Minneapolis rock band The Melismatics are set to release their latest album, "MANIA!" on January 10th through Chicago's Pravda Records. They'll start a national tour on January 12th at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln before heading to the West coast. "MANIA!" was produced by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star, along with Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, Golden Smog, The Replacements) and was mixed by John Fields. The LP features collaborations with Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) and Jon Auer who lends vocals to several tracks.
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album "Postmodern Rock" quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums "New Infection" and "Turn It On".
The Melismatics toured the country numerous times over and continued to win loyal fans with their high-energy and unpredictable live shows. Their music has been featured on MTV's "The Hills," "The City"and "Laguna Beach," NBC's "Windfall", Animal Planet's "Jockeys" and they've played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ.
The Melismatics released "The Acid Test" on CC Entertainment/E1 Music (2008). Renowned producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Rooney, Har Mar Superstar, etc) caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce the album. The music video for "Digging Deep" charted at #4 on MTVU and received widespread airplay. Indianapolis' Nuvo Weekly described them thusly, "Whether it's Ryan's high energy guitar playing paired with his raw, yet trained, voice, Mark's innovative and effects-laden bass with equally impressive backing vocals, Ron's powerful and unique drumming, to the sultry and mesmerizing Pony who shifts between playing guitar, piano, and vocals as if it were breathing."
The Melismatics have found a sound all their own that is familiar yet unique, euphoric and adventurous. The Melismatics' sound is constantly evolving and developing– as The Onion put it, "no one ever accused The Melismatics of being predictable."
THE MELISMATICS ON TOUR
January 12 Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE
January 13 Triple Nickel Tavern, Colorado Springs, CO
January 14 Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
January 15 Senate Bar, Pueblo, CO
January 16 Piper Down Pub, Salt Lake City, UT
January 18 Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
JANUARY 19 Silverlake Lounge. Los Angeles, CA
JANUARY 20 Hotel Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge, Flagstaff, AZ
JANUARY 21 Hotel Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge, Flagstaff, AZ
JANUARY 22 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
JANUARY 23 The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
JANUARY 24 Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
FEBRUARY 3 R, Dubuque, IA
FEBRUARY 4 Upfront & Co, Marquette, MI
FEBRUARY 16 Otto's, Dekalb, IL
FEBRUARY 17 Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
FEBRUARY 18 Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
MARCH 14 Barley House, Dallas, TX
MARCH 18 The Grotto, Ft Worth, TX
MARCH 20 The 806, Amarillo, TX
MARCH 22 The Lost Leaf, Phoenix, AZ
MARCH 30 Malarkey's Pub, Wausau, WI
MARCH 31 The Crunchy Frog, Green Bay, WI
APRIL 13 Upfront & Co, Marquette, MI