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Official Newsletter March/April 2013

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What the critics are saying about MANIA!
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“The college application essay news Melismatics are just so palatable that even the most sour critic will have a tough time not becoming enamored with their irresistible brand of indie pop.” -The Big Takeover (New York)

“I join an army of music critics across the nation waking up to the band’s charisma.”-Telegraph Herald

“Four stars.  Seek this band out.  Trust me.” -The Daily News (Pittsburgh/Philadelphia)

“How good are they? The Melismatics have created the soundtrack for spring”
-Pioneer Press (St Paul, MN)

“They might be the one to bring new wave back to the top of the charts” -Illinois Entertainer

“All pop music should be this good”-Indy Rock Live

“Listening to their new album, MANIA!, can be compared to taking part in a spelunking adventure where on the surface the song may seem ordinary, but it contains so many layers  – gems hidden amongst other gems.” -Gimme Noise/City Pages (Twin Cities, MN)

“Mania! is the album that will bring them into the light; saving them from an existence of cult love and fringe fandom.”-Popshifter

“It’s time for audiences to catch up on this talented band”-Monday Music Mix Review

“Manic? Sure. Enjoyable? Why, yes!”

–The Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA)

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SXSW, New Album/Video, and More!
Hello, there ladies and gentlemen.  It’s March (that is, if you are reading this in realtime), and that means two things for The Melismatics.  Firstly, we are in full force finishing our forthcoming record which is slated for a May 2013 world-wide release on Pravda Records.  Secondly, we are headed for the “biggest excuse for bands from around the world to partake in the most massive party known to mankind”….SXSW in Austin, TX!  We’ve got two shows at the festival, so if you are attending we hope to see you there…  Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00PM we are playing a free show at Shangri-La (Outdoor Stage) Kanrocksas SXSW PartyOur official SXSW showcase is Midnight Friday, March 15th at TenOak.  We are playing right before fellow Minneapolis musician Gary Louris of The Jayhawks.  Also on the bill are Lisa Germano, Kevin Bowe, and Freedy Johnston.

Much is in the works for our upcoming album (title still TBA…hey, we like to keep ourselves in suspense).  We are shooting a video for the first single, “Halo.”  Chris Athens (The Beastie Boys, Coldplay) college application essay lesson has signed on to master the record.  We’ve had the pleasure of working once again with Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star) in the production chair and John Fields (Jimmy Eat World) is mixing.

(on set of the “Halo” video shoot)

In other Matics’ news, the punk-rock-trio of teenage brothers Radkey is releasing a vinyl single of the track “Spirals” that Ryan Smith produced with the band on Replay Records.  Coming soon!

The Melismatics On Tour
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Artwork by Tanner Groehler
03/11/13 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
03/12/13 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
03/13/13 Austin, TX Shangri-la Midcoast Takeover 6:00PM
03/15/13 Austin, TX TenOak (Official SXSW Showcase) Midnight w/Gary Louris
04/05/13 Dubuque, IA The Lift
04/06/13 Waterloo, IA Spicoli’s
04/12/13 Newport, KY Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary) w/500 Miles To Memphis
04/20/13 Private Event
05/24/13 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn
05/25/13 Cincinnati, OH MOTR
08/29/13 Rochester, MN On First & Third Street Market and Music Festival
Thanks for tuning in to our frequency once again, everyone.  We hope to see you all soon and in this (and/or any) dimension.

Ryan, Pony, Mark, Ron
The Melismatics

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