Howâ€™d The Show Go? â€¨by: sandieganliz
The Melodramatics from Redding, California came all the way down to San Diego and played at Gallagherâ€™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 Caliâ€™ beach-retro bassist, I couldnâ€™t help but be amused just by the appearance of this reggae/rock band. Their original songs were great and memorable, with songs like â€œPlaying It Cool,â€ which brought the punk/rock out. Another song, â€œUnder the Influence,â€ was a skanking rock. They played other original songs, but I didnâ€™t have a chance to get a set-list. They also played amazing covers too, such as Nine Inch Nailsâ€™ â€œCloser,â€ Eve 6â€™s â€œInside Out,â€ and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakersâ€™ â€œYou Donâ€™t Know How it Feels.â€
The band played three sets the entire night of Thursday, May 12th at Gallagherâ€™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!