First-off, when I saw the following quote on the Mayday Radio website, which read: “I am extremely proud to say that all 3 members of the band (Dimitri Moderbacher, Anthony Taddeo and myself) have volunteered at local churches to prepare food and organize clothing and supplies for those in need. Not only do I get to play in a band with super talented musicians, I get to play in a band with good people which is way more important. Lucky me…” – Jeff Ting. I already knew that I was dealing with a very talented band indeed.
Influenced by bands like U2, Pearl Jam and Coldplay, Mayday Radio, who use music as a vehicle to drive social progress, was born from the exasperated and self-evaluating mind of singer/songwriter, Jeff Ting. Jeff grew up playing classical piano, but then turned to the electric guitar and found a completely other dimension to music. Something raw and unyielding.
He began writing songs in his early 20’s in an attempt to share his views with the world. He started out his career in Boston, then quickly moved to New York City in order to immerse himself in the cauldron of creativity that can only be found in the biggest music scene in the country. In that unrelenting energy, Mayday Radio emerged.
After listening to the band’s third studio album, “Don Quixote” for a few days now, I can honestly say that I haven’t been disappointed and that my first notion about the band was correct.
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Mayday Radio have exceeded my expectations, in fact they have done a whole lot more. They have made a masterful album full of humanity, with warm, soulful, uplifting tracks of the highest quality. The heart rendering emotion displayed in ‘The Veil’ featuring Angela Ortiz, will be nothing like you’ve heard this year. The amazing piano work and sound effects on ‘Ockham’s Razor’ is breathtakingly beautiful. Just close your eyes and listen to ‘Apology’ and you’ll be transported to another dimension, while ‘Insiders and Outsiders’ with it’s jangly guitar, compliments the lyrics and spirit of the song, perfectly.
Jeff Ting puts every inch of his heart and soul into his songs and never leaves a stone unturned. ‘Confide’ and ‘Wine To Water’ are quicker and louder in places, but never lose their grace and elegant appeal that Mayday Radio have firmly put into each track. Every song is immense in its own right, and the powerful statement ‘The World Is What We Make’ is a perfect album closer.
In this constantly changing technological era, many bands struggle to find a grip in their music, and more often than not, produce inconsistent material with no real connection holding them together. On the contrary, Mayday Radio blend their music consistently, with meaningful lyrics and above all music that touches the heart.
The tracks on “Don Quixote” are all wonderfully written. Great hooks, impressive melodies, and smart lyrics, all executed with awesome transitions from gentle to fierce and back again. Thanks to a talented group of musicians like Jeff Ting (vocals guitars, piano), Dimitri Moderbacher (bass), Anthony Taddeo (drums) and Jeff Berner (guitars, synth).
Of course, no top quality album can be produced, without top class mixing and mastering. Here the credits go to Jeff Berner who recorded and mixed at Galuminumfoil Studios, Brooklyn NY. While Alex De Turk mastered at Masterdisk, New York NY. The album was produced by both Jeff Ting and Jeff Berner.
Chapeau! To an excellent execution.
More About Jeff Ting, Mayday Radio and “Don Quixote.
The album is titled after the famous Spanish character, who after finding a suit of armor in his shed becomes a knight in an attempt to revive chivalry, no matter what others had to say. Much like Don Quixote, Mayday Radio lead singer and songwriter Jeff Ting is living the life he wanted to live. A Cornell University graduate, Ting moved from Western Mass to New York City to immerse himself in the city’s cauldron of creativity. Influenced by bands like U2 and Pearl Jam, Mayday Radio’s songs explore issues ranging from capitalism and religion to human rights and global poverty.
Mayday Radio’s song “Oneman” can be heard on MTV, and has been licensed by E! and Oxygen networks. They’ve been named a finalist in the Songdoor Songwriting competition (2009), and received Honorable Mention by NY Songwriters Circle (2010). Mayday Radio has performed across the country in notable venues like New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, Cake Shop, Bowery Poetry Club, The Bitter End and more. In Boston, they’ve graced the stages of Harper’s Ferry, Great Scott, All Asia and others.
Nov 11 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
Nov 16 – The Cantab Lounge – Cambridge, MA
Nov 23 – The Thirsty Mind – South Hadley MA
Nov 28 – The Barking Spider – Cleveland, OH
Nov 30 – The Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
Dec 04 – Merge – Buffalo, NY
Dec 05 – Sparky Town – Syracuse, NY
Dec 06 – The Wonderland Ballroom – Washington DC
Dec 07 – The Midtown Scholar – Harrisburg, PA
Dec 08 – Common Grounds – Philadelphia, PA
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