Native to the UK, daring rock band Mellor released their new single, ‘Meet Me By The Ocean’, on the 21st of October, ahead of their upcoming album, Problematic Passions, which is slated for release on the 11th of November via Triple B Records. The single premiered on NOTION Magazine and follows the release of ‘Battle Hardened’, which has earned them a spot as one of Atwood Magazine’s 2022 Artists to Watch. With their press support growing, the band has been featured in numerous industry publications including Louder Than War, The Hype Magazine, CLOUT Magazine, and Medium.com/ Pop Off. Their music has previously aired on Amazing Radio USA with Charlie Ashcroft, BBC Introducing Berkshire, BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and more.
Tragically hopeful, ‘Meet Me By The Ocean’ is Mellor’s spin on a rock ballad. Amped up on love, the band thrashes, sending tsunamis of fuzzy distortion to crash against the jagged edges of Gary Kingham’s confessional lyrics, exposing their gentler side without sacrificing a scrap of power.
On streaming platforms, their previously released EP, Dive into the Strange, reached #2 on the iTunes rock album chart and #3 on the Amazon Music rock album chart in addition to accumulating a play count of 2.8 million streams on Spotify alone. On stage, the band has performed at the Isle of Wight Festival, where Biffy Clyro and Noel Gallagher headlined, and the UK independent Truck Festival, which booked Wolf Alice, Foals, and Two Door Cinema Club.
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 gives us insight into the new single: “MMBTO is a tragic love story. It’s about a suicide pact, a couple who end their lives together peacefully before the world consumes them. In a world of war and global warming, it’s a sobering fantasy of walking into the ocean together, side by side. It’s a track that doesn’t quite follow our usual formula. It came together organically, stemming from Kris’s (lead guitar) pedaling riff and the ambient guitar line/vocal combination. We loved the sound and feel so we simply had to record it. It’s definitely a sound we’d experiment more with moving forward.”