It’s new rock for a new age, call it what you want, I would imagine Melted wouldn’t care as long as you showed up for the fun. A mass of noise, fuzz, and all at a pace not matched by many. Frantic rock , comes to mind, but make sure if your not ready for this best you stay out of the way . Melted is the kind of Band that in a very short time will capture the attention of fans and critics , these guys are going places and they won’t be wearing any seat belts.
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
Together Pangea and The Audactiy, but we try to be the craziest and most energetic band anyone has ever seen!
Justin, Leo, Sam
We are from…….
Orange County and Corona, but we generally play in Orange County more so we call it our home.
Who are some that have an influence on you?
I think influence goes beyond sound. We take most our influence from our friends. We take influence from Lovely Bad Things to stay level headed and hardworking. We take influence from The Grinning Ghosts to keep moving forward and pushing through the tougher times. We take influence from No Parents to have a good time and write songs that we like.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band?
We have only been a band for about a year and a half, so we were all early/mid twenties when we started. I, Justin, play guitar and sing, Leo plays bass, and Sam plays drums.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out.
Usually, we bring ideas to practice and flesh them out together, we try a couple different versions of each part and work out the transitions and bridges together, to keep us from falling into the same patterns of structure. Then we practice those songs for months and months, recording them on our phones and eventually grouping them with other songs and putting in some studio time. We have songs we’ve written almost a year ago that haven’t been heard yet.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?
As musicians, I think the biggest challenge we face is writers block. I’ll write 2 or 3 songs I really love, over a months time and then have a dry spell for months. Its tough keeping a consistent streak going, but eventually we get stoked on a show or a new venture and get back in the groove. Another challenge we face is writing songs we like versus writing songs that our fans will like. Most of the time we test ourselves and our fans and try throwing in different styles of writing. Usually they pan out well for both of us.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
Any time before the internet played a huge part in the music industry. I remember reading a book called “My Band Could Be Your Life” where different bands described what life is like spending 3 months on the road or mailing press kits to labels. Before the internet, times were tough but hard work really paid off. It was harder to succeed, so the quality of work really defined a band, where as now, a bands success is determined by their facebook likes and bandcamp plays. I feel like now, with the heavy dependence on the internet, we are over saturated with music, good and bad. Some artists work so hard and get so little, and vice versa. It also seems like now, without some internet presence, a band would be doomed.
Who are all of you currently listening to ….
We are always listening to King Tuff and Ty Segall, but some of our friends have been putting out quality stuff. Our soon to be tour mates and best friends in The Grinning Ghosts just released a crazy killer album. Also, we’ve been listening to our Burgerama playlist to get our bodies ready for the magic that will be.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Well luckily we get to play Burgerama this year with WEEZER and FIDLAR and PANGEA and BASS DRUM OF DEATH and every other band we love. Not sure what else we could ask for, maybe Wavves, King Tuff, Best Coast, The Hives, or one of Jack White’s many bands.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Never be satisfied in your writing and performance, always strive to write better songs and play better live shows. If your songs are catchy and fun, write another song catchier and more fun! If your live set is perfect, try jumping around and making faces. Don’t be bored with your songs and your set and other people won’t get bored of you. Another thing to be conscious of is to always have fun with it. If you ever feel stressed or bored, just take a step back and collect all the reason you started doing it for in the first place.
The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us….
Remember to clear the area around you of any fragile objects or people, its about to get a little crazy.
Our plans for 2015…..
TOUR!!! We leave for a West Coast tour with The Grinning Ghosts at the end of February and get home mid March.
BURGERAMA!!! When we get home from tour, we’ll be gearing up to play Day 1 of Burgerama 4.
NEW RECORD!!! We’ll be hitting the studio with Jonny Bell in August to start recording our first full length.
and more stuff that we can’t talk about just yet but that we are really stoked for. 2015 is the year of the MELTED!
And don’t forget to catch Melted at Burgerama…..