MATT DONAHUE AKA MAD 45 Matt Donahue is MAD 45, coming live and direct from the industrial Midwest of the United States, bringing intense rock and roll music with a lyrical attack. Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 works within a variety of creative mediums including rock, punk, metal, anti-folk, trip hop, visual art, street photography, film and the written word. Musically, Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 has worked as a composer, performer and producer in the musical genres mentioned above. He has an underground/overground following having served as a front person with numerous bands including, the Great Barbeque Gods (former band of Scott Shriner from Weezer, Brad Coffin from Five Horse Johnson and renowned session drummer Tim Gahagan with Donahue on vocals). More recently he worked with legendary producers Adrian Sherwood and Pete Holdsworth from On-U Sound/Green Tea Records from London, England on the music and art collective Universe Crew, who released an album, a 12" and a double EP with Japan's Audio Active on the Green Tea label. Always staying on the musical and political edge and ahead of his time every time, Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 returns to the punk rock and roll roots for the self-titled album, MAD 45, bringing an intense combination of rock and roll, heavy metal and punk with a lyrical attack. With songs such as "No More Bombs", "Hear My Fist" "Live To Win" and "Back the Weed", MAD 45 brings a social and political critique to life in the 21st century. Always thinking of the fans, MAD 45 has included 11 acoustic bonus tracks on the self-titled MAD 45 album, in addition to the rock/electric versions. Currently MAD 45 is working on a second album (untitled at this time), which will likely feature rock/electric versions as well as solo acoustic versions and is set for release for early 2009. For the self titled album, Matt Donahue produced, wrote and directed all of the videos for the first album which is in a DVD collection titled "MAD 45: The Forty Five Dollar Videos". This video collection features the infamous "No More Bombs" and "Riding Out" videos, as well as footage from his art car documentary "Taking It To The Streets: An Art Car Experience" for the "Hear My Fist" and "Live To Win" videos. Currently Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 is working on video concepts for his second album, which will be released in early 2009. Artistically Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 has exhibited his artwork at galleries, festivals and museums throughout the United States. Working within a variety of artistic mediums, including two and three-dimensional collage, street photography and art cars with an "Outsider Art" approach. His art car concept known as the "Record Car" adorns the artwork for the self-titled MAD 45 album, featuring Record Car Volume 1, 2, 3 and 4. Over the years he has made over 15 art cars, which have been featured in a number of exhibits throughout the United States. He has served as an educator working with art cars and Outsider Art projects with high school, college students and inner city youth in the Midwest United States, special needs children in Glasgow, Scotland and youth in Singapore. He has recently finished up a documentary titled "Taking It To The Streets: An Art Car Experience" which features the music of Mad 45, and a look at Matt Donahue making two of his favorite art cars the "Record Car" and the "Jackson Pollocktik". "Taking It To The Streets: An Art Car Experience" is the second documentary from Matt Donahue, and is a follow up to his award winning PBS documentary titled "The Hines Farm Blues Club" in which he served as a co-producer, co-director and co-writer. This documentary covered the history of one of America's premier blues clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, known as the Hines Farm Blues Club located in the industrial Midwest of the United States and features interviews with B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland and the late John Lee Hooker. Matt Donahue was awarded with a Telly Award, Excellence in Media Award from Women in Communication and was nominated for an Emmy by the Midwest region Academy of Television. In regards to written works, Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 has been published in a variety of magazine and journal articles on popular music and popular culture, and has written a book on the history of one of America's most famous blues clubs of the 1950s and 1960s, The Hines Farm Blues Club, titled "I'll Take You There: An Oral and Photographic History of the Hines Farm Blues Club". Currently Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 is working on a postcard book of his art cars. Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 has been interviewed for his popular culture/popular music insights for various publications including, MOJO, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, The Toledo Blade, the San Diego Tribune, the Fort Wayne Gazette, Xlr8r, Elixir, Big City Blues and many others. He also has served as a consultant for the National Endowment of the Humanities and has lectured on topics related to popular culture and popular music throughout the country. So as you can see, Matt Donahue aka MAD 45 is more than a musician...he is a renaissance man who uses music and his other creative efforts as a tool or a weapon of social and political criticism and change.