Stereo Deluxe, The Milwaukees, The Melismatics, Reckless Edward
Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St.
Friday, Feb. 8, 9:45 p.m., $6, 21+
Local favorites Stereo Deluxe will stop by the Melody Inn for their second Indianapolis show of the month this Friday night. The band, currently working on the follow-up to its 2006 self-titled debut, will anchor a power pop showcase that also includes Minneapolis’ the Melismatics.
The Melismatics match up nicely with Stereo Deluxe. The quartet, also working on a new album to follow up their 2006 EP Turn It On, have a guitar-laden sound that’s reminiscent of their Minneapolis musical ancestors the Replacements. The resemblance is most obvious in their song “You’re My Habit.”
But hints of other influences linger in their music. A tinge of the Pixies can be found on “It’s a Drag,” which finds Melismatics Ryan Smith and Kate “Pony” Hixon-Smith exchanging verses with the precision of Black Francis and Kim Deal. “Wave of Sound” opens with a bass guitar hopscotching into a flood of electric guitar, similar to that found at the beginning of the Pixies’ “Debaser.”
The Melismatics also frequently recall the new-wave pop of bands such as Devo and the alt-pop of mid ’90s acts like Third Eye Blind. Still, with all reference points noted, there’s more to the Melismatics than the records that they’ve listened to. Their songs are very much their own, with unique high-energy rhythms and strong lyrics.
Rounding out the night is long-lived local trio Reckless Edward, who infuse manic punk aggression into their straight-up rock sound.