WXDU Presents: Letha and Dan Melchior benefit w/ GREG CARTWRIGHT

WXDU Presents: Letha and Dan Melchior Benefit!

WXDU Presents: Letha and Dan Melchior benefit w/ GREG CARTWRIGHT

Joint D≠, The Dirty Little Heaters, Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound/Oblivians)

Fri, April 19, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

$10.00

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Dan Melchior
Dan Melchior
Shepperton, England's tight-throated guitarslinger Dan Melchior is one of those intriguing performers who just sort of seem to have appeared out of nowhere, fully formed and freaked out. Melchior is a wild-eyed misanthrope playing the role of troubadour in a community too busy to take notice, which only inspires the racket to grow louder.

Indeed, it is a glorious racket.

Off-kilter garage-meets-country & western rhythms serve as the fuzzy backdrop for Melchior's shouted vocals and lyrics that are by turn absurd and brilliant. "Me and J.G. Ballard" details something as seemingly mundane (but in fact bitingly clever) as unknowingly shadowing reclusive writer J.G. Ballard through the course of his daily routine. Ballard's always a few steps ahead of Melchior, even buying the last of the peas at the grocery before Melchior has his turn.

The musical slant, combined with Melchior's neurotic lyrics ("Car alarms, sirens and construction sites/Got my ears ringing all day and all night/When I go somewhere where there's peace and quiet/I feel terrified," from "Ladies Underwear and Airline Socks"), and even his nasal vocals, earned positive comparisons to Scotland's similarly-minded Country Teasers. However, whereas the Teasers would continue to lace their records with nods to classic country (including some of the most warped, and oddly touching, covers of Tammy Wynette songs ever committed to tape), Melchior would reveal his own affinity for the sounds of Motown and gritty Americana music.

Although he worked with ex-Headcoatee Holly Golightly on 1997's Painted On, Mechior probably gained his first widespread recognition for his 1998 collaboration with Billy Childish (of the Headcoats and its assorted variations), Devil in the Flesh. A bare-bones acoustic blues affair, Devil in the Flesh is probably the most listener-friendly of Melchior's releases, as it strips away the layers of noise and weirdness that constitute much of his latter solo efforts. However, it also tends to be the least attention-grabbing and innovative of his albums, so there is a trade-off.

Melchior's collaborations with Golightly tend to shuffle past Melchior's typically dark and twisted take on blues and country in favor of Golightly's brighter vision of rootsy, back-porch Americana. The fact that it sounds so authentic is surprising more because they're Brits than because of their past musical endeavors.

Having cut his teeth concocting collaborations with Childish and Golightly, Melchior made his proper debut as a solo artist (with a backing band dubbed the Broke Revue) with Oldtime-Futureshock, an album that is virtually impossible to track down. 1999's Sympathy for the Record Industry sophomore effort, This Love Is Real, is more readily available and finds the group establishing the twisted garage-blues sound that would become their trademark.

2000's Instant Love finds Melchior returning to the stripped-down recording style he used with Childish on Devil in the Flesh, as he tears through his songs with an acoustic guitar. The result sounds like it was recorded on a Dictaphone, and although it reaches depths of lo-fi previously known only to fans of Guided by Voices, the low grade sound actually lends the album the air of immediacy of a well-worn cotton-country blues album from the 䀘20s.

Mechior's first release for the seminal In the Red imprint, 2001's Heavy Dirt sounds right at home among that label's other residents (including the Bassholes and Country Teasers) with its fusion of raucous Stooges punk fury and country and blues melancholy. Melchior's grimy voice and writing style are intertwined with a sinister air that keeps things from drifting into any sort of bland/hokey Jon Spencer territory.

While Heavy Dirt was a solid album, Mechior seemed to finally settle into his own skin with 2002's Bitterness, Spite, Rage & Scorn (again on In the Red and again with the Broke Revue). Bitterness at last fully integrates Melchior's affinity for everything from Fred McDowell and Skip James to Phil Spector's wall-of-sound and R&B (check out the swinging riffs of "Gatecrasher" and "The Cruel Pang of Beauty"). A more playful album than previous releases dared to be, Bitterness often bounces along with bits 䀘60s rock glee, only slightly obscured by the obligatory fuzz, as on "(In) Negative" with its swirling mass of guitars and nearly hypnotic piano refrain, and "Beast of the Field" with its gruff approximation of the Lovin' Spoonful.

Although Melchior's releases have continued to evolve and improve, mainstream recognition has eluded him (and most artists of the genre) despite the rise of tamer outfits like the Hives and White Stripes who carry the garage rock banner. ~ Karen E. Graves, All Music Guide

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Dan Melchior was born in Chertsey, England in 1972. Ever since then he’s been struggling to make himself understood through some form of ‘artistic’ expression.
Dan started playing guitar at the age of 17 (‘ESP’ by the Buzzcocks being The first riff he hamfistedly plucked out on his father’s acoustic guitar) He joined his first band soon after, quickly finding himself in the role of singer/lead guitarist- (mainly because no one else wanted the job as it seemed a bit too much like hard work).

To make a leap of several fairly uneventful years (musically anyway) he formed his first band of any merit, with his friend Darrel Gardiner on bass and his (then) girlfriend Vicky Hill on dustbins (metal garbage cans) in 1995. The band was called ‘The Loaded Souls’. ( This band can be heard on the last two tracks of the cd version of ‘The Covert Stomp’ released on Hate records- Italy)
The band played a total of 4 shows and then split up. However Dan was encouraged to send a tape to Billy Childish, by a friendly promoter called Slim Chance. He soon found himself recording several records with Holly Golightly (see discography)
Eventually the first version of the Broke Revue put out a record on Sympathy for the record industry (although it was more of a hodge podge of leftovers and out takes than a Broke Revue record proper)
A second record was recorded soon after, but the bloke who played drums on it and paid to have it pressed decided it would be better to keep the records under his bed for the next 4 years than to find a distributor for the record at the time of it's completion. (It's been excavated from under the bed in the last year or so, by an archaeologist from Smartguy records)
After meeting his future wife Letha Rodman in 1999, Dan moved to New York in the summer of 2000 to be with her, and to play with a new half American/half English version of the Broke Revue.
This band recorded several records for various different labels (see discography) most notably two albums for In the red records. This band toured the U.S and Canada several times.

After leaving In the red the Broke Revue made an unfortunate move and got themselves embroiled in a bizarre farrago with a local record label, which has still not been resolved. The band spent one year recording a double album for the aforementioned label entitled ‘O Clouds Unfold’ which has still not seen the light of day. (I can’t really go into specifics- as they cause certain parties a great deal of mental and emotional distress)
This line up of the band finally split up for good in late 2004 and Dan is now going it alone………….he has recorded 'Hello I'm Dan Melchior'(shake it 1995) and 'Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones' (plastic 2006)- and is now working on a new record.
Dan continues to write prolifically, as his tastes broaden and mutate, so does his output. His wish to push his music into new areas continues unabated....just wait for phase four! - the pink explosion (as he calls it)

David Balthazar NYC 2005.
Joint D≠
Joint Dâ 
Originally known as Joint Damage but forced to change their name because of the threat of legal action, Joint D≠ is a new project from Nick Goode, who you know from his guitar work in NC's Logic Problem and Brain F≠. While Nick's trademark vocal stylings and wall-of-treble guitar sound are familiar, Joint D≠ have a different sound than his other bands thanks to the muscular rhythm section, which is equally comfortable with a Wipers-style propulsive lurch as they are with Gauze-esque stop-on-a-dime changes. Guest vocals from Elise and Bobby from Brain F≠ make this essential for fans of that band, while the music itself makes it essential for anyone who can appreciate ambitious, atmospheric, and dynamic hardcore.
Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound/Oblivians)
Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound/Oblivians)
Greg Cartwright, also known by his stage name Greg Oblivian, is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee. He currently fronts Reigning Sound and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/