The Young Romans

The Young Romans

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

The Young Romans are Brad Hooks and Sari Mellafe, a piano and guitar focused duo. Their sound is organic and simple, yet ethereal, and epic; a haunting blend of vocals over a bed of infectious rhythms, driving piano, and soaring guitar.

Biography

A Hotel Cafe band in residence, The Young Romans are an LA-based duo consisting of singer/piano-player Brad Hooks, and Chilean-born singer/guitar player Sari Mellafe. Although they each come from opposite ends of the musical spectrum - Brad with a penchant for perfectly constructed pop songs, and Sari for haunting and ethereal sounds - their songwriting styles meet in the middle to create a unique and beautiful balance.

Their piano/guitar driven music has earned them some impressive accolades for a new band. In March of 2012 they released their first full length record “Tiger Child” on Red Parade Music with their single “Tiger Child” being chosen by iTunes as their free “Indie Spotlight” single of the week which garnered over 100K downloads and droves of new followers. Their song “Where You Go” is the end-credit track in the Golden Globe nominated film “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and their music has been featured in multiple network and cable series.

iTunes Review:
After partnering with Chilean-born guitarist Sari Mellafe, Brad Hooks found himself in a combo with undeniable chemistry – especially with those interlocking vocal harmonies. They were quickly courted by producer Jim Roach, who signed them to his label Red Parade Music Group shortly before their amorous, Peter Gabriel-influence ballad “Where You Go” was prominently featured on the soundtrack to the 2011 film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. “New Beginning” opens their 2012 debut album, Tiger Child, with all the soaring romanticism and infectious melodies of a Coldplay hit, albeit with a more organic approach and winsome male/female harmonies. Hooks’ classically trained piano skills are highlighted in “Nothing Good About Goodbyes,” an intense love song that recalls the palpable tension between Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in the 2006 film Once. The album’s title track is a hushed folk tune where Hooks nearly whisper-sings the most intimate inflections over Mellafe’s harmonies and nimble fingerpicking of her acoustic guitar.