Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Melodime Has Found Their Sound

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Melodime Has Found Their Sound

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Brad Rhodes is bringing his indie-rock band, Melodime, to Pittsburgh for a show tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe on the South Side.

Literally. I mean, he is driving the band's bus on the interstate toward Western Pennsylvania while being interviewed on his cell phone.

"The other guys are in the back," he says.

The other guys are the Duis brothers, Sam (keyboards) and Tyler (drums), and guitarist Jon Wiley. Mr. Wiley is the new guy.

"Tyler and I were introduced by a mutual friend when we were seniors in high school," Mr. Rhodes recalls from the band's formation eight years ago in northern Virginia. "I'd been writing some songs, and then a couple months later Sammy joined right in and we started gigging right away. It was our first band. We committed from the very beginning. We're in it for the long haul."

For the longest time, Melodime was just them - a trio that would bring in guest musicians to round out the sound on their recordings. Mr. Wiley, who attended Duquesne and still has friends here in town, joined them about six months ago.

"Over the eight years that we've been together, we've added a few people here and there," says Mr. Rhodes, who fronts the band on guitar and vocals. "We were kind of, I don't know, in search of our sound, and wanted something a little bit bigger and it never quite worked out. In the past two years, we really wanted to add a permanent fourth member on lead guitar, mainly because all the recordings that we've put out, we have somebody playing those parts and we wanted to be able to recreate that live and have that energy for our live shows.

"We finally found the proper fit for what we're doing, and it's been great ever since. He's sitting behind me eavesdropping on our conversation right now, trying to take any compliments I throw at him."

This isn't Melodime's first visit to Pittsburgh. They played at The Smiling Moose on the South Side a couple of months ago, when Mr. Wiley - a veteran of several other bands - was just settling into place.

"Having a fourth member takes a little bit of pressure off everybody's shoulders playing live," Mr. Rhodes says. "So we're able to approach things a little more relaxed and with more energy."

The band's growth is also reflected in its sound.

"I think in the beginning we were all kind of like starry-eyed and we just wanted to be in a band," Mr. Rhodes says. "We didn't have as much of a vision then, other than the fact that we knew that we didn't want it to be a hobby. We wanted to do it for a living. And now, moving forward . the vision has evolved. Finally, after eight years, I feel like we're at a point of knowing what we are doing. It's in our wheelhouse right now, and that's a good thing."

Their sound?

"We've been saying alternative rock or indie rock," Mr. …

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