Every day I search for moments that bring me joy in the midst of this ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. Some days it’s tough to find my smile, but this week I’m grinning widely as there is new music from San Antonio’s Memory of a Melody. This month, the Texas quintet has dropped its first new music in years in the form of a 3-track EP, Burn Alive. The songs are packed with the heavy and melodic modern metal fans have come to expect from the group that blew our minds with their 2011 album, Things That Make You Scream. 2012’s Mouthful of Razors, and 2013’s Phantom’s and Shadows.
MOAM is now more than a decade old, but they’ve been on a hiatus for almost seven years. Vocalist Mario Galdos, bassist Joel Martinez, drummer Robin Lopez, and guitarists Wade Sigue and Roel Castillo are back, and while it’s only three new tracks, it is certainly fantastic to hear their new stuff. Like many unsigned (and even signed) bands, life got in the way of the music and time passed by. As Galdos shares, the seeds of the EP’s first single “Mary Go Round” have been around since 2013, but it was while watching Bohemian Rhapsody with his wife that the urge to create music again really took hold. Around the same time Castillo dropped the riff for “Burn Alive” on his brothers, and Sigue picked up the torch and ran with it. That was the beginning of the guy’s Blues Brothers, “we’re getting the band back together” story.
Check out a teaser for the band’s upcoming video for “Mary Go Round”:
Memory of a Melody spent more than a year putting Burn Alive together and hopefully this is just the beginning of a rebirth for the band.
“I think all of us are always in the process of writing new stuff, new tunes and ideas, and we’ll see if they make it to the table,” Mario offered in a recent Facebook Live post.
“I’m kind of back in that create flow right now,” Wade added. “It’s really easy with everything going on right now to have something to say. Life’s been really good for me the last few years, and it’s hard to write when you’re happy. I’m happy. It’s crazy this EP came out the way that it did, cause I love the EP. The whole Corona Virus thing has definitely given us some perspective on the world, on our lives, on ourselves, on society, on the government, and it’s given us a lot of things to think about. When the world just puts the material in front of you, it’s hard not to use it.
The Burn Alive EP is rounded out by what Wade refers to as an 80’s “cock rock” anthem, “Rise Up”. As the story goes, he, Roel and Mario had watched Motley Crue’s The Dirt, and decided:
“Let’s just write something fun. Something senseless – a party song. I’m a huge fan of 80’s rock, and this was my opportunity. It was one of the most fun songs I think I’ve ever written.”
Memory Of A Melody worked with a great crew on the Burn Alive EP, including:
-Drums and Rhythm Guitars Produced by: Bryan Scott
-Mix, Engineering and Digital Editing by: Todd “Taz” Anthony Osterhouse at Blue Ocean Music Group
-Mastered by Anthony Focx, who has also worked with Metallica, Steven Tyler, Ace Frehley, Shinedown, and more.
You can get your ears on Burn Alive through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other platforms, and keep in touch with the guys here: