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Hello, and welcome once again to the latest newsletter from your compadres The Melismatics.  We’ve missed ya!  There have been major twists and turns in the plot, and it’s time to get you up to speed…First of all, singer/guitarist of The Melismatics Ryan Smith is now playing lead guitar for Minneapolis legends Soul Asylum.  You can catch him on tour now, so check out dates below and don’t forget to say “hi.”  But there’s more…bassist Mark Wade will also be joining SA for shows in LA and Las Vegas.

In other news, a live Melismatics album is finally in the works…AND a brand-new album from Ryan and Pony that will feature guest appearances from musician friends we’ve made over the last 15 years of playing rock and roll.

In recent press, Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star had some kind words to say about The Melismatics in this Magnet article.  Ryan also did a interview with Reverend Guitars, and you can check it out here!

tour dates
Catch Ryan of The Melismatics on tour now playing lead guitar in Soul Asylum!  Mark Wade of The Melismatics will be joining as well on July 21st in Hollywood and July 22nd in Las Vegas.
Turing Test Dates

Recently added Soul Asylum dates (not in photo):
July 23 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
July 26 Lincoln, NE Vega
Hang tight, new dates for The Melismatics will be announced soon!

Scenes from Soul Asylum’s Turing Test:

We wanted to help capture the sights, the sounds, and the smells of the current Soul Asylum tour and share it with y’all.  Enjoy!
Soul Asylum Turing Test

As always, thanks for being a part of The Melismatics’ inner circle.  Until next time…



Ryan, Pony, Mark, Ron
The Melismatics


“The 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 (Dubuque, IA)

“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)

“The Melismatics flirt with greatness on ‘Rising Tide,’ a concept album that follows a man from birth through the ups and downs of his life.”
–The Daily News (Pittsburgh, PA)

“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 (Indianapolis, IN)

“Twin Cities power-pop quartet, The Melismatics, have done it again…their catchy guitar licks and synth-driven melodies do anything but make us want to take our foot off the pedal or turn down the volume for that matter…grab a copy of Rising Tide and dance, dance, dance.”
–The Owl Mag

“Pulsating beats and catchy melodies abound on ‘Rising Tide,’ but it’s also clear that the Minneapolis-based quartet is looking to expand its horizons.”
–Illinois Entertainer (Chicago)

“Rising Tide’s sound is a sugary, but potent, kind of power pop that is energetically hopeful to a profound degree.”

–Philthy Mag (Philadelphia, PA)

“‘Rising Tide’ sounds like a break in the pattern as much as it does a breath of fresh air


–The Pitch (Kansas City, MO)

“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

“You like the Melismatics. You may not know it, but you like them.” -Vocals On Top

“Give it a chance to win you over”


“Manic? Sure. Enjoyable? Why, yes!”

–The Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA)

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