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The Mellors
The Mellors
Loveless records
www.lovelessrecords.com


Emerging from the rubble of two of Seattle, Washington's most celebrated bands, Tuffy and Floyds Ranch, surface The Mellors. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Lane, the band is uncharacteristic from the majority of groups in the Emerald City as it embraces a Mid-Western sound that is organic with just a touch of Southern twanginess. Lane's musical background is vast and all encompassing as he has dabbled in everything from jazz to heavy-riff grunge. Like in Floyds Ranch, he now draws inspiration from legendary songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, and Gram Parsons.

Amongst reflective lyrics coupled with luxurious harmonies and straightforward melodies, The Mellors merge an Americana mix of blues, folk and country to paint tapestries with a tone that is familiar and timeless. With a comfortable cadence, the disc slips effortlessly into a countrified ode to a coastal Northwest town, "Port Angeles". Lane's cigarette smoky vocals melt naturally with the easy going mood of the music and give him validity to sing the streetwise tunes he pens. Self examination and uncertainty reveal themselves on the poignant "Bhy Kracke Park" with lingering background vocal provided by Roxanna Davila. There are no complexities or hidden agenda with this band, what you hear is who they are. The trio constructs unpretentious yet tight arrangements as bass player Pete Everett and drummer Brendan X Scanlan keep a solid and steady groove going, allowing Lane to bask in the spotlight. While the music is laid back, the band has no issue with placing the volume control on 11. Lane digs into his grungy vaults for some power chords and a snarling attitude for the cathartic "Sabrina". Variety would best describe the group's debut. Showing their willingness to look outside the box, they experiment with blues progressions on "Lotus Tree".

The Mellors are a refreshing, no frills unit whose roots go as far back as Vietnam-era-folk - without the political connotations. While the influences are apparent, by way of updating them, Jamie Lane and company come across as totally unique and exceedingly original.

-Tony Engelhart

Track Listing:

1. Port Angeles
2. Salmon Bay
3. Next After Irene
4. Grecian Formula
5. Sabrina
6. Route 44
7. Bhy Kracke Park
8. Lotus Tree
9. Bombsquad
10. Flatline
11. Less Than All
12. Lucky Strikes


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