Rock, doo-wop, punk, and an emotive infliction upon each note are a few takeaways from Counterfeit Madison’s latest single “Coma,” the first single taken off their upcoming third full-length album, Knucklehead. Comprised of queer Nigerian-American rock pianist and soul crooner, Sharon Udoh, bassist Adam Hardy, and drummer Seth Daily, the Columbus trio’s fresh single juxtaposes heavier themes of immigration and family penned by Udoh.
Udoh’s guttural vocals swing with the bounce of the keys and drums. Scratching the surface of raging moments in her life that lead her to self-induced coma, the bellowing, throaty pull that seems to peak from the pit of pain, digs deep on such a lively production. It’s an explosive take on a variety of charming genres that seemed to be continuously refined until it found relief with the words.
“’Coma’ is about a time in my life where a lot of things were dying figuratively, from a deteriorating relationship with my mother compounded by immigration issues dividing my family, to a toxic relationship with a man right before I came out,” says Udoh. “As I was struggling to come to terms with all these changes, I was a ghost of myself, as if I was in a coma, moving through the world in a fog of fury and indifference for about 18 months.”
Catch Counterfeit Madison on Tour:
8/11: Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar w/ Mal Blum
8/12: Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room w/ Mal Blu
8/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre w/ Mal Blum
8/14: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Mal Blum
8/24: Columbus, OH @ BrewDog USA (Punk Annual General Mayhem Festival)
Fall 2019: Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center Of The Arts (with nora chipaumire)