Madison Rising: Singing For America

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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Bray, the lead singer of the new openly conservative rock band, Madison Rising. The band’s self-titled debut album was released on October 17, 2011 and has already charted in the top 100 best selling rock albums on both iTunes and The overarching theme of the band’s music is that of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility. Visit the band’s site at They are playing this Tuesday, January 17, in Washington, D.C.

FP: Dave Brave, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Thanks you for joining us today.

Bray: Sure. Happy to be here.

FP: Congratulations on your debut album and all your great success.

First, let’s begin with your admirable background. I noticed is that you’re a Navy veteran. Can you tell us a little about that part of your background? And thank you for serving this country and for putting your life on the line for us and our liberty.

Bray: Thanks Jamie.

I served as an 8404(FMF) Corpsman for STA platoon, 2nd battalion/2nd Marines out of Camp Lejeune, NC. It was an honor to serve side by side with the USMC!

FP: So when it comes to being a patriot, you’re definitely the real deal.

Bray: Absolutely. The stars and stripes fly high at my house!

FP: And the band itself is patriotic and all of you describe yourselves as pro-American. Tell us what that means to you and was that a conscious decision on your part?

Bray: Well, pro-American simply means we’re glad to be Americans. We’re grateful for all the things we have in this country and we’re damn proud of all that we’ve accomplished as a nation. We know that that’s the complete opposite of most people in the music industry, and the entertainment industry in general, but that’s who we are. And yeah, it was definitely a conscious decision. The guys all recognized the fact that there was no great pro-American rock music out there and we decided we needed to change that. There was a huge void and it was about time someone had the guts to stand up and fill it.

FP: So what message in general are you stressing in your music?

Bray: Our message is pro-American vs. anti-American. Hard work vs. entitlement. Creating as opposed to destroying. Personal responsibility as opposed to government dependency. We’re about what this country was founded on – integrity. Not whimpering or whining, but actually doing something. And not only do we have an overall message as a band, but each of our songs themselves has a specific message as well. Like “Soldiers of America” which is a rock anthem for the men and woman who serve our country and the sacrifices they make. Or “Rally the Youth,” a motivational song about the need for young people to take action, get informed, and to create a better future for themselves.

FP: The first song in the album is called “Right To Bear” — tell us about that song.

Bray: “Right To Bear” is a really guitar heavy rock song about protecting the 2nd amendment, which for some reason is always under attack from the Left. Our new video will be coming out very soon. I love that song and the video rocks!

FP: It looks like you have some videos out already. Which songs are those and why did you choose those?

Bray: We do have some videos out: “Walking through that door,” “Where was the media then,” and “Honk if you want peace.” We thought they were the most relevant.

FP: Media bias is a concern for a lot of conservatives. Tell us a bit about your song, “Where was the media then.”

Bray: Well, that’s probably our heaviest song musically, but also one of the most interesting thematically. It’s really a song that compares and contrasts how much attention the media gives to situations based on who is involved.  How the media hides anything the liberals do that would make them look bad, and how they vilify and blow everything conservatives do way out of proportion. We think we did a pretty good job telling the story and also writing it on a fairly intelligent level.

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  • Alex Kovnat

    I dig Madison Rising, but they are not the first non-liberal intellectual, non-leftist rockers. As much as I appreciate what they're doing to promote American values, I am disappointed I saw no mention of Ted Nugent, who's from Michigan (I admit I'm a little prejudiced here, as I have lived in Southeast Michigan since 1977). T.N. has done a great deal to promote ideas like free enterprise and the right of law abiding citizens to possess guns. Its nice though, that M.R. is now also doing the same.

  • Mike Elmore

    Nugent was a draft dodger or some would say a chicken hawk, no comparison..elmore

  • umustbkidding

    Um Alex Ted days have come and gone.

    These are the new flag bearers. I am thrilled that there is a new band to pick this up. I wish them TONS of success and I hope their messages resonate with today's youth.

    Today's youth have been indoctrinated from elementary school through college in Marxism. But you know that when marxism is confronted with the truth and liberty, the light bulb goes on for many.

    GOD bless guys.

  • Lisa Mei

    Madison Rising is doing fantastic…and we are proud of them. Want to add that there are MANY pro-America, pro-military artists at our site, BigDawg Music Mafia, where we are uniting patriot artists (musicians of all genres, graphic artists, painters, cartoonists, comedians, radio hosts, filmmakers, photographers, poets, authors, etc) to change our culture…and it's FREE to join. We invite you to join the Culture Revolution at

  • Flipside

    Attn Dave Bray: If you are going to be a band with lackluster or warped worldviews, YOUR BAND HAS TO SOUND GOOD in order to overcome that.

    • Frank

      You believe you are better than that? Explain please. Just the solid undeniable facts. I want you to convince me.

  • JustSayin'

    I respect this band's point of view, and the lead singer's military service (my own family has several veterans) but am a little lost as to there juxtaposition of "entitlement" vs. "hard work." The hardest working people I know are the Mexicans in my city who do all the dirty work, then are chastised by the American right for being here "illegally." They harvest our food, clean our homes, mow our lawns, etc., while black and white Americans, including a heckuva lotta Republicans, sit on their asses and bitch. And the whole point of the Occupy movement was to wake up folks to the fact that Obama let the entitled folks on Wall Street off the hook for robbing hardworking Americans. Were there jerks among the Occupiers? Of course! But I don't judge an entire movement by a few jerks just as I don't judge the brave men in Afghanistan by a few douchebags who decide to piss on a corpse! I hope this band does well, but I also hope they realize an artist doesn't take a "side," an artist tries to capture the world in all its complexity. Other than than, I hope they rock on.

  • RonPaul22001122

    Honk if you want madison rising to stop playing.

  • Sally Hill

    JustSayin', I'm guessing then that you either don't consider movie celebrities (Hollywood elitists) to be artists, or if you do, you think they don't take sides?

    I'm beginning to think Obama has joined that celebrity crowd and has gotten a bit too tight with them. I would say he has lost touch, but I don't think he was ever in touch.

    As far as the illegals, what part of illegal do you not understand is against the law? I'm all for them being here, as long as they come the correct way. As far as the jobs, yes, many do the jobs that Americans don't wan to, but that doesn't excuse their being here illegally. Work to get your papers, don't take short cuts, and above all learn English and speak it. Nothing more that I can't stand than a group of Mexicans standing around speaking Spanish while they are living here in America. We speak English – if you want to speak Spanish, go back to Mexico. Either embrace the culture here, or leave.

  • Andrea Bouchard

    I am so impressed with this group! As a senior citizen, I value your committment and beautiful music!

  • RogerDodger

    While you style is other than what I prefer, I REALLY appreciate your service in the Marines and getting the word out on gun control. Who was it said, "Gun control is hitting what you aim at."? The other kind is just control.
    Now, take a look at nebraska republic (one word) dot org and watch the video. Let me know what you think, rd6475 at hotmail dot com.