with their own gravity, that would pull a community of people together for a meaningful experience." Dave formed a ten-piece group featuring some of the best players in Austin. He disciplined himself to practice not just technically, but expansively, pushing the boundaries of his capabilities in arrangement, composition, and even band leadership." To find out where Dave is now, visit him at davemaddenmusic.com or directly support his work as a patron at patronism.com/davemadden
"Best Austin Record of 2010."
"I've seen a lot of records, and Dave Madden's Open-Eyed and Broken Wide is the most beautiful album I've seen in a long time. The design looks like something the Beatles would've done. 'A Beautiful Night' sounds great!"
““It took me about 3 weeks of listening to Open Eyed / Broken Wide to feel like I could write about it. Not for any other reason than, it’s packed full of really, really good music and some of the most heartfelt and genius lyrics I’ve heard in a long time.” “The album is a journey. It’s about life, it’s about love, about finding your way in this world’s sea of confusion.” “The music on Open Eyed / Broken Wide is really not genre specific enough for me to label it. It’s piano ballads, alternative rock, acoustic guitar, adult contemporary, and gospel.” “The common denominator to these songs is the lyrics. Madden knows how to string words together to make a compelling and meaningful song no matter the musical genre.” “If you strip away all of the interesting side stories and format issues and just concentrate on the music itself... it’s still one of the most impressive albums I’ve heard in the last few years.””
“Let no one say that Dave Madden isn't ambitious. The Texas-based musician is self-releasing two CDs worth of music by download only, available via his website or by purchasing a lovingly designed booklet that features lyrics, the stories behind many of the songs, and a call to arms for musicians to stop releasing their work in physical form. Not surprisingly, the music found here is equally as bold. Madden treats listeners to grandiose Britpop-style epics, rousing expressions of modern-day faith in electric and acoustic versions, and bilious screeds about consumerism set to a driving rock tune. The size and scope of this project may seem daunting, but your efforts to tackle it will—much like the music here—be worthwhile and often exhilarating.”
“Singer-songwriter Dave Madden released his Anything Goesin mid-October. Upon first listen I was impressed with his style, which differs from a lot of the local faire as it's very radio friendly and is more pop than rock. The twelve tracks meld well together and really there isn't a filler on the disc. The songs, penned by Madden, are as interesting as the intricate rhythms and beats that surround them. Songs like "Accountable" and "Push & Pull" have really interesting lyrical turns while and songs like "Sing" and "Boundaries" seem to take a page from the John Mayer playbook. A stand-out track to me is "Photographs." Like many of the songs on the album it takes a slice of Madden's life and puts it on display in rhyme and meter...and not always the prettiest slice. "Everything you hear was bought for you with someone else's pain. Yes, time can make it clean but nothing stains like memories." (DEANS LIST) SC”
“His music is earthy, his songs intelligent and well written, his voice downright sexy in that whisper/raspy/creaky way I like so much.”
“Almost any of the tracks on this Austinite's full-length debut would fit perfectly on one of "The OC" season soundtracks sandwiched somewhere between Keane and Matt Pond PA. Madden can surely slay the aging adolescent niche with the whole piano playing singer-songwriter thing. The driving force here is definitely Madden's vocals. Many of the songs like "Push & Pull" rise and fall from acoustics and a scruffy whisper right into a hooky chorus, which is, by the way, where he excels. Like summer, it would be nice if Madden's choruses lasted forever. Or, at least the entirety of the album.”