Melodime: A Local Band
The word “melodime” cannot be found in a dictionary, but it is the name of a new and thriving local alternative rock band. The band defines the word as “memories in the form of sound,” like when one hears a song or simply a sound, and it brings them back to something they remember.
The band’s members, Bradley Rhodes and Brothers Sammy and Tyler Duis, grew up on a farm in Leesburg, Virginia. They learned to play music in the hayloft of a family-owned barn, far enough away from the house that they would not disturb their family or neighbors. Although they came from a modest background, the band members have begun to make a name for themselves in the music industry.
The band has performed on local stages such as the 9:30 Club in the District, the State Theatre in Falls Church, IOTA Music Club in Clarendon, and Jammin’ Java in Vienna. They have also shared the stage with other popular artists such as Matt Nathanson and The Ready Set. Although they are not performing in the area again for a while, they are worth keeping on your summer music radar. “As a threesome …the band doesn’t sound spare. Its members are multi-instrumentalists, and they craft intricate yet never showy settings for songs that range from jaunty and yearning to the inevitable detours into reggae and funk. Melodime’s heart is not in question, but what really distinguishes the band is its craft,” said Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post. Melodime may not be the most-played band on the radio, but it’s worth more than just a single listen!