MAL, an experimental rock band from Southern California, will release their newest album Come To Light on August 25th via Black Cast Music. The 20-song LP takes the listener on a sonic journey packed with a dynamic soundscape of rock, alternative, space rock, shoegaze and more. The album includes 15 all new MAL tracks, but were edited into 20 to include interludes and best tell their musical story.
“Come To Light is what our emotions sound like during a time of much confusion, madness, and distrust in the world– it’s “all over the place”. As a band we have always played what we liked and typically float through multiple genres within Rock/ Alternative. …and we certainly floated across genres a bit more on this one.” – MAL
MAL is more than comfortable in their own skin, steering clear from norms in rock music and being true to the influences that shaped their sound. The band fills a niche, yet powerful space reserved for progressive, intelligent arrangements with a familiar rock energy, and the group shamelessly leans into those sounds that fans of progressive, space, shoegaze, grunge, and post-rock will appreciate. The trio, which includes Peter Hollywood (Bass), Kristopher Jung (Vocals/Guitar), and Brendan Reynolds (Drums), formed as a band in 2012 after spending time playing in other area groups and gaining experience in the music industry.
Over the past decade, MAL has carefully evolved its sound with each album and single, keeping their relationship as musicians and close friends aligned with their passion for writing music that is authentic and memorable. The band can craft approachable rock tracks but also throw a curveball with 14-minute, multi-genre singles paired with incredible visuals. MAL has shared the stage with Alien Ant Farm, VOLTO (Danny Carey of TOOL), Saul, Boy Hits Car, and Andrew W Boss. The band has been featured heavily in the media, including coverage by Rock Era Mag, Mesmerized, Headbangers News, Iggy Mag, Audioelectica, and more.
The band speaks further on the single “Madness As Lift”; The song is a glimpse into the mind of the unstable, ignorant, and completely lost souls who are looking for purpose among the fringe of old, unsustainable ideas that lead to insanity. To quote Bette Midler, Madness is “the wind beneath” their wings.”
“This is a creepy song.…as it should be. This is the 4th single from MAL ahead of the COME TO LIGHT full length. The song, along with the entire album, follows no traditional arrangement. It drones (just as the drones of the fringes do), and becomes almost chaotic in schizophrenic polyrhythmic sections that burst into aggression and fury.”