MELONBALL: Breathe: LP/CD

May 15, 2023

Melonball hails from Nuremburg, Germany and, fortunately, its members openly acknowledge the band name is “dorky.” This is the band’s first album and one based around a high-energy melodic, skate punk sound. The songs are invigorating, with clean guitars and snapping drums, but the cherry on top is provided by Oli, whose vocals are sublime and are the one thing from the time they kicked in had me hook, line, and sinker. I also have to give Melonball huge credit for the inclusion of a cover of The Outfield’s “Your Love,” a bland U.K. chart song from 1985, given a new, and much improved, lease on life here. I don’t care about the dorky name, Melonball rules. –Rich Cocksedge (Lockjaw, [email protected], lockjawrecords.co.uk / Thousand Islands, [email protected], thousandislandsrecords.com)

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