Minneapolis' Melismatics have a transportative quality, like a step back to a time to when rock and roll was just drums, bass, guitar and vocals. This isn't a bad thing at all -- the band's nostalgic sound taps into The Strokes' prime era of the early '00s, but with the more glamorous nuances of Louis XVI. Ryan Smith and co-frontwoman Pony's vocals are dramatic and almost over-the-top, but balance each other out amidst simple instrumentation.
Featured on the soundtracks to MTV pseudo-reality series' Laguna Beach and The Hills, Melismatics would have also fit right along with the channel's actual music video programming fifteen years ago. On tour in support of it's latest release, The Acid Test, the band tops a big line up-tonight, which includes Izcalli, Priory and The Say-So Crazies.This show is 21 and up, and tickets are $7. Doors open at 8 p.m., show begins at 8:30 p.m.
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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.