Updated Mar 2004
Skegness blues rock band The Melt were formed in October 99. The band quickly built up a local following and following appearances at Skegness Rock & Blues Festivals in 2001 and 2002, branched out playing new venues such as the Running Horse in Nottingham. They have also played at the Maryport Festival in Cumbria, and at Boston's Party In The Park (in 2003).
Late 2003 saw the departure of drummer Gav with Wayne Proctor standing in whilst a new drummer was recruited. With his wedding later in the summer original singer and harmonica player Trev left the band early in 2004 and bass player Tom Latham followed, leaving just guitarist Ashley Wilson from the 2003 album line up as a current member of this exciting young band.
Whilst for many bands this would have sounded the death knell, The Melt were able to bring former members Greg Smith (bass) and Damien Towers (vocals / rhythm guitar) back into the fold. Greg just back from music college has added a new dimension to the band's musical arrangements, whilst Damien had continued with vocal training after leaving The Melt in 2002.
Ashley's younger brother Philip joined the band on drums. With some previous experience in another local band, Phil developed his skills further following some lessons with Wayne Proctor.
The new line up are currently reheasing material, including some new songs. Their 2004 sets will feature a number of songs from their highly rated debut album, new songs and reworkings of old favourites and new cover songs. The band already have festival appearances lined up at Boston's Party In The Park (Saturday) and Windfest (Butlins, Skegness ~ Friday Night Live).
Whilst the band will no longer feature harmonica, the band's sound will be enhanced by addition of rhythm guitar and 3 part harmonies.
The Melt will be gigging again in the summer months and will be looking to re-establish themselves on the national circuit later in the year, for the latest information about this exciting young band visit The Melt website.
Previous History of The Melt
Young bands rarely play the blues! Skegness based blues rock band The Melt who formed in October 99 have played at a number of venues across our region. This young band are dedicated to playing the music they love, inspired by old bluesmen such as Muddy Waters & BB King. The band can rock the blues, and they do it in style.
Vocalist Damien Towers left the band early in 2002, the band returning to a 4 piece, with Trev once again taking the majority of vocal work, though recently Ashley has taken lead vocals on some numbers.
The band features Trev on vocals, harmonica & slide guitar, the band perform classic blues covers, including songs by BB King, Muddy Waters & Canned Heat, as well as original numbers. Alongside Trev, on lead guitar is music student Ashley whose fine guitar work is notable, he is able to perform blues at the rock end of the blues spectrum, as well as jazzy style with deft touch, as in the instrumental 'Riviera'. The band's line up is completed by Gav on drums, and Tom Latham (ex Plastic Fuzz) on bass who replaced John Davey in summer 2002, combined they provide a tight rhythm section - listen out especially for this on the band's funky version of 'Stop Breaking Down' & original songs 'Whiskey Blues' and 'Green Eyed Blues'.
After a great gig at the Skegness Rock & Blues Festival in 2001 where the band opened the weekend's music to great acclaim, the band returned in 2002, following The Animals on stage on Sunday afternoon. Once again the band pulled out all the stops, their acclaimed set featured many of their original songs, some written just 2 weeks before the gig, as well as great versions of 'Stop Breaking Down' and 'All Along The Watchtower'.
The band continue to develop their original material, following the release of their debut album 'The Melt' recorded in a snowy week in Jan - Feb 2003 in Ascot. The album features all original songs apart from 'Stop Breaking Down'.
Later in 2003 they made their debut at Boston's Party In The Park, playing some new songs as well as material of their CD, and their fine reworking of The Who's 'Magic Bus' for an encore.
Their London debut came in Autumn 2003, when their 45 minute set supporting Leslie West's Mountain was so well received that they received an encore from Mountain fans waiting for their own 'heroes'. Their music received more airplay, including Jazz FM and radio in the North West.
For more information about this exciting young band visit The Melt website. The Melt seem destined to make a derserved impact on the national blues scene before too long!