Melville lead vocalist, Ryan T Jacobs, has been offering up a special Valentine’s show for a while now. They call it “Under the Covers”. Ryan joined up with Saturday Joe to lay out the story and play some music.
A New Album in The New Zero
Melville is a “thinking man’s” band, as you will hear in the conversation below, with Saturday Joe and Ryan.
Here’s more about the show:
Ah, Valentine’s Day and love is in the air Portland! Ever wanted to hear a solid crop of local bands cover epic love ballads like Boyz II Men, REO Speedwagon or some Hall & Oates? Well this is your shot folks! Come snuggle up ‘Under the Covers’ with us for an evening of love ballads featuring local groups The Moody Dudes w/ Robbie Augspurger (Ozarks),and Evan Way of Parson Red Heads), Lost Lander + Friends, Melville, Blue Skies For Black Hearts and Spirit Lake. So if you’re currently feeling the “Power of Love”, emoji hearts in your eyes and want to share the evening with your boo, or if Cupid missed his mark and you feel like “Love Stinks” and wanna come find some fellow singles to get your party on with, Under the Covers is gonna have all your Valentine’s Day needs covered. Whatever you do though, make sure to pickup your advance tickets so you don’t get heartbroken this Valentine’s Day by missing out; the last show sold out!
Future unknown, the model currently on display, is the combined effort of a band in the making since 2011. That’s when, newly returned stateside from a four year stint living in Berlin, songwriter and vocalist Ryan T. Jacobs first debuted Melville at Portland staple the LaurelThirst Pub. Since then, the band has performed many shows and had several highlights including having single Heart debuted at halftime of a sold out Portland Trailblazers game, playing at SXSW and sharing the stage with the likes of 3 Doors Down, Wilco side-project The Autumn Defense, Minor Alps, Murder by Death and Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper) among others.
Founded on openness and a collaborative spirit, there’s a tangible longevity to Melville that begs the band to explore and discover new layers to its sound. Melville’s introductory offering, Maquette, was recorded at Type Foundry Studios with Adam Selzer (M. Ward, Sallie Ford, Blind Pilot, The Decemberists, Peter Buck of R.E.M., She & Him) and mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion (Typhoon, Nurses, Horse Feathers, Blue Cranes), and has garnered radio play on Portland stations like KINK, KNRK and KZME. For now, Maquette is the base layer—but Melville will be charting a fresh course from here. Melville are currently in the studio with Gregg Williams (The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper, Sheryl Crow, etc) working on the full-length follow-up to Maquette, entitled The New Zero