The Melismatics

Passion. Irony. Weirdness. Melody. These are some of the core elements of The Melismatics’ sound that has been developed over the past decade through intense recording, heavy touring, and an inhuman intake of caffeinated beverages. With six albums under their belt thus far, The Melismatics have been constantly evolving their own stylings of post-punk and indie-rock.

Their latest release, Rising Tide (released 10/1/13 on Pravda Records) is a concept album that follows the life of a 21st Century man through birth, high expectations, loss, social exile, and redemption. This record explores new musical territory for the band, illuminating previously less-apparent influences like Brian Wilson and EDM. Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star produced 7 of the tracks on Rising Tide, while Melismatics founder Ryan Smith handled production duties on 4 songs, including the title track.

At the center of The Melismatics sound are the duo lead vocals of husband/wife team of Ryan and Pony Smith. Ryan is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, and the primary songwriter for The Melismatics. Pony is an intense and flamboyant performer who was raised by deaf parents, which may have led to her extensive use of histrionics onstage. Mark Wade is the backbone of the group with his angular bass lines and rugged good looks, which often get him mistaken for David Duchovny. Ron Caron is quite literally the heartbeat of the group with his creative drumming that make it nearly impossible to not “get up and shake it.”

The Melismatics’ live show has become known for its extremely high energy and infectious passion that has been responsible for connecting the band with many of the stellar people they’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. Back in 2003 Minneapolis indie-rock kingpin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums. New Infection and Turn It On.

Renowned producer John Fields caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce The Acid Test (CC Entertainment/E1 Music 2008) as well as mix MANIA! (Pravda Records 2012) and Rising Tide. Ryan collaborated with Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Adele) on the track “Out Of Your Mind,” from MANIA! which received airplay on the legendary LA station KROQ.

Chances are, you can hear The Melismatics on a TV near you. They have had their music featured on many programs including MTV’s The Hills, The City, Laguna Beach, Friendzone, Punkd, NBC’s Windfall, Animal Planet’s Jockeys, TeenNick’s Degrassi, and they’ve played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ. Someday, they may be sleeping on YOUR couch.

Past Shows


Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club
Nov
29
th
2019
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Annie and the Bang Bang, MAD RIPPLE HOOT FOR SLIM, Al Church and more!
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with The Bad Man, D8MCHILD, FURY THINGS and more!
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
9
th
2017
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with Eleganza!, Early Eyes, The Bad Man and more!
Dec
3
rd
2016
Turf Club
Dec
3
rd
2016
Turf Club

Green Room Music Source 10 Year Anniversary

with The Melismatics, Ruby Isle, Gaelynn Lea and more!
Nov
25
th
2016
Turf Club
Nov
25
th
2016
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Eleganza!, TABAH and more!
Feb
5
th
2016
Turf Club
Feb
5
th
2016
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with The Melismatics, Catsax and Lunch Duchess
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Al Church, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band and more!
Apr
24
th
2015
Turf Club
Apr
24
th
2015
Turf Club

BNLX

with The Melismatics, The Stress of Her Regard, Stereo Confession and more!
Jan
9
th
2015
7th St Entry
Jan
9
th
2015
7th St Entry

The Melismatics

with Two Harbors and Stereo Confession
Dec
17
th
2014
7th St Entry
Dec
17
th
2014
7th St Entry

Soul Asylum

with The Melismatics
Nov
28
th
2014
Mainroom + Entry
Nov
28
th
2014
Mainroom + Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Two Harbors, BNLX and more!
Nov
29
th
2013
Mainroom
Nov
29
th
2013
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Ol' Yeller, The Blackberry Brandy Boys and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Fattenin’ Frogs, Red Daughters, Blue Ruin and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Pink Mink, John Swardson and more!
Mar
12
th
2011
Mainroom
Mar
12
th
2011
Mainroom

A BENEFIT FOR GRANT HART

with The Alarmists, DAVE PIRNER (Soul Asylum), The Magnolias and more!
Feb
10
th
2011
7th St Entry
Feb
10
th
2011
7th St Entry
Aug
25
th
2010
Mainroom
Aug
25
th
2010
Mainroom

MACCA- A Tribute To Paul McCartney

with The Melismatics, Blue Sky Blackout and WHITE LIGHT RIOT (Reunion Show)

More Shows

Apr
23
rd
7th St Entry

Powerglove

with Immortal Guardian
Jun
5
th
7th St Entry

A Wilhelm Scream

Mar
12
th
Turf Club

Suzanne Santo

May
15
th
Turf Club

Hatchie

with Caroline Loveglow