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Break Up

by Bastards of Melody

A tuneful, upbeat mix of energetic pop and anthemic rockers featuring memorable melodies and crunchy guitars.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What's On Your Mind
3:34 $0.99
2. Right Here Waiting
4:16 $0.99
3. Cheat
3:38 $0.99
4. Way To Now
2:56 $0.99
5. Erins' 25th
4:44 $0.99
6. Ball & Chain
3:42 $0.99
7. Fuck Wakin' Up
2:42 $0.99
8. This Could Be Your Life
2:56 $0.99
9. Another Homecoming
3:45 $0.99
10. Spiral Notebook
4:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bastards of Melody is a 4-piece pop-rock band based in Jersey City, NJ. The Bastards have been touring the Northeast non-stop since getting together in the spring of '98.

The band''s first release "Keep It Down" debuted in 1999, followed soon after by the album "Fun Machine" in 2001. "Fun Machine", produced by famed former Bongo's member James Mastro, attained great critical success with a solid, tuneful, upbeat mix of pop and punk with a touch of country twang. In July of 2001, "Fun Machine" reached number 137 on College Music Journal's Top 200 radio chart with spins on over 150 stations in the US and Canada. The Bastard's release their third album, titled "Break Up", in January of 2003



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Laura T. Lynch of

Bastards of Melody’s music can be described as no frills rock and roll mixed with power pop, punk, alternative and even a slight dash of country. They write catchy melodies with contagious hooks. Their energizing sound has been compared to The Replacements and possible Cheap Trick. Paul Crane the lead vocalist and one of two guitarists has an interesting voice that ranges from supple and smooth to angst. Bastards of Melody's latest collection captures all of these elements as well as striking guitar work and reverberating beats. 'What's on your Mind' is the opening track and sets the high-powered adrenaline for the rest of the CD although there are some slower paces along the way. The song moves along on a rip roaring beat and grinding guitars. 'Erin's 25th' is a feisty beat laden track with stellar guitars and captivating melodic hooks. ‘Fuck wakin' up', the title alone is enough to make one chuckle but the song has a powerful angry energy complete with a driving beat and crunchy guitars.

Jersey Beat

Tip of the Hat
Indie, emo, post-punk, anti-folk… we’ve got way too many labels these days and not nearly enough good rock ‘n’ roll bands.  So here’s a tip of the hat to the Bastards of Melody,  who realize that good songs and a nice melody are still  what count.  The Bastards’ first few records always had a few outstanding  tracks and, alas, some filler; but with Break Up,  singer/guitarist Paul Crane and company have come up with an album’s worth of top-notch tunes.   From the uptempo oomph of the opening “What’s On Your Mind” to the party fun of “Erin’s 25th” to the slacker anthem “Fuck Wakin’ Up,” there’s just one punchy, bouncy, head-bobbing tune after another.   The Bastards have always been compared to the Replacements and I think I’ve finally figured out why; Crane, like Paul Westerberg, has a voice that’s instantly likeable.  Here’s the guy you’d want to be sitting next to at a bar if you were stranded in some strange town without any friends.  So whether he’s singing about the ups and downs of relationships or just laying his heart on the line (as on the beautiful, acoustic “This Could Be Your Life,”  an indie rocker’s lament inspired by Michael Azerrad’s book Our Band Could Be Your Life), all you get is the real deal: No poses, no bullshit, no attempt at being trendy -  just a guy and a guitar and – as the opening track goes – what’s on his mind. Let’s not forget the rest of the band – lead guitarist Bill Zafiros, drummer Jeff Prosetti, and since-departed bassist Scott Tully.

Aiding & Abetting

A Bright Blast
Speaking of the Replacements (or, more accurately, Paul Westerberg), here come the Bastards of Melody. They have that Sire-era 'Mats style down (slightly sloppy, but still tuneful and generally recognizable as "normal" music), and they write nice three-minute pop songs with titles like "Fuck Wakin' Up." Though, to be honest, most of the songs are relatively clever. Take "Cheat," a song which details the quintessential high school experiences of cribbing for a test and trying to impress a girl. They write it better than I explain it. Trust me. Just ragged enough to play at top blast on the car stereo, and with tight enough hooks to sing along--just out of tune so as to sound really cool. A bright blast in the middle of winter.