Album: World War III (2011)


  • The second single from American post hardcore band Madina Lake's third album World War III was produced by Billy Corgan. Frontman Nathan Leone told Rock Sound magazine about the collaboration with the Smashing Pumpkins frontman: "Getting to work with Billy Corgan was f---ing ridiculous. He's the most talented genius we've ever had the privilege of meeting, much less working with. He invited Matthew (Leone, bass) and I out to Sedona, AZ where they were working on the new Pumpkins record. Coincidentally we were planning on going to Sedona so Matthew could rest and heal because it's a very spiritual and energetic place. So we flew out and stayed in one of the cabins they had rented. It turned out that it was just Billy, his engineer and assistant. We sat next to them as he went through countless song ideas each day and every time he played this one riff Matthew and I couldn't contain our fanboy enthusiasm for it. After three days he just turned around and asked us if we wanted it.

    That night at the cabin I essentially finished the lyrics and we brought it back to Madina, added guitars drums and bass in two days. The record had taken on a few themes at this point, one being human nature and/or animal instinct because at this point we'd essentially been surviving off it. It's about life breaking you down to your absolute core and finding beauty and peace in that."


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