The Melody Unit

The Melody Unit

BandAlternativePop

Inventive male/female vocal harmonies are wrapped in a lush, fuzzy ambience, with layers of blissful guitars and keys.

Biography

In the spirit of bands like Stereolab and Yo La Tengo, this quintent has mastered the subtle art of crafting gentle, melodic pop tunes.

Each instrument has a purpose, a melody of its own that adds texture to a song. The band is aptly named.

From their beginnings amid the Seattle post-grunge scene, The Melody Unit was often regarded as an anomaly withintheir own city.

With the release of debut EP, Wax Cylinder in 1998, The Melody Unit drew a loyal following attracted to their unique blend of sometimes
angelic, sometimes psychedelic sounds. Original members Kelly, Salvadalena, and Kappert were joined by Lynch on 1999’s full-length Odds Against Tomorrow. While virtual tourists in their own home,
Choose Your Own Adventure (2001) recieved glowing national reviews and a successful Japanese release. Although rumors spoke of a breakup, The Melody Unit spent a couple of years writing, rehearsing and recording material for their new album while adding new vocalist, Emma
Valentiner.

Songs for the New American Century marks a slight departure to those already familiar with The
Melody Unit’s sound. While the boy/girl harmonies and unique song structures remain, there’s a little less glaze and a little less haze and a sharper focus in their approach. It is surely their
finest work to date.

Lyrics

Memento Mori

Written By: Kevin Kelly

I've never seen you but thanks for the memory that led to bring you to find me, today, rotting in the sun. I can't wait for long. Don't delay don't hold the phone. And give the coroner's office a call. Another brick in the wall for the mourning (with a U). Another eulogy given today but the words won't come. As the days grow long my remains are nearly gone. It's like I never existed at all.

I'm in a better place my time is done. There's no amazing grace to overcome. They told us when we were young - you can't live forever. I'm in a better place my time is done. There's no amazing grace, no kingdom come. They told us when we were young - you can't live forever.

I don't remember the name or the number, and I can barely remember the face, but the knife was long. As the days grow long, my remains are nearly gone. It's like I never existed at all. (All in all, I never was worried.)

It's really all about love to give to others.

The Plea Before the Scream

Written By: Kevin Kelly

Governor, you can't avoid the call. I look in a blurry crystal ball. All the same corrupt and dirty politics remain, and you know it. Here we are, our back against the wall. I'm sorry but Rome has yet to fall. All we know is that oily awful Texan's got to go, can you show it?

You look the part, but your heart can't deny anymore, it won't bleed bad enough to know it. Please don't blow it!

Carry on. Not all the hope is gone. Fight back 'cause the worst is yet to come. End the reign and put the oily Texan on a train back to Crawford.

You can't deny your heart.

Daylight Saving Time

Written By: Kevin Kelly

Spring will come before you look around. One in the morning it came with no warning on my clock. All alone and so I lost an hour. Whatever reason the change in the season blows my mind. Late to rise. Toss and turn and sleep without a sound. Now and forever the change in the weather brings me down. We can draw imaginary lines. Benjamin Franklin I guess we should thank him. Never mind, late to rise. Hide behind the sun.

Now the earth goes round and round again. (Never on Sunday morning.) Turn the clocks an hour ahead. (Never on Sunday morning.) I won't wake up without a friend. (Never on Sunday morning.)

Spring has come the earth has turned around. One in the morning it came without warning on my clock. All alone and so I lost an hour. Whatever reason the change in the season blows my mind. Late to rise. Ride into the sun.

I want the new love. I'm looking to find the real love. Let me remind you, there's someone else right behind you. Once place you'll find me in summer to undermine me. One thing I'm sure of - I'm looking to find one real love.

Discography

Wax Cylinder (ep) - 1998
Odds Against Tomorrow - 1999
Kona Song (single) - 2000
Choose Your Own Adventure - 2001
Choose Your Own Adventure (Japanese release) - 2001
Songs for the New American Century - 2005

Set List

Length: approx. 45 minutes.
Songs: Soviet Disco, Clergy on Fire, Western Green, Miracle in G, Memento Mori, Jill Pole, Suite for Caesar, Kona Song. (this isn't a solid list, we change it often)