Taking a love of the Fab Four and film scores and mixing them with influences from new prog, Melbourne band ME show that they have the talent to stand alongside the world’s best modern rock acts with their debut EP Naked.
From the moment the Beatles-like melodies clash with the richly layered Muse-style guitar riffs in the title track it’s clear that this is going to be something special. At the moment, ME’s music is still heavily stamped by its influences, but rather than just cloning them this four-piece blends them into songs that are identifiably their own. The organ adds a flavour that one might associate with either 70s prog or Wolfmother, depending on who’s listening and similarly Luke Ferris’ wavering high vocals variously call to mind either Geddy Lee or Thom Yorke. Musically, ME is all over the chart, with pop melodies and hooks sitting harmoniously alongside prog rock bombast and tricky arrangements. It may not be to everyone’s taste and it may take a couple of listens to sink in, but it’s very clever, and it’s very cool.
Naked is a world-class release from a world-class act, one which we should justifiably hear a lot more about.
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4. Westward Backwards