Melophobia are another Dundee band who are fairly new to the world and to me. I caught them live a few months ago and was pretty taken with them (writes Andy Wood).
Just a trio, they pack a mean, noisy heft with their dense, atmospheric sound. It shifts from a melodic, intense beauty to a punishing noise within the same song. They bring to mind quite a few precedents and describe their music as ‘garage rock fused with psychedelic and surf rock tones’ which gives something of a hint to their sound but, as with all these descriptions only hints at things.
They have released a solitary E.P. ‘Paralyse’ earlier this year and it’s well worth listening to. The three songs have a claustrophobic atmosphere, clawing at your psyche in a way that suggests all is not rosy in the world of Melophobia.
The title track is probably the catchiest of the three songs, as it should be but ‘Wickerman’ is the most creepily, intense song with its extended, feedback-laden instrumental ending which reminds me of the far-less FM radio friendly moments of Mudhoney or TAD. ‘Barbercide’ batters through your skull with a brutal rhythm section and an anguished lyric that appears to be a modern day version of the tale of Sweeney Todd. Or perhaps just an ode to a bad haircut. I’m not quite sure but, as with the rest of this E.P. it’s pretty damn fine. Live. it’s even more brutal and beautiful, intimidating even.
Could you please introduce yourselves and tell us a how you came to be in a band?
I’m Daniel and I play guitar/vocals, Jace is on the bass and Simon plays drums. We became a band from Jamming to Rick Astley in my loft.
Why did you choose the name Melophobia? What inspired it?
I was eating a tin of alphabet soup one time, I looked away and the letters spelled out “Melophobia” when I looked back. Weird.
What are your influences, musical or otherwise?
Living in Scotland definitely has an influence on me just because of the culture and because of there being so many brilliant Scottish bands. Musically I’m influenced by bands like Nirvana, the Wytches and the Black Keys. Jace loves the Orwells and the Stone Roses and Simon’s main influences are probably Metallica and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
How would you describe your music to someone who has yet to hear it?
All killer, no filler.
What motivates you all to be in a band? Isn’t it just lots of grief and hard work for little reward?
Being in a band lets me personally express myself creatively and that’s the only real motivation I need to be in a band. The biggest reward is when you finish a song you’ve been working on and it sounds great, being able to play them to other people is just a bonus.
To date, what has been the best moment about being in Melophobia?
Playing as part of the Hit the Road tour was probably the most exciting thing about being in Melophobia so far, our first jam was also great because we gelled together straight away.
And the worst / most awkward?
Turning up to a gig and playing with a few black metal bands who wondered why we were even on the bill.
If you could organise and play your ideal gig who would play and where would it be held? (Time, finance and mortality need be no barriers).
Probably playing on the same bill as the Stooges or Nirvana at a Basement show.
You have released one E.P. to date. Can you tell us a little bit about it. Do you have any plans for new releases in the coming months?
I recorded the EP with a good friend of mine and the old drummer. We essentially just took our best songs at the time into the studio with us, but they are more like demos now as we’ve made changes to all 3 songs and have made them sound a lot bigger than previously. We plan to have a single out by the end of the year.
What would you like to achieve as a band?
Ideally we’d love to be able to make a living playing in a band but we’d be happy if we didn’t have to put any of our own money into the band and everything we made from playing/sales could just go back into paying for recording/touring etc.
What are your plans for the coming months?
In the studio mainly, we’ll have big things to announce gig-wise for about February/March time.
You can check out the ‘Paralyse’ E.P. here – https://melophobia2.bandcamp.com/album/paralyse-ep
Melophobia play the Cool Cat Club at Beat Generator Live supporting Vladimir on Saturday 7th November. More info.