by John StrattonSometimes it pays to be on the ground floor—heading up.
A new youth band from southeastern Connecticut is moving that way, and one of their first stops is a new TV show called “Next Great Family Band” that started on Sunday, February 17 at 8 p.m. on a new NBC affiliate cable network called COZI TV (Chanel 934 on Comcast).
Madison Red, the only Connecticut band chosen, is one of only 15 bands featured. The band is Lyme- and Ledyard-grown.
From Lyme there is: Sierra Sunshine, lead vocals, 16, from Lyme-Old Lyme High School; Braiden Sunshine, backup vocals and bongos, 12, from Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School; and Nolan Smyth, guitar, 17; home-schooled.
From Ledyard the band includes Aidan Maxwell, drums, Ledyard High School; Duncan Maxwell, bass, Ledyard High School; Ian Maxwell, keyboard, 18, University of Connecticut; Tom Bora, guitar, 14, Ledyard High School.
Madison Red is an original-music spinoff of a popular band they started in 2010, Silver Hammer.
Braiden adds that, “We all have a very wide taste in music, each band member with different influences, but when it all comes together, it sounds most like alternative rock.”
Nolan explains that, “The show introduces the viewers to 15 Family Bands from around the country through interviews and performances. Five of the bands will move forward to the competition phase, then it’s head-to-head. We hope to be one of those five.”
Madison Red has recently released its debut self-titled album, “Madison Red.” With the help of producer Jeff Franklin of Jam2nite studios in Middletown they are currently writing and recording new songs for a second album.
Aidan Maxwell said, “So far I have had a lot of fun filming the show. All the production staff and film crews have been really great to work with. We hope to make it to the final round.”
It’s been a great experience for the band.
“I feel so lucky, being able to share our music with so many people across the country,” said Duncan, and Ian underscores that point. “I am really excited for this opportunity to push ourselves to the next level that every band strives for,“ he says. View the music video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ezVEmbBtKU
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