Paste Premieres New Album 'Sunswimmer'

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When it comes to honing in on the perfect sound, Athens, Ga. band New Madrid is keeping it local and taking all the right cues: building a following with their live show and sharing bills with the likes of Futurebirds and Dead Confederate, the band has kept the momentum going by teaming up with David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers) as producer for debut full-length Sunswimmer.

“The songs were heavily informed by the live setting, and were written while steadily running around the south playing shows in a variety of spaces,” said guitarist and vocalist Phil McGill.

Knowing that they wanted to press the album to vinyl, the band worked within a very specific time limit.

“It was nice to work within the 45 minute framework,” explained McGill. “We weren’t necessarily set on doing a single LP until we really got into the first week of recording and got a feel for the new songs in the studio.”

Sunswimmer is set for release on Feb. 25 via Normaltown Records. Listen to the album in its entirety in the player above.