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First London show since their barnstorming debut supporting Leslie West's Mountain.
The Melt actually made their London debut last month supporting the legendary Leslie West’s Mountain. So good was their performance that the band were offered a record deal (which they declined, wishing to remain independent), and also sold over 20 CD’s, which is a huge amount for a support band.
The self titled debut album is stunning, and the band’s live show featuring all their own material - a riff driven, harp led/guitar driven, melangue of Rock Blues - is arguably the most exciting to hit the live circuit for years.
The Melt are going places, and this Sunday’s Sutton gig is a pit stop to even greater things
The Melt (based in Skegness, Lincolnshire) was formed by Ash Wilson when he was 17, this being after he'd first picked up a guitar at the age of 14. He wanted to play the music he loves, rock and blues, influenced by the greats such as Hendrix, SRV, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Jimmy Paige, and latterly Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jon Amor, to name but a few. He undertook a diploma in Popular Music under the auspicious eye of Ray Fenwick (former guitarist with Ian Gillan and The Spencer Davies Band) where his love of music was cultivated. "To walk on stage, it's total fulfillment; it's what playing is all about".
Gavin Hill's influences range from Rick, Moon, Gadd, Chambers, and Derrick McKenzie to percussionist Sola Skingbola, who is currently coaching him.
Tom Latham is the funk man of the band. After completing his National Diploma in Popular Music (alongside Ash and Gavin) he departed to London to the Guitar Institute. When he returned, he replaced the bass player in Melt. He brings influences from Stewart, Zender, Mark King, Louis Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Bernard Edwards and John Paul Jones.
Trev Bettison is heavily into the Blues - his heroes include Sonny Boy Williamson, The Band, BB King and Led Zeppelin. He walked up to Ash in the street one day and said he had heard a band was being put together and that he could "play the harp a bit". He was asked to join and became the harp player and slide guitarist as well as adding some vocals.
Initially the band concentrated on improving their skills individually and as a band to develop their own style, so in the beginning the set consisted mainly of covers, but played and arranged differently from the originals. They used to call this process "Melt it" - hence the name. This formula increased their popularity and gave them the opportunity to play the Blues circuit and introduce their own songs.
In February 2003 they recorded their debut CD "The Melt". There are nine original tracks, all very different ranging from rock to blues and featuring an element of funk and jazz - drawing on a broad spectrum of styles. The one cover, "Stop Breaking Down" by Robert Johnson was included because it's a favourite at all the gigs. "The end result is just what I heard in my head all along", Ash says. "I like to go from one extreme to another, and I think we did that on this CD.