MAWD is the moniker of California musician Madeleine Mathews. Citing contemporary acts such as The Head and the Heart, The Staves, First Aid Kit, and the Alabama Shakes as influences, MAWD’s sound gravitates towards an eclectic mix of genres including indie folk, folk rock, cosmic Americana, with a touch of pure rock n’ roll.
The soulful, textured timbre of MAWD is diverse and ranges anywhere from a breathy and sultry folk/blues vibe to a powerful Janis Joplin-esque/Karen O. belt. Her vocals perfectly imprint upon the sonic foundation laid by quivering electric guitar, haunting harmonies, classic acoustic folk rhythms, southwestern inspired americana bass lines, and full percussion. While her strong suits lie in singing, songwriting, and lyricism, Madeleine plays piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, and some banjo, as well.
Born and bred in Northern California, Madeleine made her mark around her hometown of Placerville by playing her original songs at weekly local open mic nights. Recently graduated with a BA in Music (focusing in music industry), Madeleine found a community in her college’s (California State University, Chico) music department and blossoming local scene while fronting and writing for numerous bands, winning singer/songwriter competitions and playing at all of Chico's top venues.
Now recording under the pseudonym MAWD, Madeleine is working with Roger Gisborne of Los Angeles based record label Sound x 3 and The Cave Studio owner/producer/songwriter Josiah Mezzaschi (Deap Vally, Built to Spill, Rilo Kiley, Kate Nash, The Jesus and the Mary Chain). She has recently released her debut rock single “Dark Room”, mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, The Shins, The Kills, Beck), which premiered on both LA Weekly and The Line of Best Fit.
With less than a year under her belt, MAWD has already toured all over Sweden, played countless shows across California including a sold out show at The Hotel Cafe with Larkin Poe, The Hi Hat, Sofar Sounds, Gibson Showroom (opening for Robby Krieger of The Doors), Youbloom Festival, and Springboard Festival . She just recently returned from playing various corporate gigs at SXSW as well as other established showcases including the Nashville Riverboat Showcase. She has been interviewed by various newspapers, blogs, and radio station, been featured on KCSN 88.5 LA Buzzbands Hour multiple times, KCSC, and KZFR Radio as well as in multiple indie blogs, Instagram music blogs, and featured three times on the indie Spotify playlist blog ‘Indie Happy Hour‘. BuzzbandsLA recently named her one of the top bands to look out for in 2018.
“MAWD, has one of those beautifully soulful and simultaneously powerful voices that can switch from sandpaper to butter in a blink. She's also an incredible songwriter, capable of layering melodies and conjuring lyrics that delve into the deepest recesses of her own mind” - LA WEEKLY
“is raw rock & roll dynamite”… “showcases her explosive style on new single ‘ Dark Room’”…”Fans of Deep Vally, Alabama Shakes, and The Black Keys will feel right at home with MAWD’s sound; that raw bold brand of modern rock n’ roll, draws from both blues and current pop to forge something accessibly familiar, yet excitingly urgent“ - The Line of Best Fit
“MAWD really showcases the talent of women in the indie rock scene and puts herself above the rest with every word she sings” - York Calling
“Hard-driving rhythms, scathing guitar lines and Mathews' scorching voice all combine to form a potent realization of what modern rock and blues music should be” - The Southern Sounding
“MAWD has been an artist on my radar for some time now. Her folksy blues ballads, and gritty, Joplin-like vocals have seemed wonderfully out of place in the Los Angeles music scene” … “MAWD’s performance that night was brilliant. Her charisma and control as a singer was really able to shine through…” “It’s rare you get to see someone doing what they were so obviously made to do. “ - NOGOSSIPLA