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The Unbelievable Meltdown

by U-Melt

Organic Progressive Groove.... U-Melt has forged a unique sound that combines infectious dance grooves with captivating compositions, soulful lyrics and virtuosic chops.
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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1. Green Amber
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2. Still I Go
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3. Infectious Groove
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4. Missed
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5. Vulpecula
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6. Through the Prism
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7. Song Behind the Time
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8. Schizophrenia
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9. Tomorrow, My Friend
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10. Human Compass
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
f there is one band poised to explode on the scene, it is certainly the trailblazing quartet from New York City, U-Melt. Thanks in part to relentless touring up and down the East Coast for the past three years, U-Melt has forged a unique sound that combines infectious dance grooves with captivating compositions, soulful lyrics and virtuosic chops. After branching out to the Midwest with great success, they are ready to share their organic progressive groove with the rest of the nation.

In only its third summer of existence, U-Melt has already performed at some of the country’s premier festivals, including appearances at Gathering of the Vibes, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Summer Camp, Camp Creek, and moe.’s Snoe.down Winter Music Festival, as well as an upcoming multi-set performance at this year’s moe.down. Based on mesmerizing playing and word of mouth, U-Melt has quickly earned a reputation for creating high energy dance parties and epic late-night performances. From an already legendary overnight set at Strangefolk’s 9th Annual Garden of Eden Festival (in which no member of the band left the stage for more than 7 hours), to brilliantly covering the Pink Floyd album “Wish You Were Here” in its entirety during their all night performance at the Stonehenge Music Festival, U-Melt always has something special planned for their fans, and has built a strong following among festival goers. In fact, U-Melt’s reputation helped them beat out thousands of bands in an on-line “Voting Booth” contest for their performance slot at this year’s 10,000 Lakes Festival, providing the band the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of live music fans in a brand new market.

In February of 2006, U-Melt was honored by Jambands.com with their coveted “New Groove of the Month” award. In his feature on the band, Jambands.com and Relix Magazine writer Mike Greenhaus declares, "Since first linking up in 2003, U-Melt has blossomed into one of the jam-scene's hardest working acts, barnstorming high-profile festivals,...and performing upwards of 300 shows in just under three years. Commanding a clear understanding of the jamband blueprint, U-Melt's varied live show is a throwback to the improvisational bands of yore, stocked with zany covers and high energy segues." U-Melt’s music has also been praised by the likes of Richard Gehr of the Village Voice, Jambase.com, Glide Magazine, State of Mind Music Magazine, KyndMusic.com, Earvolution.com and The Independent, just to name a few. Recently, U-Melt was asked by Relix Magazine and the other Jammys producers to perform a special late-night show at New York City’s B.B. King’s Blues Club as part of the Official Jammys After Party, providing U-Melt with a chance to bring their late-night dance party to a room full of hometown fans, Jammys performers, and new faces.

U-Melt has had the good fortune of having many incredible musicians join them on stage during their shows, including Al Schnier, Rob Derhak and Vinnie Amico of moe.; Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee; Jon Trafton, Russ Lawton, Erik Glocker, Luke “Patchen” Montgomery and Don Scott of Strangefolk; Rob Somerville of Deep Banana Blackout; Ed Palermo; Gordon Stone; and members of Perpetual Groove, Brothers Past, Max Creek and The Bridge.

In the summer of 2004, U-Melt released their critically acclaimed debut studio album “The Unbelievable Meltdown” to an excited and rapidly growing fan-base. The album appeared on numerous top ten lists and continues to receive airplay in many markets nationwide, including the heavy rotation of the songs “Schizophrenia” and “The Eternal Groove” on the Sirius Jam On 17 station. U-Melt is currently putting the final touches on their eagerly anticipated sophomore release entitled “The I’s Mind” which will be released on September 30th, 2006.

U-Melt is: Adam Bendy (Bass, Vocals), Zac Lasher (Keyboards, Synthesizers & Vocals), George Miller (Drums & Vocals) and Rob Salzer (Guitar & Vocals).

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Formerly Umelt,WHO?


What an original sound .Can't wait to hear you fuck up Redstar.
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Bukaki

U-Melt kicks the shiznit's ass
CD is smokin' - for crackpots, cracks, and pots. Whatever your preference. Just put it on late at night, spark up, and watch the colors fly. These kids will rock for a few more years, I'm sure.
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ywo in the pink one in the stink

Umelts new cd rocks!!
The new cd is full of soulfull groves and great improvisation. This however dosnt fully represent the band as they kick ass live!!
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Mike Pierce

Enjoy this masterful first outing from a young, hungry band...
There are two words for U.Melt, the debut album from The Unbelievable Meltdown, a New York City area band that's been playing up and down the East Coast over the last two years: driving groove.
One of the first things you notice when you pop this disc in is just how polished are the sound and tones captured on the disc. The band has been playing out on these tunes for the better part of two years, and it shows in the tight, bright, road-tested feel that has been masterfully recorded in fine fashion for this disc.


U-Melt’s sound isn’t easy to classify; they pull their inspiration from a host of second-generation bands on the scene. Some of the tracks are straight-up progressive rock in the vein of moe. or Umphrey’s McGee. They delve into electronica and dance sounds that evoke shades of The Disco Biscuits or STS9. They touch on many different genres, bringing shades of one mode into another for a sound that’s so varied the only real way to classify it is to recognize that whatever mode the band’s working in, they’re bringing a danceable, brain-melting groove, and they’re bringing it with the thunder.


The first track in particular, Green Amber, a show-closer and tour staple, tends to lodge itself inside your brain and make itself comfortable for a lengthy stay. Guitarist Rob Salzer’s lilting, driving tones play a fine counterpoint with Zac Lasher’s rhythmic keys, while bassist Adam Bendy lays down a dank, solid bass framework for Salzer and Lasher to play with and around, with the varied, spot-on beats from George Miller’s drums keeping the groove in line all the while.


Another track to pay attention to is Schizophrenia, a completely mesmerizing instrumental piece that, when played live, makes the floor shake from pounding feet. Salzer’s guitar work and Miller’s driving drumwork are particularly uplifting in this one as they jam it into next week, and it has proven to be one of their most popular live tunes, often stretching past the twenty-minute mark and allowing no rest for the crowd that’s enjoying the groove. The studio cut comes in at a lean nine minutes, only hinting at the electronic dance-party vibe this one can bring, but that’s why we go see these bands live instead of sitting around the living room with a studio CD, if you can dig that.


After listening to this one several times through I still find myself throwing it in the CD player as often as not, and that says a lot for a guy who hardly ever listens to studio albums. I’d recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys crisp, complicated and evocative tunes that start groovin’ early and just don’t stop ‘till you can’t take no more.


So put the kickstand up, fire the DJ, ‘cause this isn’t some Fabio pretty-boy rock band; once you let your mind get all bendy with this CD, you’ll find yourself checking the band’s website (http://www.umelt.com) to see when U.Melt is coming to a town near you.
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