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Romance for Ransom plays breakup songs with rare rock power, fueled by a pop sensibility. Making the transition from solo folk-pop singer-songwriter to rock band frontwoman, Melissa Dylan leads this emerging West Michigan band that’s set to unleash its five-song debut EP, “Five Ways to Keep a Secret” in mid-February.
The alt-rock/pop punk band’s genesis has roots in a side project started in late 2009 by Dylan and bassist Mickers McNally, who had been performing in rock’s Walking Ionia with guitarist Josh Stover and drummer Aaron Flint. Eventually, Romance for Ransom became their full-time obsession.
After countless shows and auditions, lead guitarist Ben Soper emerged from "nowhere" and “melted the faces and hearts” of other band members.
The band’s moniker, Romance for Ransom, was coined between McNally and Dylan as a means to "simplify the nature of every breakup song I've ever written. It makes sense that I've kept people at arms-length, because I'm always in search of the better option. So I tend to hold both hearts in a purgatory stasis until either love breaks through or the damage is done." (Dylan)
Working hard to be heard and using funds earned through their mutual efforts, they tackled their debut EP, which was recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Mike Cervantes at The Foxboro in Grand Rapids, MI. Cervantes offered one of the songs to Cornerstone University's film program, which produced a music video for the tune as part of their final project. The result is amazing, and the band is forever grateful for the opportunity to work with such talent.
Romance For Ransom will officially release “Five Ways” on Feb. 15, 2013, eager to share the band’s project with the world while taking bookings for shows (full band and acoustic) all over the Midwest.