Madam Tsunami is an Auckland alternative rock band led by singer/songwriter Adam Usmani. The band revives elements of 90’s grunge rock, albeit without heavy distortion.
Madam Tsunami's debut album was recorded late 2013 at York Street Studios and produced with assistance from famed New Zealand musician Don McGlashan (The Mutton Birds). Written by front man Adam Usmani, the self-titled debut is a rock album heavily influenced by Adam’s working class background, a voice rarely represented in modern music.
Unplugged and acoustic with grunge influences, the 11-track 39-minute album is an energetic entrance for the new band. Usmani is no stranger to the Auckland music scene having previously hosted Alt TV’s Top of the Rocks and performed in the jazz/blues band The Usmani Collective.
Madam Tsunami has only been rehearsing together for a year, yet the songs are a collection of Usmani’s ideas spanning well over a decade. Inspired by the reality of being a full-time tradesman and father of two, Usmani touches on themes relatable to many including blue-collar struggles, love, life and the desire for more equality.
Adam Usmani - Vocals/Guitar/Organ/Songwriting/production
Ross Larsen - Bass
Jonathan Wilson - Drums/Backing Vocals
Coralie Usmani - Violin
Don McGlashan - Production
Engineered and mixed by Hayden Taylor and Scott Seabright (York St Studios)
Mastered by Dave Baxter (Avalanche City)