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Melic’s live drive did spill over into this recording time in the end, despite the ‘clockwork’ routines the studio demands. 

“We found that no matter how rehearsed we were or how planned all the parts were, every track changed and came out slightly differently,” the frontman reveals.

Anywhere is slated for an August 5 release, with the band launching it at west London’s Bush Hall on August 1, before then taking the new tunes out to the masses. After all, these guys are not ones to let anything keep them from the road. 

“We were performing in Christchurch [recently] and were due in Wellington the next day, but we woke up to a snowstorm – all flights cancelled,” Hitchcock recalls of a particularly fraught gig that called on all the band’s resolve. 

“We hired a four-wheel drive for the five-hour road trip northbound through the snow and made our way up the coast, talking our way through road blocks to Blenheim (top of the North Island) where we squeezed into a tiny single-engine plane to cross the strait. It was pretty rock ‘n’ roll.

“There were some pretty bad taste references to La Bamba [the song made famous by Ritchie Valens in 1959 before his death in the plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly] being thrown about as the plane bounced around in the turbulence, but we made it!”

Surviving their brush with danger at several thousand feet hasn’t diluted Melic’s thirst for touring. “We’ll be playing all over the UK [this summer],” Hitchcock says excitedly, with the anticipation of taking the new tracks out on tour clear to see.  

And seemingly unperturbed by their dalliances with rock ‘n’ roll’s aero-peril history, he adds: “And we’d love to get back out to New Zealand and Oz again, and maybe a couple of dates in Asia and the US while we’re travelling.”

This summer is Melic’s moment, their hard work and five-year slog taking them to exactly this point now – the launch of the first long player, which you’ll be able to check out at our birthday bash at Koko on the 28th. 

“We’ll run through many of the songs from the album,” Hitchcock says of their plans for TNT’s 30th birthday show. “Might do a bit of a jam – we’ll see you there!” 

 

Melic play TNT’s 30th Birthday Party, headlined by Ash Grunwald, June 28. Koko. £15. There’ll also be huge travel giveaways on the night, including an Oktoberfest trip for two and Busabout flexi trips. But you have to be there to win!   

1a Camden High St, NW1 7JE   
tntmagazine.com/30thbday  

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Debut album An Hour To Anywhere is out August 5 through Beatnik Geek Records.


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