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MELODIME / Press

“Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide is one of the catchiest and most meaningful albums I've heard this year. Every song is absolutely amazing. They are taking a very unique approach with this album. The band is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this record to benefit children in their own community and around the world that have a desire to play an instrument but are not afforded the opportunity to chase that dream. I can’t get the catchy melodies of many of these songs out of my head, which is perfectly produced by Rick Beato (NEEDTOBREATHE, Shinedown, Decyfer Down). Just like those excellent alt-rock bands, this album includes a solid mix of southern rock tinged music with inspirational lyrics.”

“The boys, all in their early twenties, churn out a big fat 3 dimensional sound, both modern and yet nostalgic just begging to scale the pop charts, where they well and truly belong.”

“This really should begin with “Once upon a time,” but the following is a truthful tale. One day, a poor family with five brothers heard a knock on their door. On the porch were five musical instruments, which were left there by anonymous donors. Each brother chose an instrument, learned how to play it and, over time, became good enough to play around town and earn money for the household. Only within the past year did siblings Sammy and Tyler Duis of the Virginia band Melodime hear that story involving their great-grandfather and how he acquired his violin. “My dad casually mentioned it,” bassist Sammy Duis says, “and it sounded like a cool story, so we wrote a song about it.” That song — the appropriately titled “Brothers” — served as the inspiration for the content of Melodime’s latest album, Where the Sinners & Saints Collide, as well as the band’s nonprofit organization, Now I Play Along Too.”

“Not beholden (at least, not yet) to formula-addicted production houses or enslaved to the 3-minute radio-friendly menu, MELODIME uses their music to say what they want to say, to tell their stories the way they want to tell them. And often the most relevant songs are about the life of making music, being on the road, and dealing with both broken hearts and the dichotomy of their image and their reality. "Paper Wings" expresses it best to the "naive audience" when it asks "If I'm a rock star, where's the cocaine? / Where's the Grammys and the fake name?" One thing you never question about a MELODIME song is whether they put their all into it. Each one is not just musically addictive, but is fit to bursting with the emotion and energy the artists have infused into it; it's not commercial, it's better: it's art. ”

“MELODIME is at that potentially tragic point in their story: at the height of their sound, remaining true to their art, and on the precipice of being snapped up by a conglomerate that will produce them right into two-dimensional homogenization. Their music runs the high gamut from high energy Hootie and the Blowfish ("Hollywood," "Sally Stein") to meditative and medicative Kurt Cobain ("Country Singer," "The Letter"). Often the verses have the machine-gun patter of street poetry, and occasionally ("Country Singer," "Paper Wings") you might wonder when Todd Agnew joined the group. All of which is quite a range for this alternative-country-rock-justdamncool band who are obviously on top of their game both lyrically and technically.”

“The bigger dream requires bigger guns,” sings Brad Rhodes on the final track of MELODIME's superb new album, “3 Reasons for Fighting.” The song, “Reasons,” seals a collection of music that brilliantly distills the band’s influences (which include folk, country, and blues) into a sound that maintains the essence of those styles but with a unique MELODIME signature. Rhodes, keyboardist Sam Duis, and drummer Tyler Duis, deliver thirteen songs as inspring appeals to fight for what matters in life, whether that be a bigger dream, love, or simply a need to be heard. Rhodes baritone and insightful lyrics are wrapped throughout in a large but clean sound that soars with rich piano melodies and stirring rhythms, accented with mandolin, strings and acoustic guitar. Moving, majestic and instantly captivating, the album is a treasure from start to finish, and MELODIME is a band that shouldn’t have to fight to be heard.”

Dallas Hudgens - the acclaimed author of "Drive Like Hell" and "Season of Gene" - Dallas Hudgens

“The State Theatre is in for a party with MELODIME’s album release show of “3 Reasons For Fighting” on June 3rd! “Paper Wings” expresses courage with “You see me standing tall but you never seen me fall” making the next track “The Chase” fitting to get up and dance to. Tyler brings the energy on the drums while giving the lyrics “The higher the hill the bigger the thrill” a deeper meaning and reminder to live life with no regrets. When you get to “Country Singer” you will think you are being romanced by Bradley’s soft confession of love while chanting “I am choking but you’re my breath tonight.” You can’t help but rock side to side in “Hollywood” as Sammy and Bradley sing along, narrating an actor’s life of fame going downhill once the well-defined movie script is taken away. Come out to The State Theatre on June 3rd to be entertained by a trio that will give you something to dance to all summer!”

Aisha Hussain - Local Music Director of WGMU Radio

“MELODIME is often referred to as a Southern Rock band – they even describe themselves that way on Facebook. But while the guys are technically Southern, having grown up in Virginia, this well-crafted music doesn’t have the swagger or reckless musical abandon of contemporary Southern Rockers like Drive By Truckers or Blackberry Smoke. Instead, the talented trio cranks out earnest, anthemic tunes that will remind listeners of their self-professed heroes, Dave Matthews and the Goo Goo Dolls. Bradley Rhodes’ baritone is strong and sincere, as is his songwriting. Perhaps most impressive about this hard-working and ambitious band is their cohesive musical ability. Three guys play richly textured music, weaving guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards and organs into a symmetrical and ear-pleasing sound. Their new record, “3 Reasons For Fighting,” would sound right at home on contemporary adult radio.”

“Not that critical praise, respectable record sales and an expanding fan base would be enough to lure Melodime from home. After all, the group's debut album, "Memories in the Form of Sound," features a song called "NoVa Love" and another with lyrics extolling the musical inspiration the band members get from making "sweet Virginia" their base. But when a band this good starts attracting attention, it doesn't pay for those who want to say, "I saw them way back when," to procrastinate.”

“Ambitious folk-tinged rock from D.C. Rootsy, with a lot of interesting layers. This first full-length effort is impressive, with harmonies and harmonicas keeping a listener on his toes. Some tracks remind one of Blues Traveler, but this quartet is their own beast, and when all cylinders fire, it’s a fine result. A nice change of pace from typical recycled shoe-gazing tripe out there.”

“Seeing Melodime, a local alternative rock band, gave me the feeling of being in a smoky bar in the south, like the kind from The Blues Brothers movies.”

Amanda - BROADSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

"Memories in the Form of Sound" often expands on its gentler passages, from the hard rock of "The Orphan Song" to the gospel of "When I'm 63." The latter is more characteristic of the band, which draws heavily from traditional African American styles. "I don't classify as a Southerner," cautions Rhodes in "Orange People," and the group offers two versions of "NoVa Love," a song that puts its origins right in the title. Still, Southern-rooted styles are integral to Melodime, which owes something to Charlottesville's Dave Matthews Band and more to Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans. With their New Agey lyrics and intricate production, tunes such as "Twisted Fairytale" are up-to-date. But there's a lot of musical history in them, too.

“Last night I went to Jammin’ Java in Vienna with Snot Season for a project she had to do for her History of Rock and Roll class. Jammin’ Java, we decided, is the ideal hang-out for the poser suburban hipster and I’m at least two of those things. Playing last night were Green River Ordinance from Texas and Melodime from right here in Virginia. Both were pretty good. Snot and I agreed that G.R.O. had a very Fray-like tone to them. They exemplified that “nice guy rock” that had several girls whoo-ing in the audience. For the $10 cover charge, I was content with just listening to them, but then Melodime got on stage and quickly made clear who the main act was. Their drummer, for one, was really good, in my opinion and their attitude was fun, witty, and lively. The music defied labeling…it’s definitely country/bluegrass influenced, but it has some indie rock elements in it. We had to leave before they were done, but they were serious business…I really liked them.”