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."

"The women who make up this Minnesota quartet bow at the altar of riot grrls' days gone by while simultaneously thumbing their noses at scowling chick-rock clichés. The songs are as bracing as they are familiar…. For Fans of: The Breeders, Sleater-Kinney" – SPIN MAGAZINE

"It was an absolute treat touring with SOS this year. They are fun loving, open- hearted girls who play irresistible punk infused pop music with a passion that is truly contagious… The girls are hilarious and wild, and have a charisma and chemistry that I found to be utterly charming..... I think you will too!" -Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles)

"Sick of Sarah is the real deal. This is a true working band who sing write and play for real. They are also cute and funny. They are my friends and they rock." -Nancy Wilson (Heart)

The Hounds Below

The Michigan four-piece blends angular post-punk, rock and the balladeers of yesterday, mastering the art of mature indie- pop while still winking at youth's never-ending need to wave a flag of revolt. The result is a modern love letter to the masses that manages to paint a canvas of hope detailing wasted days and blurry nights.

Tony Ortiz

For over 20 years Tony Ortiz has been an active musician, songwriter, vocalist, and lead guitarist, leaving an incredible mark on the Bay Area music scene with his unique vocal style. A native of Redwood City, Tony has fronted some of the Bay Area's successful bands like Zero Hour, Madman's Lullaby, Crush, and most recently his solo project "Tony Ortiz" and now Mr. Scary. Now joined by veteran heavy hitter Scott Trambley and Mike McKaigg of Lonero , Tony will pay tribute to one of the greatest guitar players of our time.

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The Melismatics with Sick of Sarah, The Hounds Below, Tony Ortiz

Saturday, October 12 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Amsterdam Bar and Hall