When it comes to the band MAL, anything and everything is in play, and that’s what makes them such a special act. Today is your first chance to hear their brand new single, “Madness as Lift,” some progressive rock n’ roll mania that shows the musical freedom that this trio is all but thrilled to be able to operate with.
There are no rules with MAL; only possibilities that should be pursued to the fullest, even if nothing actually ends up coming out of it. But more often than not, those possibilities lead to musical glory, like what’s on display here with “Madness as Lift.”
Discussing the song and what it means to them, MAL lead singer and guitarist Kristopher Jung states:
“This track is a reflection of the world we live in. With all of the darkness and lunacy, life is still what you make of it. We as artists realize just how fine the line is between dedicating oneself to the ideas of some cult or to the never ending flow of music in our heads and bandmates. Similarly, we choose to let the madness lift us… ‘Madness As Lift!’”
“Madness as Lift” will be one of the featured tracks on the band’s brand new studio album Come To Light, which is set for an August release. They have released three other top-notch singles this year, “Hero’s Gold”, “Besides,” and “Come To Light,” and it’s only going to keep coming. Jung and his bandmates, bassist Peter Hollywood and drummer Brendan Reynolds are really operating on a whole new musical level, purposely guiding their way around the norms of modern rock, shifting and attacking their way towards a sound that is truly their own.
They’ve all been at it together now for over a decade, carefully evolving their sound from release to release, remaining committed to never copying or repeating themselves. It may sound clichéd to say that each song is its own unique experience, but it’s the fact of the matter with MAL. You may get a three-minute radio banger from them, or a ten-minute twist and turn through various rock genres and subgenres. It’s all essentially on the table, and that free-flowing approach is exactly why MAL will be often imitated but never duplicated.