By Ashley Bennett
Derek Helton (guitar, vocals); Walter Roman (bass).
CITY OF ORIGIN:
Maddox EP (2012).
Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Rush, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, King Crimson and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
We like bands with a little gusto. Music groups that conform to the next best radio tune are a dime a dozen, but with groups like Maddox, you’ll find they are not concerned with anything except exactly what they want. Best of all it’s not afraid to voice its opinions because a lot of Maddox’s interview responses concern the change the band wants to see in local music.
There’s evidence of this stand-alone passion to be unique when guitar and vocalist Derek Helton tells us about the band’s name. “We aren’t fans of how many of today’s popularized bands have fragmented phrases as their names because we think that those phrased names lack the assertive and raw sound that is needed to represent a strong musical group. A lot of people take band names too lightly, but a band name says a lot about a group. When we heard the name Maddox, we heard a name that had a strength and edge that we needed,” says Helton.
Bassist Walter Roman also points out that Maddox has its own specific guideline in terms of performance value. “A lot of today’s bands focus so much on putting on a good visual show that they lack musically. We might not jump around on stage or spin our guitars, but we love music more than life itself,” says Roman.
Maddox isn’t willing to settle for anything less than perfection. A rock-based band searching to perform a show that will single them out with an exclusive sound is bound to be noticed, even if finding a venue that regularly employs similarly sounding bands is a tough. “When it comes to the Inland Empire, our favorite venue is Klatch Coffee in Rancho Cucamonga. They have been very welcoming towards our band from the beginning and we really appreciate them for it,” says Helton.
You might have noticed that Maddox is lacking a drummer. Helton uses the example of one of the band’s major influences, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP), to justify the wait. RHCP went through 20 drummers before finding the renowned Chad Smith and our fingers are crossed that Maddox will find its own “Chad” soon.
Maddox at Klatch Coffee, 8916 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 944-5282; www.klatchroasting.com. Wed, April 18. 6:30pm.