Madre Pore

Album Title: Overblown
Release Date: January 25, 2006
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Genre: Alt Rock
On their website, the band bio discusses at length the meaning of the band name. MadrePore means mother stone, referring to a type of coral that is hard on the outside and soft on the inside. So the handy description is a nice analogy of the music, which is both straight up no nonsense guitar driven rock and softer melodic instrumentation.

Madre Pore is a nice reprieve from the spate of mainstream pop punk based on formulaic songwriting. Although the album is full of the expected thrashing guitars intros, fist pumping rhythms, and hooks there are some surprising attempts at breaking the mold a bit. Madre Pore takes some advantage of the member's Mexican and asian heritage by singing in Spanish and playing the Japanese koto (a traditional string instrument).

The track that works the best is "Sui Generis" with an interesting base line and changing up the drums a bit before heading into the predictable no holds bar guitar chorus. It's still early in the game, but if Madre Pore keeps working on its distinctive international flavour, their sound might make it into something better than top 40 airplay.

Writer: Frieda Luk


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