For years, the the trio that makes up Made Violent - Joseph White (bass/vocals), Rob Romano (guitar) and Justin Acee (drums) - had not only been best friends, they'd been almost inseparable. "One of them would buy me a Four Loko and I'd sit on a couch in their practice space and watch them play," says White. "Then I'd go to high school in the morning. I told them I was 19."
The three secluded themselves in a cabin to make music with no aspirations, no five-year plan. The band casually released "Wasted Days" online, a song Acee says is "about losing everything." To their surprise, "Wasted Days" would catch the attention of UK heavyweight NME Magazine. Not long after, the band would find a home at Columbia Records' tastemaker imprint, Startime International.
Through Startime, the trio released their virgin EP; a short-and-sweet self-titled EP full of subtle nods to their rock and roll forefathers from America and across the pond. The songs go from sweet to salty on a dime. White abandons the drawl he delivers in "Wasted Days" for a snotty tone on "Inside Out," a seemingly Adderall-laced song about "being tired of someone's shit." Minutes later, the band picks up where "Wasted Days" leaves off with the bright and shiny "On My Own," in which White's vocals are nearly reminiscent of a hip-hop verse.
Since then Made Violent has made their debut appearance at SXSW, toured with the likes of Frank Turner, Wolf Alice, From Indian Lakes, and The Struts, and are now looking forward to releasing their next batch of songs, recorded with the infamous Dennis Herring (The Hives, Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello). "We can't wait to hop in our van and drive across the country to play for anyone and everyone," Romano quips. "Two things really matter to us - making as much good music as we can, and touring as much as we can. We never want to stop doing this."