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Cody Melville

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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""Bonds Eye" Cody Melville Releases a Potent Creative Rock "n" Roll Album"

Cody Melville drops Bonds Eye today, his tenth album, the follow-up to Fireworks on 14th Street. Based in New York City, Melville’s musical influences include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dylan, Bowie, Springsteen, Todd Rundgren, Lou Reed, Chuck Berry, Ian Hunter and The Brill Building Crew.

Melville plays most of the instruments on Bonds Eye, but not all and not on every track. Guest musicians include Steve Holley on drums; Keith Lentin on acoustic guitar and bass; Jeff Levine on organ and piano; John Melville on drums; Joel B. Cannon on slide guitar; and Dina Regine on vocals on “Remember Ah Remember.” Melville’s sound blends rock and roll with elements of soul, pop, dream pop and hints of country rock.
Bonds Eye comprises ten tracks. “I Don’t Want To Go” opens with dirty guitars and a heady groove. The rock melody thrums with impulsive power and a cavernously throbbing bassline. I love the muddy flavor of the heavy guitars riding underneath Melville’s tenor. “Rock N Roll Prayer” features an alt rock flavor, pulsing with a cogent rhythm and lightly riffing guitars. Bowie-esque background vocals add depth and a degree of delightful hauteur. “I Envy Her So” rides a vigorous rock melody running with heavy guitars and sparkling accents. Melville’s vocals exude a rampant energy that warbles with infectious hues.

“If You Dance In The Mirror” delivers a bluesy-flavored rock melody rife with a pummeling bassline driving the rhythm forward relentlessly. The vocals are cool and evocatively twangy. And the slide guitar wailing in the backdrop is scrumptious with muddy colors. “Marie” emanates an almost dream pop flavor mixed with a country feel traveling on the quavering organ. This is one of my favorites on the album. “Damaged Goods” pulses with a southern rock energy that’s muscular and nastily tight. Dirty guitars imbue the melody with dark raw dynamics grinding with pulverizing force.

“Joeys A Saint” reflects punk, grunge and country rock flavors, giving the tune a slick tremulous hum. I love the harmonica accents that provide an edge to the tune. And the guitar solo is crazily ferocious with wicked pigments. “The Empty Bed” combines pop and soul elements into an opulent ballad with an orchestral feel to it, as strings glow underneath. The guitar solo exudes an exotic essence that tantalizes with its elegant texture. “Remember Ah Remember” rides an alt rock melody with the quivering organ surfacing organically. Dina Regine’s delicious voice reflects lush sensual colors that counterbalance Melville’s soaring tenor.

“My Girl Is In The Show” rides a polyrhythmic groove tumbling with an electronic pulse and a buffeting piano. There’s almost an electronic dance pulsation rising from the tune, which, with the rock-lite component, blends well. The song is singularly attractive, grabbing hold and refusing to let go.

Bonds Eye is chock-full of potent, creative rock n’ roll melodies, as well as hefty rhythmic pulses that hit home at the visceral level. And Melville’s strong tenor injects the music with a spectrum of prevailing tones and a contagious laid-back feel. Bonds Eye is definitely yazum! - Huffington Post


"Cody Melville What's in a Name"

When your name is as archetypically American as Cody Melville, one thing is perfectly clear: you better come up with the goods. Don’t be mistaken, Melville does not affect anything overly American, rootsy or folky. But with that name he has implied some pretty big promises. And on his new album, Bonds Eye, he fulfills them. Having ingested influences like Lou Reed and David Bowie, but fully digested them, this glammy New Yorker has made a remarkable album. It’s familiar and yet somehow new. It’s really quite something.

“I have to admit that my roots are in early ‘70s music,” says the affable Melville. “Bowie, Lou Reed, Mott The Hoople. But I think I’ve got my own sound now. Still, that sort of mix of rock and artifice those guys applied to the music, as opposed to the sincerity of the ‘60s, is where I feel most comfortable.”

Listen to Bonds Eye and you’ll hear that Melville has really hit his comfort zone. Smack in the middle.

The album is a cornucopia of hard rocking and melodic delights. It smacks you right off with the meaty, sizzling riff of “I Don’t Want To Go.” With a catchy-as-herpes chorus (that contains just a soupçon of “Sweet Jane”), it would make a great single. You know, if they still put them out. The cool thing is, for all his ‘70s allure and amour, Melville’s got his own thing going. More personal and revealing than something by Bowie, much better sung than Reed, it’s a Power Pop song of desperate love, with the perfect sheen of Top Forty radio. Then there’s “Rock N Roll Prayer.” Starting with a fuzzy, psychedelic guitar hook, Melville croons the title of the tune, which is hooky as hell once you hear it. Then there’s the hard rocking’ “Damaged Goods.” Overstuffed with power chords, it sports another catchy guitar hook and a lyric about how broken to pieces we all feel as we grow older. If you like lyrical, noisy, articulate rock and roll, you could almost weep listening to Bonds Eye. Simply for the fact that you thought you’d never hear anything like it again.

Melville, modest man that he is, distributes the credits for this superb new disc equally to his players, surroundings and studio, instead of taking the lion’s share himself.

“I was tired of dealing with Manhattan and Brooklyn prices and hassles,” he says, “so I bought a house in upstate NewYork, big with lots of rooms, for a very reasonable price. I built a studio there and had some great players come and help me on the record. That’s one reason I was able to write and record so many songs. I wasn’t consumed with money worries about being in the studio or the problems that come with living in the city.”

Melville is being humble when he talks about writing “so many songs.” In fact, when he was ready to record in his studio, he had 35 to choose from. If there’s an interesting irony here, it’s that the singer-songwriter made such an urban-sounding, Glam album in a big house in the country. I mean, The Band made some incredible music up here too, but rustic and rural, in keeping with the mountains and the pine trees.

As with 2015’s Fireworks on 14th Street, Melville plays most of the instruments on the new record. Which can happen when you have your own studio and you’re not on the clock when overdubbing. It also helps, of course, to know all those instruments. The things he didn’t play were done by a team of very hip and talented session men, most of whom you’ve heard without actually knowing.

“I was really lucky to get Steve Holley to play drums on a couple of tracks. He’s probably best known for drumming for Paul McCartney and Ian Hunter. I got Keith Lentin to pitch in on acoustic guitar and bass. Keith use to play with (legendary noise guitarist) Link Wray. I also feel particularly fortunate to have gotten one of my favorite girl singers on my song ‘Remember Ah Remember.” Her name is Dina Regine and in addition to being a great photographer, she is a staple on Manhattan music scene. I’ve loved her voice forever, and when I heard her on Little Steven’s Underground Garage, I knew I had to get her to sing with me. To my great good fortune, she did.”

Then Melville sighs and says, “Now the real work begins. I have to go out and promote this thing.” Which is followed by a half-serious chuckle. I think it’s because Cody Melville knows what he’s accomplished with Bonds Eye. And when you know you’ve made such a fine, eclectic, timeless rock album, the difficulty is really over. And to anyone who can craft and polish a gem this fine really has done the hard part. Going out and selling it? That should be child’s play. - American Songwriter Magazine


"Cody Melville Bowery Electric"

Cody Melville was born in Brooklyn, New York, but during his formative years, his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. He returned to Brooklyn as a young adult, but both cities played equal parts in his development as a prolific singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Brooklyn fed his street-savvy world view lyrics and Detroit helped him find his soulful groove. On many of his recordings, he plays the majority of the instruments and has produced his own work as well. Melville released his 10th album, Bonds Eye, on December 8, 2017.

Melville celebrated the release of his newest album with a headlining performance tonight at the Bowery Electric. From the first song, Melville demonstrated that he was a serious singer/songwriter, yet one that was gifted with a resounding rock and roll heart. His compositions were birthed as pensive prose, then given a new wind with a strong backbeat, searing guitars and rolling keyboards. Melville's band served the repertoire well in most cases, although in a few cases early in the set the musicians tended to smother the songs by lending a bit too much boisterous energy. Melville's vocals were passionate, with a delivery that balanced vulnerability and bravado. Thoughtful lyrics delivered like this ultimately made for a compelling performance.
Posted 11th December 2017 by Everynight Charley Crespo - The Manhattan Beat


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Fireworks on 14th Street

Bonds Eye

Dogs in this Town - Coming Soon

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Cody Melville is a singer/songwriter from New York City. He has just completed a new album, written and recorded during the pandemic.  Joining him on the record, Mark Plati (Bowie, The Cure, Prince) on bass and John Melville (NY Loose, The Everyothers) on Drums and Jesse Bryson (The Robin Electric) on Harmony vocals.

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