Interview: Mark Hitchcock of Melic

By on Wednesday, 7th August 2013 at 11:00 am
 

Eclectic indie rockers Melic have made the hard yards to their debut album launch with an unwavering and infectious positivity that pervades everything from their first EP, through to their finely tuned live show. Freshly baked after a rapturous welcome from old friends and new fans alike, lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Hitchcock took time out from the inevitable shindig to speak to our own Ben Parkinson about their album ‘An Hour to Anywhere’, on what was a sweltering evening in west London’s most ornate venue.

Do you think there’s one singular theme that runs through the entire album, or do you see your influences as more disparate?
I do think it’s pretty disparate, and I think that anyone that listens to it will agree. There’s definitely a middle ground found between the four of us, but not on any specific track. I think we want every song to get an element of pump or feel, and we want people to think – when they’re listening to the lyrics – “I know what he was meaning when he wrote that”.

Has your album launch lived up to your expectations? You must have been building up to it for a while!
It was very hot up there! It was bizarre. We had a film crew, we had photographers – all sorts in the room – and once we sorted out a few sound things at the start, we got into our stride. [It was] an amazing crowd; pretty hard not to feed of the energy of them, and by the end when they were all singing ‘Ting Tong’ – what an amazing moment! And, I think that summed it up for us; a lot of loyal fans in the audience, and they’ve followed us from the start. It’s great to have them here and to finally get a debut album out.

So, some of the tracks you’ve played tonight will come as a surprise to your longer serving fans?
We played three or four new songs, and they will have heard a few that they know. We decided to play some songs that weren’t on the album because we knew there were a lot of people here tonight that have been following us from the start. We did a few impromptu jams, and a few Melic kinda moments where we just want to show the crowd how much fun we’re having on stage, and take them with us.

What’s next for Melic then?
Well, we hope to get out there and play a heap more live shows. We want to tour around the UK and really get out of London. We’d love to get back to New Zealand and tour. They’re eagerly awaiting this album. We’re doing a separate launch for New Zealand and Australia, so we’d love to tour that area. I guess also, it’s such a long process recording that by the time it’s mixed and mastered, we’re working on the second album – or new songs at least. Singles? An EP? I don’t know, we’ll see what happens really. Watch this space! But, we still have a lot of fun together as a band, and there’s plenty for to come from Melic I think.

TGTF would like to thank Mark Hitchcock for postponing the celebrations for long enough to speak us, as well as David for arranging the meet-up.

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