Retro rhythms from Mellor at Oakford Social ClubBy Caroline Cook
June 28, 2012
Emerging Reading band Mellor launched their debut single in Camden earlier this week but it will be their hometown gig at the Oakford Social Club last night which sticks in their minds.
With a crowd packed with loyal followers, sporting Mellor culture in their done up collars and thick-rimmed glasses, there was a lot of love for Mellor in the room.
Having formed in March last year the four-piece have been busy gigging at home and in London, gathering a small but earnest following along the way.
Describing their music as a cross between The Beatles and The Libertines the band are adding something new to the music scene by bringing back the old.
"My personal influences are bands like The Smiths and the Cure but actually our sound is probably quite 50s and 60s, like The Kinks," said 20-year-old frontman Gary Kingham, when we caught up before the gig.
Running a bit late with their sound check, Gary and fellow band members Christian Inglese, Michael Lowndes and Josh Woodward, grabbed a few beers and we found a quiet spot to chat.
"Mellor is a guitar band, we're trying to bring back guitar music, not that it's properly gone but we want to help get it back to the top again," said Gary.
With plenty of catchy riffs and a sound which is inescapably Beatles-esque the boys, who met at college in Reading, have a retro sound which marks them apart from the dozens of indie bands flooding Myspace and the like.
Opening the gig with their single B-side Last Man on Earth the guys played an up-beat set, only dogged a little bit at the start by technical difficulties (although covering it well with an impromptu sing-a-long).
By the time the bass guitar was fixed and Mellor got into the first few tracks the crowd were bopping along, with some bringing out swing-style dance moves which gave a 50s dance hall feel to the night.
But that's not to say the band are old before their time with Pete Doherty-like vocals and some nifty guitar work keeping them current.
"We keep it up-to-date with influences by the likes of Libertines and Babyshambles," said Gary. "Our gigs are just fun really, we play every single gig like it's our last."
Debut single Catch Me Girl was the hit of the night with its crowd-pleasing catchy chorus, although final number Lillian Believe Me, was also a favourite with the home-crowd.
"Catch Me Girl is actually one of the most simple songs I have written," said Gary.
"It's not about anyone in particular but I suppose it would be about a girl you have and then she leaves and you try and get her again. The chase as it were."
Having launched the single in London and at home the guys are now upping the gigs and getting their sound out there.
And with their unusual combination of the retro and the modern it surely can only be a matter of time before Mellor mania spreads a little further from home.
To listen to Mellor check out www.reverbnation.com/melloruk