Hey Hey Melodica

Hey Hey Melodica

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Hey Hey Melodica is an experimental rock outfit from Indianapolis, IN, that blends folk textures with unconventional song structures to showcase the melancholic but hopeful songwriting of Anthoney Scroggins & co.

Biography

Hey Hey Melodica was officially formed in the fall of 2005 after Anthoney Scroggins and David Petrison had been playing music together for a number of months. They enlisted a number of musicians to help out, including Nathaniel Sparks on bass. The three of them were friends for many years before ever forming a band together, but it wasn't until the members were through their college years before they realized how much their musical tastes had aligned over time. The members connected over a lot of the more textured, introspective music from the era, most notably and passionately Elliott Smith. David and Anthoney both were big fans of his and wanted to do music that was similar in tone.

Anthoney started playing some coffee houses in the fall of 2004 before enlisting the help of David to develop a more full blooded band sound. After forming the band in 2005, they played with a rotating cast of musicians through the next few years and played over 40 shows in the area. In early 2007, the band recorded an EP entitled A Song of Broken Notes and distributed many of them at local shows through the next year. Eventually the band developed a few high profile fans, including columnist/cartoonist for Nuvo Newsweekly Wayne Bertsch, who named Hey Hey Melodica as one of his favorite local bands in his comic, as well as WICR DJ Tim D., who invited the band to do an acoustic set on his show The Free Zone. By the end of 2007, Hey Hey Melodica became one of the most downloaded artists on a popular Indiana music site Musical Family Tree, matching the number of downloads of Indiana juggernauts Margot and the Nuclear So & So's for a time.

Through 2008, Hey Hey Melodica gained some more exposure by placing 2nd in a web-based fan poll of local bands sponsored by Nuvo Newsweekly and radio station X103 and by getting some airplay on X103's local show.

After a series of rotating drummers, close friend of the band Jeff Geesa moved from New York back to Indianapolis and offered to play drums for the bands. In 2009, the band is looking to release another EP in the second quarter and book several tours through the year.

Discography

A Song of Broken Notes EP (2007)
Indie Band Collective Compilation Vol. 1 (2008), "Birds in Cages"
Indie Band Collective Compilation Vol. 2 (2008), "Song For Stephen"

Set List

Hey Kid
Don't Play Dead With Me
Birds in Cages
Song For Stephen
Dust/Bones
The Devil Plays For Keeps
If the World Should End
Our Own Quiet Parade
A Song of Broken Notes
Call Off Your Dogs
10 After 12
Super Matador (cover of local artist Gill)
Ladybug

Typical set: 45 minutes