Melville: Portland band Melville’s initial offering, the EP entitled Maquette, was exactly what the title’s definition would lead you to believe: a small, preliminary model. However, when the churning opening riff of their debut full-length album, The New Zero, explodes to life, it’s clear that this prior model has been blown up in order to make room for what’s to come.
The concept behind The New Zero represents a starting point – the culmination of past events into the beginning of something new. Melville’s first full-length record comes after the band spent time honing their sound from lower-fi alt-country to the current template of visceral, shoot for the stars, high-energy rock ‘n roll. The results do not disappoint. The songwriting is markedly tighter and more focused on this album. When combined with lead singer/songwriter Ryan T. Jacobs’ fiery vocals, the album’s abundance of hooks and singable choruses proves nearly irresistible.
Having spent seven years living in Europe, Jacobs speaks four languages, and channels his world travel experiences into his songwriting. Jacobs’ lyrics and dynamic vocals are enhanced by the impressive technical skill of his fellow bandmates: bassist Ryan Aughenbaugh; guitarist Dan Bacon; and drummer Juan Felipe. This versatile troupe of musicians brings a certain swagger to the Melville sound and a new fire to the stage.
Either a result of, or a reason for Melville’s longevity, the band’s sound is neither restrictive to nor a derivative of the current era. The music has been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Snow Patrol, and REM. Above all, Melville’s invigorating brand of emotive rock ‘n roll believes in transcendence through music and aims to move its audience to believe the same.
Recorded with Gregg Williams (The Dandy Warhols, Sheryl Crow, Blitzen Trapper) and mastered by Paul Gold (The War on Drugs, Grizzly Bear), The New Zero was meticulously crafted over the course of two years. As the band has evolved, Melville has seen their song “Heart” debuted at a sold-out Portland Trailblazers game; they played the Portland Party at SXSW; and they shared the stage with the likes of Collective Soul, 3 Doors Down, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Wilco side-project The Autumn Defense, Minor Alps, and Murder By Death. The August 18th debut of The New Zero and the ensuing album-release tour will simultaneously mark the closing and opening of chapters old and new. With a live show full of energy and packed full of their exhilarating songs, you won’t want to miss being a part of what’s coming next.
Ultimately, our worlds can change in an instant. What Melville wants to convey with this record is that in the moment after those changes, we have The New Zero: a chance to shape what comes next. We can no longer influence the past, but the present is ours to be molded and defined. The aftermath of what comes our way is malleable and there is always The New Zero.
Fortune’s Folly: Fortune’s Folly is an energetic and dynamic four-piece alternative rock band hailing from Eugene, Oregon. Our mission is to create a passionate, accepting, and engaged community through music and performance. Fortune’s Folly owes its success to the incredible support received from fans turned friends.
Our desire is to return that love and enthusiasm through music and create an atmosphere in which people can escape their differences and share their love for art and each other. The FollyFam, our ever-growing network of fans, includes people from all walks of life. Help us expand the community and create something much greater than ourselves.
In a world that needs it more each day, let’s provide an avenue for people to accept and appreciate each other through a shared love of music.
The Loved: Portland, Oregon-based trio the Loved believe in the simple power of three chords and the truth.
Lael Alderman’s assured vocals are undergirded by muscular yet sparse arrangements. The band alternates between melodic singer/songwriter moments and propulsive rock. Daven Hall’s incisive bass lines and the tight rhythmic wizardry of Jake Endicott on drums evoke influences as diverse as Elvis Costello, Guided by Voices, The Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams and The Smiths.
Their debut album, set to be released in a series of singles over the first half of 2017 and compiled into a full album release for the fall of 2017, is certain to win over a bevy of new listeners.
Recorded live over two days at a pop-up studio in Portland’s warehouse district, the new album includes such tunes as the arena-style singalong “Back to Me”, the retro-romantic swagger of “Blue” and the exuberant “Why Would You Know.”
The collection of songs is a self-described “step-up” from a previous 5-song EP released in the summer of 2016 and holds true to the band’s belief that every song needs a memorable melody and a rhythm that should move you.