The Meltdown, Melbourne’s purveyors of the finest country soul, are delighted to announce the release of their self-titled debut album through HopeStreet Recordings. Blending country, gospel and 60s soul, the result is a unique take on Australian soul music and a record full of life, energy and deeply felt storytelling.
With influences ranging from Father John Misty, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Alabama Shakes built above a steady foundation of southern soul music, this collection of stellar players have created a mesh of Stax and Motown with a healthy dose of the Nashville songwriting tradition. Making the song the focus, The Meltdown stay true to the common goal of the story and keep your attention on the honey-soaked tones of Simon Burke’s incredible voice.
“These songs have elegance and grace but also grit under their nails. Clothed in classic soul but accessorised by unique flourishes that thrill. Breaks my black heart.” – Tim Rogers
“Simon Burke has always known how to write a great tune!” – Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Double J)
“Dial back the tempo and let The Meltdown soothe you like only Sam Cooke or Solomon Burke could. This Melbourne ensemble has the sound and the conviction to help you reconcile your ways – softly and sweetly.” – Nick Rodwell (4ZZZ)
“I’ve followed The Meltdown’s career over the last few years, both as a dynamic live act and as a recording ensemble and they never fail to deliver! They swing, they groove, they rock and they roll, filling dance floors and spreading an irresistible vibe.” – Brian Nankervis (Rockwiz/ABC Local)