Bands to Watch #268: Melic

By on Thursday, 18th July 2013 at 12:00 pm

I’m as big a fan of wonky time signatures, innovation and bands going out of their way to be the next Radiohead/Arcade Fire, by ripping up the laws of music, as the next cardigan wearing muso. But sometimes, and it’s become all too often these days, I want music that isn’t hugely challenging, but is instead just enjoyable and a good laugh. Plus, I look really silly in a cardigan and can’t really get away with calling myself a muso, because the first album I owned was by Hanson and I REALLY liked Busted.

Enter stage right Melic: a four-piece rock band from London whose sound is gloriously simple and yet so funky, it has your body curving and grooving like a serpent in the middle of being charmed. The songwriting on their single ‘Nowhere I’d Rather Be’ is the perfect example of their bluegrassy hippishness. It’s a rock song, with an absolute instant hook, which will stick in your brain as long as that Slush Puppie brain freeze you got yesterday, because IT WAS JUST TOO WARM TO NOT EAT/DRINK IT QUICKLY. Mark Hitchcock’s guitars are soft enough to keep the song grounded, but with that vibrant edge to it, that has the song almost threatening to get a bit heavier.

It is tremendously clichéd to say that songs like the aforementioned are made for summer days like the continuous bout we are experiencing/suffering (delete as applicable) at the moment. But with a cold beer in one hand, a rack of ribs sizzling on your BBQ and your stereo (yes, people still have stereos) on in the background. Well, quite frankly, there’s nowhere I would rather be than listening to this song right now.

‘Nowhere I’d Rather Be’ is one of two singles of a double-A sided release (the other is ‘Folowers’) out now. Melic’s debut album ‘An Hour to Anywhere’ is out on the 5th of August on Beatnik Geek Records.


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9:33 pm
18th July 2013

After a long time i get to hear a piece of Good Rock Music, i am goin to check out there album

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