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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

THE MELODIC - LA Residency, East Coast Dates

Young, English, afro-folk-pop alchemists The Melodic have announced a series of intimate showcase performances throughout Los Angeles this month in support of their debut Anti- EP entitled On My Way. The band will also be touring the East Coast with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in September.

Inspired by '60s folk, The Melodic also incorporates an assortment of influences from around the world. No Depression Magazine recently wrote of the band's sound, “Employing such worldly instruments as the charango, kora, and melodica, the band's sound is one filled with globe-bouncing catchiness, young spirited harmonies, and melodically whimsical rhythms.”

Listen to the title track of “On My Way” at: http://youtu.be/WtDHWGMTdpE

The members of The Melodic came of age in the South London neighborhood of Brixton amidst bustling streets and open air markets reverberating with a rich assortment of music from around the world. In the distinctly English tradition of sonic assimilation, they found influence in the sounds they were hearing. As band member Huw Williams explains, “Brixton is a real melting pot of different people so it doesn’t feel inappropriate for us to introduce sounds from around the world into our music, there was South American and African music around us all the time, as well as reggae and dub music.”

In the end, the band has created a dynamic new music which, at times recalls contemporary artists such as Belle & Sebastian, The Magnetic Fields and the Decemberists, exhibits a clear reverence for past masters Paul Simon and Bert Jansch and mixes in elements from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to create a sound entirely their own.

“With their bright melodies and bouncy, bare-boned instrumentation, The Melodic couldn't be more aptly named. Percussion shuffles along as the group's harmonies intertwine, coaleascing into a soft yet poignant timbre that evokes shimmering memories of careless days." - Paste Magazine

“Their set is an unexpected treat. The Melodic is folky with intricate, mystical sounding layers that build upon each other as the set progresses. It’s a wonderful and unique live experience.” – Jambands.com

Los Angeles Dates:
The Mint (residency) August 2
School Night, Bardots August 5
The Mint (residency) August 9
New LA Folk Festival August 10
The Echo - Supporting Kopecky Family Band August 14
The Mint (residency) August 16
Hotel Cafe August 22

East Coast Dates with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
9-5 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint
9-6 Providence, RI Fete
9-7 Hudson, NY Helsinki
9-8 Saratoga Springs, NY Café Lena
9-10 Itacha, NY The Haunt
9-11 Syracuse, NY Westcort Theare
9-12 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
9-13 New Haven, CT Café Nine
9-14 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
9-17 NYC, Mercury Lounge
9-18 Philly, World Café
9-19 Pittsburgh, PA Cluf Café