If you like your music loud, fast, abrupt and to the point then in you’re in for a treat with the highly entertaining Long Beach band Melted. The California chaps offer up plenty of thrills and spills in their raucous punk rock sound.
The band sent us their latest single Bigger Maggots, which was released at the end of last month and is the first new music since last year’s debut album Thin Skin.
Bigger Maggots lures you in straight from the off, with a lively opening of big guitar chords, rolling drums and smashing cymbals. It drops into a verse of edgy vocals “Bigger maggots, Settled in behind my eyes, Belly full of my insides.” That feeds into a big energetic chorus with backing vocals under frontman Justin’s intense vocals, which drops into a big smash of guitars and bursts of higher-pitched guitars.
The lively punky goodness continues until the second verse dropping into a calmer section of drawn-out vocals and repeats of “Hold out” that burst into big rocky guitars and another blast of the chorus. Check it out below:
The track epitomises the band’s boisterous punky sound, of which one of my personal favourites is last year’s penultimate track Something Left To Loser. A cool verse of fast vocals with low guitar and repeating bass opens up, and gradually builds up to a catchy chorus “I know I’m nothing but a useless loser, Why doesn’t anything work out for me.”
A fast-paced little solo follows the second chorus, and feeds into Justin’s lone, slower chorus vocals, which continue into heavier, faster repeats. Check it out below:
We chatted to drummer Sam Mankinen to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Melted?
SM:” We’re a band based out of Long Beach. Melted started at the end of 2013 with Justin and a couple of other guys after going to some local shows. At the end of 2015/early 2016, the lineup changed and became what it is today.”
GR: You just released Bigger Maggots. What should people be expecting from the song?
SM: “It’s loud and fast and all good stuff. Bigger Maggots is inspired by The Matches’ Little Maggots. The song is about staying positive and trying to reach your goals before you deteriorate.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SM: “We’re pretty loud, fast and to the point. We don’t like to drag things out for too long.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
SM: “Personal experience is a key factor when it comes to writing. I know Justin writes a lot about how he feels in a particular moment, and then we try and emulate that with aggressive and shreddy licks.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
SM: “Loaded question. Mostly Bjork.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
SM: “We’re hitting the studio in a couple of weeks to do our new record with the legendary Paul Miner. He’s super rad and we’re so stoked to work with him! We also have a couple local gigs line up towards the end of next month/mid October.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
SM: “I feel it’s pretty straight forward. We just want to rock n roll forever and put out badass tunes.”