mel·o·dime - [mel-uh-dahym] - /’m?l?da?m/
1. Memories in the form of sound
2. Musical arrangement of thoughts emotions and/or experiences
3. A song, cadence, melody, or chant
4. Sonic déjà vu
5. The alignment of melody and time
6. An alternative country rock band from a farm outside Washington D.C.
MELODIME, a band of brothers from a farm outside Washington D.C., were taught at a young age not to despise small beginnings. From a humble upbringing to lowly tavern shows they’ve fought an uphill battle to become one of the premier bands in the metropolitan area. Their cross-genre sound, a great catalogue of songs and a dynamic live show have garnered them the attention of the industry and music fans of all ages.
Before playing under the glamorous lights of respectable clubs from NYC to Austin Texas. MELODIME (Bradley, Sammy, and Tyler) sharpened their skills in one of the least glamorous places imaginable: the hayloft of the family barn. In the sweltering heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter, the boys emulated the sounds of Tom Petty, Dave Matthews Band, and The Goo Goo Dolls for none other than a herd of horses in the surrounding fields. From there, they transitioned into playing in church bands which keyboardist Sam Duis said, “…was a great experience. You’re constantly playing with a different group of people and songs, which requires you to be flexible and learn fast. Also, to read and play according to the atmosphere of the room and then see the effect your musical gifts can have on people is an incredible thing.” Those influences, both musical and non, are a huge contributor to MELODIME’s songs, image and work ethic today.
Having backgrounds in a wide variety of music, MELODIME has landed on a clean, polished sound they’ve termed “Southern Fusion”: rootsy, colorful and pleasing to those who hold an appreciation for the past, while simultaneously being catchy, contemporary and original. Their live performance is a point of strength as they achieve with 3 guys (without the aid of backing tracks) what many 4 and 5 piece bands struggle to. The sound is full, energetic and refined, commonly praised as being “better than the cd”.
Their debut album, “Memories in the Form of Sound”, received high praise from hometown fans with energetic, feel-good tunes like “Somebody” and won the hearts of their neighbors to the south with the ode to Tennessee, “Orange People”. The ballad, “Sweet Contentment”, was featured twice on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and caught the attention of critics and listeners worldwide. With producer Jim Ebert (Butch Walker, Meredith Brooks, Madonna) at the helm, MELODIME’s sophomore studio album highlights a tremendous maturity in the lives and songs of the band. “With ‘Memories’, we needed a CD to sell at our shows so we rushed to give them the songs we had at the time.” – Tyler Duis. “This time around we had plenty of original material to choose from, to write, to re-write... to round out a solid record that is truly us and that we’re incredibly proud of.” – Bradley Rhodes. The album is expected to release in the spring of 2011. In addition to the studio albums, MELODIME has an ongoing series of recordings titled “The B.Room Diaries” which has given life to fan favorite tunes such as “High & Low”, “Sailboats” and “Start the Day Early”. Compilation Vol. 1 is available on iTunes and limited edition CD while Vol. 2 is currently being released song by song through free digital downloads.
MELODIME has opened, headlined, or shared the stage with bands such as:
· Third Eye Blind
· Matt Nathanson
· The Alternate Routes
· The Dirt Guv'nahs
· Green River Ordinance
· Carbon Leaf
· The Ready Set
· Stephen Kellogg
· We Shot the Moon
On stages such as:
· The 9:30 Club (DC)
· Mercury Lounge (NYC)
· The Knitting Factory (NYC)
· The Bitter End (NYC)
· Rockwood Music Hall (NYC)
· The Legendary Dobbs (Philadelphia, PA)
· The State Theater (Falls Church, VA)
· Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA)
· Iota Music Club (Arlington, VA)
· Kirk Avenue Music Hall (Roanoke, VA)
· Double Door Inn (Charlotte, NC)
· The Pour House (Raleigh, NC)
· The Basement (Nashville, TN)
· Capones (Johnson City, TN)
· Texas Rock Fest - Outdoor Stage (Austin, TX)
· The Dorm Room (Austin, TX)
Bradley - Vocals, Harmonica, mandolin, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitars
Sammy Duis - Bass, Guitar, Piano, organ, bgvs
Tyler Duis (Tyg) - Drums, Piano, Percussion, keyboard, Cajón
Note: All albums are available on iTunes or any online distributor.
LP - 3 Reasons For Fighting (Released June 3rd 2011 - Streaming on Reverbnation and currently on Last.fm and Jango radio airplay)
LP - Memories in the Form of Sound (Sweet Contentment was featured twice on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance"; Somebody is currently on Last.fm and Jango radio airplay)
LP - The Bathroom Diaries, Vol. 1
Single - December (Currently on Last.fm and Jango radio airplay)
Music Review: MELODIME, "3 Reasons for Fighting"
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MELODIME is at that potentially tragic point in their story: at the height of their sound, remaining...MELODIME is at that potentially tragic point in their story: at the height of their sound, remaining true to their art, and on the precipice of being snapped up by a conglomerate that will produce them right into two-dimensional homogenization.
Their music runs the high gamut from high energy Hootie and the Blowfish ("Hollywood," "Sally Stein") to meditative and medicative Kurt Cobain ("Country Singer," "The Letter"). Often the verses have the machine-gun patter of street poetry, and occasionally ("Country Singer," "Paper Wings") you might wonder when Todd Agnew joined the group. All of which is quite a range for this alternative-country-rock-justdamncool band who are obviously on top of their game both lyrically and technically.
Not beholden (at least, not yet) to formula-addicted production houses or enslaved to the 3-minute radio-friendly menu, MELODIME uses their music to say what they want to say, to tell their stories the way they want to tell them. And often the most relevant songs are about the life of making music, being on the road, and dealing with both broken hearts and the dichotomy of their image and their reality. "Paper Wings" expresses it best to the "naive audience" when it asks "If I'm a rock star, where's the cocaine? / Where's the Grammys and the fake name?"
One thing you never question about a MELODIME song is whether they put their all into it. Each one is not just musically addictive, but is fit to bursting with the emotion and energy the artists have infused into it; it's not commercial, it's better: it's art.
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MELODIME is often referred to as a Southern Rock band – they even describe themselves that way on Fa...MELODIME is often referred to as a Southern Rock band – they even describe themselves that way on Facebook. But while the guys are technically Southern, having grown up in Virginia, this well-crafted music doesn’t have the swagger or reckless musical abandon of contemporary Southern Rockers like Drive By Truckers or Blackberry Smoke. Instead, the talented trio cranks out earnest, anthemic tunes that will remind listeners of their self-professed heroes, Dave Matthews and the Goo Goo Dolls. Bradley Rhodes’ baritone is strong and sincere, as is his songwriting. Perhaps most impressive about this hard-working and ambitious band is their cohesive musical ability. Three guys play richly textured music, weaving guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards and organs into a symmetrical and ear-pleasing sound. Their new record, “3 Reasons For Fighting,” would sound right at home on contemporary adult radio.
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Local music fans who enjoy a hometown success story and who haven't checked out Northern Virginia's ...Local music fans who enjoy a hometown success story and who haven't checked out Northern Virginia's MELODIME might want to see the band tomorrow night at Royal Lake Park. Who knows how long it will be before the group's momentum carries its musicians to bigger things than playing free outdoor shows in their own back yard?
Not that critical praise, respectable record sales and an expanding fan base would be enough to lure MELODIME from home. After all, the group's debut album, "Memories in the Form of Sound," features a song called "NoVa Love" and another with lyrics extolling the musical inspiration the band members get from making "sweet Virginia" their base. But when a band this good starts attracting attention, it doesn't pay for those who want to say, "I saw them way back when," to procrastinate.
"There was a time when we were seriously considering moving," said MELODIME's main songwriter, singer and guitarist Bradley Rhodes, who grew up in Vienna and graduated from Oakton High School. Rhodes said the band had considered relocating to Nashville but scrapped that plan when things began to fall into place locally.
Staying close to home is fine with him, Rhodes said. "I feel like D.C is great place for bands to grow. I really like the area and the opportunities we could have here. Things are really starting to pick up at this point," he said, noting MELODIME's busy concert schedule. "We are seeing the fruits of our labors."
The group, made up of keyboardist Sam Duis, drummer Tyler Duis, bassist Nate Thomas, violinist Katie Shanta and part-time vocalist Rachel Beauregard, mixes a refreshing musical cocktail from rock, country, blues and folk influences. MELODIME got its start in 2005 and released its first CD last year. The band's song "Sweet Contentment" was featured on the Fox network's show "So You Think You Can Dance" last summer.
CD Review - MELODIME 'Memories in the Form of Sound'
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THE CRUX of MELODIME's music is Bradley James Rhodes's baritone, accompanied by either acoustic guit...THE CRUX of MELODIME's music is Bradley James Rhodes's baritone, accompanied by either acoustic guitar or piano. Plucked from the Northern Virginia quartet's new album, songs such as "Through the Miles" might suggest that Rhodes and fellow singer Rachel Beauregard front a jazz-folk combo, sleekly contemporary but suitable for easy-listening venues.
Yet "Memories in the Form of Sound" often expands on its gentler passages, from the hard rock of "The Orphan Song" to the gospel of "When I'm 63."
The latter is more characteristic of the band, which draws heavily from traditional African American styles. "I don't classify as a Southerner," cautions Rhodes in "Orange People," and the group offers two versions of "NoVa Love," a song that puts its origins right in the title. Still, Southern-rooted styles are integral to Melodime, which owes something to Charlottesville's Dave Matthews Band and more to Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans. With their New Agey lyrics and intricate production, tunes such as "Twisted Fairytale" are up-to-date. But there's a lot of musical history in them, too.
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Ambitious folk-tinged rock from D.C. Rootsy, with a lot of interesting layers. This first full-lengt...Ambitious folk-tinged rock from D.C. Rootsy, with a lot of interesting layers. This first full-length effort is impressive, with harmonies and harmonicas keeping a listener on his toes. Some tracks remind one of Blues Traveler, but this quartet is their own beast, and when all cylinders fire, it’s a fine result. A nice change of pace from typical recycled shoe-gazing tripe out there.
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