Maddie Ross understands the importance of creating authentic music, and the necessity of visible, queer role models. Today, she shares new video “Miracle” – watch via Affinity Magazine, share via Youtube – ahead of its release on all DSPs this Friday, off her debut, full-length album, Never Have I Ever, out May 10 via Sentimental Records.
“Miracle” is specifically designed as an alternate score to the scene in Can’t Hardly Wait where Jennifer Love Hewitt walks into the party and everything turns to slow-motion. The song is meant to capture the feeling of when you see the girl of your dreams walking towards you, and the need to build yourself up to find the courage to talk to her and play it cool. The lyric video was created internationally, along with the help of Australian band Tether. Tether bandmates Codie Sundstrom and Caitlin Norris threw a party, asking attendees to “dress American”, and captured the resulting footage with an Australian Maddie body-double walking through the crowd. Shab Ferdowsi (Blushh) shot Maddie’s individual parts from home on a cell phone, and iPhone text bubbles were added to display the lyrics, ending the song with an opened read receipt.
Never Have I Ever bursts at the seams with energy, humor, infectious melodies, confessional lyrics, and abundant references to some of the best hits and movie synchs of the ’90s and ’00s. Yet, while each song is heavily inspired by specific movie scenes, the lyrical content is much more personal. Most of the movies referenced are devoid of the anguish, self-discovery, and eventual pride embedded in the adolescent queer love experience. As Ross puts it, “‘Never Have I Ever’ is inspired by a variety of movies, but the story it tells follows a plot of its own. In our wildest fantasies, someone would write an adorable girl-meets-girl rom com, and use the entire album as a score.”
To celebrate the upcoming release, Maddie and her producer, co-writer, Sentimental Records label co-founder, and longtime girlfriend Wolfy designed an imaginary early ’00s teen zine named Sentimental Records Magazine, detailing the album along with playful interviews, satirical quizzes, favorite Cosmo sex tips, and much more.
Never Have I Ever was made entirely by women, produced by Wolfy and co-written between the couple. It follows Ross’ most recent release, the Touch Hands, Touch Bodies EP, which debuted at BlackBook and was #25 on Billboardstaff’s ‘25 Best Rock Albums of 2018‘, earning Maddie their title of, “The Best DIY Rock Star You’ve Never Heard Of”. Ross will tour in support of Never Have I Ever in May of 2019, once again opening for KT Tunstall on a run of East Coast dates.
Maddie Ross Tour Dates:
May 08 – Detroit, MI @ El Club*
May 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
May 11 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage*
May 12 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works*
May 13 – Toronto, CA @ Horseshoe Tavern*
May 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live*
May 18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
May 19 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair*
* w/ KT Tunstall