By Jason Schneider. Photo Credit: Catherine Stockhausen.
Toronto alt-rockers Mad Ones have announced they are returning to Europe this fall on a 12-show tour that will see them land in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary and Slovenia (see dates below).
The trek is in support of the band's current album Last Forever, released late in 2021 on their own Fortune Stellar Records label. Since then, Mad Ones returned to the road in Canada with their new drummer Jesse L. Bellon, who has stepped in for Adam Balsam following his tragically unexpected death soon after Last Forever was completed. This past May, Mad Ones also served a month-long residency at Toronto's Dakota Tavern, and have begun recording new material with Jose Contreras of By Divine Right (also signed to Fortune Stellar).
The band is eager to return to Europe, since much of the material on Last Forever was inspired by their previous jaunt, most specifically the song "Kecskemét," whose title is derived from a town in Hungary. As singer/guitarist Andrew DeVillers says, “It’s about the joy of finding receptive audiences far from home. We also wanted to the song to provide a little history about Kecskemét, which is located in Hungary’s Southern Great Plain and is named after a goat.”
Up until the pandemic put touring on hold in 2020, Mad Ones had been on the road almost constantly since the release of their 2017 album Regretless, which featured guest appearances from members of The Sadies and Constantines. Their long list of notable performances includes CMW, Sled Island, Steamwhistle Craft Beer Festival, SXSW, M For Montreal and NXNE, along with support slots for The OBGMs, The Dirty Nil, PUP, The Growlers, Dilly Dally, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, Pack A.D., The Thermals, HotKid, PS I Love You, Bash & Pop (Tommy Stinson of The Replacements), and many others.