The Melismatics

The Melismatics

The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album "Postmodern Rock" quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Sountrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums "New Infection" and "Turn It On". The Melismatics toured the country numerous times over and continued to win loyal fans with their high-energy and unpredictable live shows. Their music has been featured on MTV's "The Hills," "The City"and "Laguna Beach," NBC's "Windfall"; Animal Planet's "Jockeys" and they've played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ. The Melismatics released "The Acid Test" on CC Entertainment/E1 Music (2008). Renowned producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Rooney, Cut/Copy, Har Mar Superstar, etc) caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce the album. The music video for "Digging Deep" charted at #4 on MTVU and received widespread airplay.

The Melismatics' upcoming album "MANIA!" on Pravda Records was produced by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star and the band's now long-time comrade Ed Ackerson; the record was mixed by John Fields. The LP was mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC by Chris Athens (Coldplay, Beastie Boys, NERD, etc) and features collaborations with Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) and Jon Auer who also lends vocals to several tracks.

The Melismatics have found a sound all their own that is familiar yet unique, euphoric and adventurous. The Melismatics' sound is constantly evolving and developing -- as The Onion put it, "no one ever accused The Melismatics of being predictable."

Johnny Bangs

Johnny Bangs is a singer/songwriter from Kansas City. Johnny started writing ballads from the age of 10 when he was handed his first guitar. In the late 1990's he led a pop/punk trio called Sniffing the Heather who recorded a full-length album in San Diego with an Independent Producer, Scott Bishop. In the early 2000's Johnny fronted Lucky Joan and Shark Week before making an adventure to Los Angeles to take a chance on the wind. In L.A. Johnny struggled to keep balance the musician's life with real life. Johnny shared brief (and little known) stardom on an MTV music/reality show called SCORE.

After making a move to Kansas City Johnny teamed up with Shade Records for his first commercial studio release. In true Shade Records fashion, Johnny backs his studio tracks with regional shows and grows his fan-base by word of mouth and social media.

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The Melismatics with Johnny Bangs

Thursday, July 18 · 10:00 PM at Czar Bar