Brad- Vocals/Guitar Sam- Piano/Organ/BGVs Tyler- Drums/Perc. MELODIME (mel·o·dime - [mel-uh-dahym] - /’mɛlədaɪm/) is an award winning band from Northern VA. The band began entertaining crowds large and small in the fall of 2005. Since, they have gained attention, winning Washington DC’s acclaimed battle of the bands and having their hit Sweet Contentment played on two episodes of Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. MELODIME, a band of brothers from a farm outside Washington D.C., were taught...
MELODIME (mel·o·dime - [mel-uh-dahym] - /’mɛlədaɪm/) is an award winning band from Northern VA. The band began entertaining crowds large and small in the fall of 2005. Since, they have gained attention, winning Washington DC’s acclaimed battle of the bands and having their hit Sweet Contentment played on two episodes of Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance.
MELODIME, a band of brothers from a farm outside Washington D.C., were taught at a young age not to despise small beginnings. From a humble upbringing to lowly tavern shows they’ve fought an uphill battle to become one of the premier bands in the metropolitan area. Their cross-genre sound, a great catalogue of songs and a dynamic live show have garnered them the attention of the industry and music fans of all ages.
Before playing under the glamorous lights of respectable clubs like The 9:30 Club (DC) or The Bitter End (NYC), MELODIME (Bradley, Sam, and Tyler) sharpened their skills in one of the least glamorous places imaginable: the hayloft of the family barn. In the sweltering heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter, the boys emulated the sounds of Tom Petty, Dave Matthews Band, and The Goo Goo Dolls for none other than a heard of horses in the surrounding fields. From there, they transitioned into playing in church bands which keyboardist Sam Duis said, “…was a great experience. You’re constantly playing with a different group of people and songs, which requires you to be flexible and learn fast. Also, to read and play according to the atmosphere of the room and then see the effect your musical gifts can have on people is an incredible thing.” Those influences, both musical and non, are a huge contributor to MELODIME’s songs, image and work ethic today.
Having backgrounds in a wide variety of music, MELODIME has landed on a clean, polished sound they’ve termed “Southern Fusion”: rootsy, colorful and pleasing to those who hold an appreciation for the past, while simultaneously being catchy, contemporary and original. Their live performance is a point of strength as they achieve with 3 guys (without the aid of backing tracks) what many 4 and 5 piece bands struggle to. The sound is full, energetic and refined, commonly praised as being “better than the cd”.
Their debut album, “Memories in the Form of Sound”, received high praise from hometown fans with energetic, feel-good tunes like “Somebody” and won the hearts of their neighbors to the south with the ode to Tennessee, “Orange People”. The ballad, “Sweet Contentment”, was featured twice on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and caught the attention of critics and listeners worldwide. With producer Jim Ebert (Butch Walker, Meredith Brooks, Madonna) at the helm, MELODIME’s sophomore studio album highlights a tremendous maturity in the lives and songs of the band. “With ‘Memories’, we needed a CD to sell at our shows so we rushed to give them the songs we had at the time.” – Tyler Duis. “This time around we had plenty of original material to choose from, to write, to re-write... to round out a solid record that is truly us and that we’re incredibly proud of.” – Bradley Rhodes. The album is expected to release in the spring of 2011. In addition to the studio albums, MELODIME has an ongoing series of recordings titled “The B.Room Diaries” which has given life to fan favorite tunes such as “High & Low”, “Sailboats” and “Start the Day Early”. Compilation Vol. 1 is available on iTunes and limited edition CD while Vol. 2 is currently being released song by song through free digital downloads.
MELODIME has shared the stage with bands such as:
· Matt Nathanson
· The Alternate Routes
· The Dirty Guv'nahs
· Green River Ordinance
· Carbon Leaf
· The Ready Set
· Stephen Kellogg
· We Shot the Moon
On stages such as:
· The 9:30 Club (DC)
· Mercury Lounge (NYC)
· The Bitter End (NYC)
· Rockwood Music Hall (NYC)
· The State Theater (Falls Church, VA)
· IOTA Music Club (Arlington, VA)
· Kirk Avenue Music Hall (Roanoke, VA)
· Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA)
· Double Door Inn (Charlotte, NC)
· The Basement (Nashville, TN) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.