In recent years, bands such as The Struts, Greta Van Fleet, Gary Clark Jr, Alabama Shakes, and many other artists who possess a classic rock sound, have given a revival to the rock genre. This resurgence of rock music has provided a platform for artists to write, produce, and perform music that lets us know rock music is still alive and well. The band Melted Vinyl does just that with their recently released EP, Lights We Chase.
Melted Vinyl is a group based out of Los Angeles and has sold out shows at multiple venues including The Roxy, The Troubadour, The Whiskey, and The Canyon Club. They have also provided support for Jefferson Starship, Slash, and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. The songs “Dog Fight” and “Look to the Sky” off their 2016 self-titled EP were featured in Sony Pictures film, Accident Man.
Six-time Grammy-nominated producer Joel Hamilton (The Black Keys, Highly Suspect, Nora Jones) recorded their latest EP. The album has everything you would want to hear from a rock band; distortion, guitar solos, meaningful lyrics, and a tasteful amount of wailing. The album has classic rock, blues, and grunge qualities; however, the band manages to maintain their own original flavor. The album opens with “Beyond”, a melodic track with a power-ballad vibe and a smooth guitar riff. The band also released a music video directed by Steven Conteras for the song.
Another track worth noting is “Synthetic Love.” The groovy bassline drives this song, which you do not hear often enough, but when done well can make for a killer tune. Rock music is a lot of time synonymous with loud, up-tempo, and in your face, but sometimes less is more. This song has a bluesy feel and brings you back to the roots of rock.
Every rock album needs a song you can bang your head to. “Dionysus” is that song. Presumably named after the ancient Greek god of winemaking, “Zeus is laughing ‘cause I can’t hold down my wine,” this is one you cannot help but bounce in accordance with (it also features the wails aforementioned.) It feels good to see a generation of artists contributing to keep rock music alive. Melted Vinyl is youthful (band members were born in this millennia) so seeing how the band develops creatively over time is something to look forward to.