Brookline TAB

Music with a message

In addition to sharing their music, most acts also strived to spread a message.

Josephine Madden, who performs as Josephine with a Cause, sings about social injustice through a personal lens.

Growing up in Israel, she witnessed violence and poverty. After moving to Brookline with her young daughter just more than a year ago, she said, she drummed up the courage to share her rock music with the community that welcomed her in a time of need.

“I came with nothing, just one suitcase, and the community opened their arms to me,” she said. “I want to give them courage through my words and through music.”

Abington Local Newspaper

MLS Network

“New England takes a crack at establishing their own club anthem By Andrew Wiebe After Real Salt Lake got things started with the "Believe RSL" anthem that got considerable internet love, the New England Revolution have added their own offering to the genre. The team announced on Monday that “New England Revolution Anthem,” written and performed by Josephin Shlomit Madden, a local from Abington, Mass., has been selected as the New England Revolution’s official 2012 victory song. I dig the punk rock vibe, and Josephin did a great job putting together something authentic and catchy at the same time. She's got a big voice and presence that fit the anthem well. The only thing left is for the Revs to win, something that hasn't come easy through two games in 2012. Fortunately, they'll have another chance to pipe this bad boy through the Gillette Stadium sound system on Saturday when Portland come to town.”

Revolution Soccer News

“Local product writes Revs 2012 official victory song Abington, Mass. singer/songwriter, Revs fan Josephin pens anthem, to perform at home opener. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – “New England Revolution Anthem,” written and performed by Abington, Mass. resident Josephin Shlomit Madden, has been selected as the New England Revolution’s official 2012 victory song. Madden – a 10-year season ticket holder – will perform the song on the Gillette Stadium field ahead of the Revolution’s home opener against the Portland Timbers on Sat, March 24. She will then take the field at halftime to sing several additional songs. “Having one of our long-standing season ticket holders as passionate and talented as Josephin pen a song about our club means a lot and we’re thrilled to announce ‘New England Revolution Anthem’ as our 2012 anthem, “said Revolution President Brian Bilello. “We’re looking forward to hearing it many times this year after wins at Gillette Stadium.””

SONIC LOBOTOMY, Salem, MA TV

“Josephin is a powerhouse. She rocks hard , and she has a message. She has conviction. She is on a crusade against injustice. Backed by a great four piece band , she delivers fierce and catchy tunes that make you think. She backs up her words with actions, supporting charity with the profits from her music. She is also a supporter of The New England Revolution soccer team, and she wrote a great theme song for the team. Jo grew up in Israel, and immigrated to Boston, and we are glad to have her here. She fits right in.”

WXIN Rhode Island College Radio

“Great track! Just got the chance to check it out, very cool feel to it". (About Josephin's New England Revolution Anthem single released 2011).

DASP, Germany

“..Just listened about 10 times to "give me a brake". This is a hit!...”

BostonPunk.org

“Awesome shit, it's not often i hear a girl fronted band where i don't want to rip my ears off after 2 songs.”

Plastic Bomb magazine, Germany

“I really enjoyed the 3 song EP JO & the MFers. Well done, great tunes. I just feel sorry that there were only 3 songs on the CD, as I would have enjoyed to listen to more songs of this artist Josephin. *Issue #56 a review and an extensive interview with Josephin (plus 2 pictures of Josephin).

The Neus Subjex, Cincinnati

“I'm amazed by this girl JO. The brutal vocals of the RIOTGRRL thing.. ROCK/PUNK/SOUL & most of all plain out great! Fans of Dropkick Murphys should buy. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of more great albums to come & I can't wait! Show your support. DO IT NOW!"

Mass Movement Magazine, UK

“When i looked at the sleeve i thought this was a new band from Shirley Manson as she looks a lot like her in those 2 pictures. Sounds trebly old style punk & sort of sounds like a blend of X Ray Spex, Daisy Chainsaw and Blondie.”

Rolling, Metal Thread

“The girl named JO on the cover of the EP, on the other hand, kicks ass.. & badass. with her catchily shouted barstool street-brawl punk'n'roll, she earns it. She has sung backup for Dropkick Murphys, but she is Isreaeli rather than Irish. ”

PUNK Magazine

"I got the EP JO and the MFers today and I can say without reservation it is FUCKING GREAT!!!! JO is a great singer! I love her sound! I will buy the upcoming album! Also a "band profile" of JO was published in the Sept '06 print issue.

Village Voice Magazine, NYC

“Lots of ladies this week.. 3 self released gals. But only 1 of the former wears her Rose Tattoo fanhood on her sleeves & could probably kick your arse.. Israeli American.. punk'n'roll. Under josephin's pic: Stay out of her way. ”

Fan review

“I dare you to listen once! Jo's whipsmart lyrics and phrasing combine with her powerhouse vocals and a great backing group to create a sound you won't find anywhere else. Fresh and tight--get ready to move!! -Spike"