Their influences include everything from Nina Simone, Django, Janis Joplin, & Fela Kuti to Bjork, Parliament, The Ventures & Bob Marley. There is no style that Melou is afraid to explore and wherever they go they bring the audience with them. Melou was founded in Guatemala in a tequila bar called Cafe No Se. It was in this bar that front woman Annie Goodchild and guitarist Maarten Reijnierse first met. After many fun nights of playing music and getting to know one another Maarten decided to come back to Boston to pursue a musical career with Annie.
After building a name for themselves they were invited to record an album in Barcelona with their good friend and producer Dave Bianci. Once Goodchild and Reijnierse finished recording their debut album, "Communication" they returned to Boston to play shows and solidify their rhythm section of Max Comaskey on bass and Jim Lavin on drums. While in Boston, the band earned the support of local radio station WERS, which said about Communication: "It's difficult to epitomize a sound so far-reaching, a style that has spanned various regions of the globe, and experience from orchestras to traditional South American bands, but Melou manages to bring all of this together delicately and gracefully, to communicate, if you will, all of this experience into a sound that is truly their own. Something this unique and this special is simply invaluable." After a long and winding road with 40 some-odd shows during the summer of 2007, which brought them through Holland, Germany, Belgium, and England, the band returned to Barcelona in the fall with 12 new songs and a desire to create.
Teaming up once again with producer Dave Bianchi at the Emergency Room studios, the group set out to take their unique sound even further for their second album. This time there was a different theme, as the title Battery Park would suggest, "Organic vs. Electronic." Featuring a lineup of all-star musicians from around the world who currently reside in Barcelona, Melou once again tastefully created a blend that showcases the band's talent, and brings Goodchild's vocals to a new level. Maybe that's why URB Magazine compared her to Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill... To purchase the new album, "Battery Park", online visit iTunes or to order a hard copy visit Amazon.com. Both our new album, "Battery Park", and our debut album, "Communication", are also now available at the Newbury Comics stores in Newton, Boston (on Newbury Street), Harvard Square, Amherst, and Nashua! Read more on Last.fm.
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