UK rock band Mellor released their latest single, ‘Gargoyle Groove’, on the 12th of August. The single premiered on Pop Off and is the first to be shared from their forthcoming album, Problematic Passions, which is set to be released on the 11th of November via Triple B Records. Notably, their previous EP, Dive into the Strange, reached #2 on the iTunes rock album chart and #3 on the Amazon Music rock album chart. The band has already earned over 3 million streams across platforms with publication support from Louder Than War, The Hype Magazine as well as radio coverage from BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson amongst others.
The Reading-based band was started by Gary Kingham (lead vocal and guitar) and Josh Woodward (bass) who met in college, but, after a few auditions, recruited Sam Igoe (drums) and Kristian Bell (guitar). The members share a diverse range of inspirations, citing the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Stone Roses, The Mars Volta, Libertines, The Smiths, Foo Fighters, Wesley Gonzalez, and Foals. Their sound can be likened to Arctic Monkeys, Foals, The White Stripes, and Pink Floyd.
Mellor dance on a knife-edge, executing their sonic ideas with surgical precision. Conceptually rich, ‘Gargoyle Groove’ explores the twists and folds of the human mind. Thrashing with insanity and stunning audacity, it builds ever towards a dangerous climax before plummeting off a sheer cliff, leaving behind a trail of crushed distortion.
Speaking about the track, Mellor tells us: “We’ve been playing and developing this song even since before Covid. It was one of the tracks that certainly set the tone for the album. It’s about a psychiatrist who gets a kick out of making people think they’re more ill or insane than they really are. Which is about as dark and manipulative it gets. The thing we love most about this track is the whole verse is just pedaling one chord, but the variants and melody around it meant Gary didn’t have to do anything else, it sounded great.”