New Jersey's Melissa & Paul teamed up with Bedside Manner Collective, Gruff Beard Records and Star Beat Music to release their upcoming EP 'Live Hard.' Bedside Manner and Gruff Beard Records will release 300 10" records on white, black and opaque blue vinyl on April 13 and Star Beat Music will release 50 hand numbered white cassette tapes on Record Store Day (April 21st).
"Live Hard," Melissa & Paul's follow up to their 2011 debut, successfully fuses punk and blues with a touch of garage. Melissa's vocal performance lends itself to greats like Nancy Sinatra and Patti Smith and she would fit nicely with the '90's Riot Grrrl wave. Melissa & Paul fluctuate between a Screaming Females-esque sound and a "reverse White Stripes" yet not-so minimal vibe, while paying homage to greats like Hendrix and Nirvana. The 6-song EP sounds natural on tape and vinyl as the lo-fi and grainy sound compliments Melissa & Paul's raw and energetic performance that they actually did record in a garage
"Live Hard is about doing things instead of just talking about doing things," drummer Paul said. With that said, this summer Melissa & Paul will be touring the east coast/midwest with Boy Things and the west coast with Dead Ringer. But before that you can check out the band's record release shows coming up in mid-April.
02. Yeah, I'm Alive
03. Ready to Die
04. 30 Days
05. Lazy Man
06. Try Hard (Everyday)
Melissa & Paul is:
Melissa Lucciola - Guitar/Vocals
Paul Chiesa - Drums/Backing Vocals
'Live Hard' Release Shows:
Friday, 4/13: Record Release #1 Official 10'' release show @ Vernon VFW, Vernon, NJ w/ Boy Things, Keith Kenny and Jessica Joyce. All ages. 8pm. $5.
Saturday, 4/14: Record Release #2 City Lights NYC Presents: @ The Suffolk, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY w/ Conor & the Stonehill Kids, Libel, and Perp Walk. 21+. 9pm. $6.
Saturday, 4/21: Record Release #3 Star Beat Music Showcase @ Hell's Kitchen, Newark, NJ w/ The Naked Heroes, SixtoEight Mathematics. 21+. 9:30pm. $5.
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