The Melodramatics

How’d The Show Go? 
by: sandieganliz

The Melodramatics from Redding, California came all the way down to San Diego and played at Gallagher’s in Ocean Beach. This four-piece band was entertaining as well as diverse. With a mohawk singer/guitar player, a trombone/keyboard player, a drummer with a checkered snare, and a North Cali’ beach-retro bassist, I couldn’t help but be amused just by the appearance of this reggae/rock band. Their original songs were great and memorable, with songs like “Playing It Cool,” which brought the punk/rock out. Another song, “Under the Influence,” was a skanking rock. They played other original songs, but I didn’t have a chance to get a set-list. They also played amazing covers too, such as Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Eve 6’s “Inside Out,” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “You Don’t Know How it Feels.”

The band played three sets the entire night of Thursday, May 12th at Gallagher’s where they have a reggae band every week. All guys displayed good show performance, but I really liked how the drummer concentrated on his drum-playing; especially during the punk/rock songs. Shirts and CDs were set up next to the stage, and I was really impressed to see four albums out. Overall, The Melodramatics is a great punk/rock band with nice skanking effects!

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