Reckless Edward, The Melismatics, Small Arms Fire
Friday, May 18
Friday night at the Melody Inn sounded like a great lineup to check out and it didn't disappoint. The opener of the evening, Reckless Edward, was a three-piece act with its band members all wearing hats, ties and sunglasses. The Bill Wyman-like bass player, Reckless Elena remarked to her lead singing, guitarist Ed that he looked like Fred Flintstone with his red tie with black polka dots and puffy black hat similar to Fred's lodge hat. The band displayed a good sense of humor in their onstage banter; they eluded to the fact that they may have been out of practice for the evening's performance with their Green Day-on-ludes approach to power pop-punk. The band played one of their songs "I Wanna Have Fun" near the beginning of their set and also as their closer.
Up next was The Melismatics from Minneapolis. This four-piece dance rock band brought the show to a whole new level by starting out with a fog machine and keyboard samples mixed with anticipating guitar feedback before exploding into tight and polished modern rock that sounded fresh and exciting. At the end of their first song, the band raised their guitars into the air in sync to the pumping of a strobe light at the front of the stage. "Your Love Is A Poison" sung by guitarist, Pony, got people dancing in front of the stage. The band sounded big enough to be playing huge festivals and their encore blew everyone's minds with a bombastic extended ending.
The last band of the night, Small Arms Fire, returned to the Melody Inn stage after a long hiatus. Sharon Rickson, the bass player, just recently ended her stint in the popular all-girl band, Neon Love Life and reunited with her long-time, on-and-off bandmates including vocalist/guitarist Tom Crist and power drummer Mark Harmless. The band did not disappoint in bringing their artful noise to the late crowd far past the midnight hour. Tom Crist's vocals were gravelly and angsty and the drumming of Mark Harmless evoked the madness of the Muppet's famous drummer, Animal. Friends and fans of the band reacted by dancing and slamming into each other in drunken abandon.