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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide'
Artist - Melodime

MELODIME, a rock band that blends haunting bittersweet melodies with emotionally rich vocals atop a bed of country-tinged Southern-flavored alt rock, have just released its album, Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide. Released in a deluxe edition (with six new songs) it also includes a new band member!

Out now on Rock Ridge Music, the album was actually fully funded by their loyal and ever-growing fan base during their “Make an album, change a life” campaign. Donating 100% of the profits from album sales to a non-profit foundation they started called, Now I Play Along Too - which provides musical instruments and education for orphans, victims of disasters, and underprivileged kids locally and around the world - MELODIME are making a statement with every imprint they make within this business.

The tuneful pop bounce of 'The Call, Pt. 1' is up first, and backed by both 'Halo' and 'Two Strikes.' The first over the latter, but only just, showcases lead singer's Bradley Rhodes' reach, and depth. Along with Sammy Duis (piano, bass, organ, guitar), Tyler Duis (drums, percussion) and Jon Wiley (guitar, mandolin, dobro, backing vocals), Melodime are a new force to be reckoned with, for sure.

Originally two brothers and a best friend who practiced in the hayloft of their farm outside Washington D.C. a few years later they're known to frequent some of the top music venues on the east coast. This wonderful album continues onwards with 'Framed Love-Suicide (Let You Go),' before backing that up with both 'Lullaby' and the quietly-brilliant, 'Little People.'

Another solid track on this great album is, 'Love Songs & Lies,' and that's backed by the pulsating country beat of 'Outlaws,' 'Red Light, Green Light,' and then both the angry 'Madman' and the gently acoustic, 'Ruby Reds.' Melodime, which means “melody” and “time” combined is the perfect name for this band and their music, trust me. Further proof of which can be found on 'City Of Nothing' and the playful 'Unconditional,' before the Virginia-based band bring forth 'The Half Of It.'

The deluxe album then comes to a close with 'Exit Signs,' the truly stirring 'Criminal (Let Me Go),' and then both the storytelling of the Irish-tinged 'Brothers,' and the second part (albeit nothing more than a slight reprise) of the opening track, 'The Call, Pt. 2.'