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The Leone brothers got the money to make their demo from an edition of Fear Factor. The $50,000 was the start up money for Madina Lake.
At the age of twelve the twins tragically lost their mother in a car crash. They were then brought up by their father along with their siblings.
They always loved soccer as children even going to Italy to train professionaly. They gave it up to make it big in the music industry.
Shawn Currie of 'The Blank Theory' was in the original line up as samples, but left shortly after the band started working on material. Shawn wanted to head in a different direction musically.
The band itself sets its music in a town created in the mind of the bass player, Matthew Leone. It is set high in the American mountains, and, isolated from human contact, has remained in a 1950s themed era. The music provides an outlet for the band's views on politics, culture, and the media's obsession with celebrity status. The theme behind the band's music is in relation to the mystery of Adalia. The album artwork shows images of her and the mysteries behind her and the town of Madina Lake.
The band signed with Roadrunner Records in August of 2005. The band independently released an EP titled The Disappearance of Adalia on August 22, 2006, after their album, which was initially set for an August 2006 release, was delayed.
The band's debut album From Them, Through Us, To You was released on March 27, 2007. It was produced, engineered and mixed by Mark Trombino. The album debuted at #154 on the Billboard 200 album charts, and at #60 on the UK album charts. The release of this album was followed up by a headlining tour with Fightstar, Firescape, and Emanuel. They have also (at different times) toured along with such bands as Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and Greeley Estates.
Madina Lake currently has its music video for "One Last Kiss" playlisted on the UK Rock Channels Scuzz and Kerrang TV and the music video for "House of Cards" playlisted on UK Rock Channels Scuzz and Kerrang! TV as well as US network MTV. Their new single 'Here I Stand' is also currently on numerous UK Music Channels. The music video for their second (and first mainstream) single 'Here I Stand' debuted on July 9th, 2007 on MTV2 in the United States.
They are scheduled to play on the second stage of this year's Projekt Revolution tour, which will also features bands such as Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM,Mindless Self Indulgence, and Saosin, plus many others.