Release Date: 05/20/22
Today Dublin five-piece MELTS announce their debut album Maelstrom. The debut, produced by Daniel Fox of Gilla Band (FKA Girl Band), will be released on Mother Sky on Friday 13th May.
'Repetition is definitely the key to Melts,' says Gaz Earle. 'It's about just keeping it simple and driving and fucking stomping.' Earle (drums) makes up the Dublin five-piece along with Robbie Brady (keys/synth), Colm Giles (bass), Kenny (vocals) and Hugh O'Reilly (guitar). This idea of keeping it simple has been woven into the fabric of the band since day one.
Lyrically the album weaves between big picture state-of-the-world stuff to the more introspective and personal. The former can be heard on opener 'Maelstrom' which is about, according to Kenny, 'a storm that sweeps through a town one day and causes an irreversible change to the order of things he song written from the point of view of someone caught in currents, beyond their own making and understanding the frustrations felt by someone who feels powerless against the effects of the upheaval.' 'Spectral', on the other hand, one of the album's most tender moments that unfurls slowly with Kenny's rich and resonant vocal delivery, is a track dedicated to the loss of a friend to suicide. As a whole, Kenny says, 'the theme of the record is kind of based on coming to grips with the world around us.'
The end result is an album that gracefully yet potently merges psych rock with touches of post-rock-esque soundscapes, pulsing krautrock, all of which is driven by demented organ wig outs, engulfing waves of heavily textured guitar and a crisp rhythm section. While they land on a sound that is distinctly their own, their debut occupies something of a middle ground between Spacemen 3 and Primary Colours-era The Horrors. Or, as the band say themselves, something that sounds 'driving and fucking stomping.'
|Label: Mother Sky|
|Run Time: 44:00 mins|
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