The Madpolecats, Wrenclaw, State Maps

The Madpolecats

The Madpolecats unique form of entertainment was developed by fusing together traditional bluegrass instruments with reggae/ska/punk influences, making rastabilly music or, skunkgrass. This family band has an arsenal of instruments, and is made of musicians who have played together at roadhouse bars, churches, music festivals, concert halls, fund raising events, benefits, weddings, wakes, and some of the best street corners in Wisconsin.

This project we call Wrenclaw commenced over a few beers with Brian Knapp in Madison, WI. We decided to record the tracks in his in-laws' cabin outside of Rome, WI (there are two Romes, by the way, we were in Adams County Rome). The band consisted of myself (Dan Walkner) playing all the guitars and harmonicas, Matt Crane on drums and a few strange percussion items (some kind of a cheese grater?), Dan Plourde on bass, Jacob Miller on percussion and vocals, Nate Gray on keys, and my dear ol' daddy, Bill Walkner, on bass, vocals, and the cooking of chili to sustain us through the process. Brian set up a studio in the living room and a "booth" in the bedroom to capture the magic. All of the pre-amps and other recording apparatti (?) were made by, and on loan from, Dan Probst. We recorded it Friday night, drank a bunch of beer, played ping-pong, had a bonfire, slept, and recorded the rest on Saturday. Sunday we were greeted with a downpour of snow, and everyone fled except myself, Jake, and Brian to finish the vocals with the natural reverb of the Great White North. When we got back to Madison, Anna Laube and Corey Hart joined us for some vocal dubs, and that was it. Little to no effects, just rooms, instruments, and souls.

State Maps began as a cover band in 2008 under the name "The Brandymans" (short for Brandy Manhattans, a favorite drink of the members at the time). Guitarist Greg Stelzer and bassist/songwriter Mike Wolf found drummer Nick Panka and keyboardist Adam Morstad through a series of Craigslist ads and chance meetings.

In 2011, the group decided to leave behind the wedding band scene and focus their combined 30 years of music performance experience on creating something original. In 2012, State Maps released "Killer Hill Day," their cardinal offering to the universe of recorded music.

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