THE DELI MAGAZINE REVIEW
7/14/2011 By George Dow
It was a perfect night for the first in a series of artist showcases that The Deli Magazine is hosting at P.A.’s Lounge in Somerville this summer. Slightly overcast skies, temperatures in the mid-seventies, locals and hipsters manning the stoops and strolling the sidewalks of Union Square. It was quintessential summer in the city.
Melt started the night off with a bang. By far the heaviest band of the night, they brought their hard-edged, goth-tinged assault to the early arrivals at P.A.’s Lounge. They barreled through a full set which raised the bar for the rest of the bands on the bill.
Lead vocalist Lindsey Kyte showed a vocal range born to meet any occasion, easily shifting from sultry to choral to shouty depending on the mood of the song. Her range was amazing, enabling to her hit every note—low, high and everywhere in between.
The mood turned darker when multi-instrumentalist, Mel Fitzhugh set down her bass and picked up the violin. The addition of violin brought out the gothic side of Melt, as well as adding an Eastern European gypsy feel to the set. Throughout the set Melt moved seamlessly from violin to bass, to trumpet and back again.
To sum up Melt’s sound is no simple task. To compare them to Evanesence is fair, given their dark, hard edge and beautiful vocals, but they are much more than a knock-off of a B-level nü-metal band. To compare them to a more palatable version of System of a Down is a stretch because they are certainly not a hardcore metal band. Nonetheless, combine both those touchstones and add a talent for indie-pop hooks and you’ll have something that resembles Melt.
Though their set was dominated by their originals, Melt are also happy to rip it up, interspersing covers into their set. Their full-on rock version of Portishead’s “Glory Box” was an inspired take on the trip-hop original. Late in the set they played a rollicking version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock-n-Roll” kicked up a notch when Mel replaced the classic Jimmy Page guitar solo with her violin
PULSE MAGAZINE REVIEW
6/1/2012 By Jennifer Russo
You have to admire the idea that if there were an Armageddon, there would be a group of people partying it up in the streets, listening to and performing good music even though the sky was raining fire. I can only hope that I would be one of those few. MELT’s latest CD offering, Armageddon Party, is hard to define. Each song is very different from the other in both style and feel. The title song instantly made me think of what it might sound like to be at the wedding of Pink Floyd and Radiohead, while the song “Supersonic” gave me an anthem-like 80s rock feel. “Draggin Me Down” busted out some punk vibes while the next song, “Glory Box,” mellowed almost to a seductive jazz level, with a sultry vocal, steady beat and astounding guitar solo.
So after giving it some thought, the album is what I would conservatively call modern groove music. Vocalist Lindsey Kyte’s ability at the mic is amazing. She attacks each song with a great range and a beautiful vibrato reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and a tone that made me think of Enya here and there. The band, too, can hold their own with a very distinctive style. Now that I have heard them, I would know them if I heard them again ~ a level of recognition that all bands want. Kyte is backed by a drummer who takes on the challenge of playing standard beats and also throwing in some world art sounds. Guitar and bass contribute beautiful and soulful melodies.
The music on Armageddon Party is incredibly diverse. I think the best thing to do while listening to this album is look through a kaleidoscope and let your mind venture off into its own little world.
TMR ZOO REVIEW
4/27/2014 By Joe Viglione
The band Melt – Lindsey Kit on vocals, Dan Inzana on Guitar, Paul Pipitone on bass, and original drummer Ben Thompson (Ben Lyons is on the CD) rocked Club Bohemia downstairs at the Cantab on April 18, 2014.
Melt took the stage at 10:21 pm opening with “Spiral” – something distinctly different after the Boney-M styled dance pop of the previous act, Dan Oulette. This was pure new wave ave in the new millennium – think The Rolling Stones “Sway” played backwards, solid and powerful with a great audience response. 10:30 PM the band went into “Leopard” – with a Kinks/Paul Revere & The Raiders chord-riff the drums, bass and guitar providing a frontal assault for Kyte’s vocals – think Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick meets Susan Boyle. Concise and smart hard pop with elegant guitar lines even sharper in the cement-floor confines of Club Bohemia. Kyte holds the notes extra high and long with drummer Ben Thompson pounding away a la David McLean of Boston’s legendary Boom Boom band. At 10:34 came “No Shame” followed by “Quarter To 3” (not the 1961 song by Gary “U.S.” Bonds).
“Supersonic” – track 5 from the band’s Armageddon Party CD was more boom boom sounds, and splashy quasi-psychedelic guitar grooving from Dan Inzana. Some of the foundation sounds borrowed from the Bob Ezrin production of Alice Cooper’s Killer lp. “Supersonic…histrionic…I don’t know which way to go.” Maybe a bit of the New York Dolls “Frankenstein” in there to boot.
“Bradford” followed at 10:46 PM, and the group dedicated it to the Boston scene’s fallen solider, Anderson Lyn Mar. The heartfelt vocal glided perfectly over liquid guitar. Melt is a perfect name for the music, a great Fender sound that cuts through the hard-hitting rhythm section.
A lovely cover of Portishead’s Glory Box changed the pace at 10:51 PM. Picture Marilyn Manson’s “The Dope Show” put in a dreamier state.
GLORY BOX Portishead
“Grind”, the eighth song of the evening at 10:55 PM had a sort of Tommy James “I Think We’re Alone Now” undercurrent, nuts and bolts no-nonsense rock. “Babble On” featured a repeating guitar strum line over a bit of jass fusion. The title track, Armageddon Party” (see video below from another show) was a cosmic assault, a bit more in your face than the CD rendition with “Draggin’ closing out the evning at 11:06, a bit of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” but tightly packed in the vacuum container with more Kinks/Paul Revere & Raiders power added to it. A solid night and a revelation as this is one of Boston’s best kept musical secrets.