“In everything we play we find our personal uniqueness within the song,” the members of The Mellow Relics told the Examiner. “We play the style of music, groove rock, because we have found the ability to bring together five completely different genres and create great music. We call it groove rock because in everything we play you can feel the energy and momentum of the beat, and whether you’re tapping your foot, bobbing your head or clapping your hands, you will always be grooving.”
While groove rock may not be an official genre of music, it is a fitting description of the Orlando band’s sound. The five band members, Travis Morrison (guitar/lead vocals), Patrick Sullivan (guitar/vocals), Joe Capati (saxophone/keys/vocals), Garin Thomas (bass) and Chris Jones (drums), came together from varied musical backgrounds and created their own special sound. “We owe our original music to the random musical sparks that we each have at different moments in time,” they said. “The beauty of having five musical backgrounds is that ideas are rarely stepped on in the interest of another version, but instead flourish because each and every person has a different perspective.”
The Orlando based band believes that their unrestrained music sets them apart from other bands and makes them standout from the crowd. “The music we create can vary in sound and style, quickly switching from a reggae feel to a blues feel and then into a rock feel all in one song,” said the band.
The members of The Mellow Relics maintain that music is trending toward shifting “feels” such as evidenced by the latest releases from the Zac Brown Band and Mumford and Sons. They said that through guest appearances and changing focus and instrumentation, these bands are “no longer adhering to one specific style of music. They’re evolving into bands that can play music for more than just a singular fan base. They’re evolving to broaden. What sets The Mellow Relics apart is that we are already a step ahead of everyone else. Our sets consist of anywhere from reggae to jazz to funk to rock. We play music that anyone, woman or man, old or young, will enjoy.”
“Being a successful band or musician is no longer solely based on skill and popularity,” said the band members about success in the music industry. “Music is and has always been a business. It is not that music is changing; it is that the business is. If you want to be successful you stay one step ahead of the next thing trending. You always keep playing and hold your dream strongly to the forefront of everything you do, every show you play, and every time you wake up. Most importantly, always enjoy what you’re doing no matter what. If you ever reach a moment where it is no longer fun, you’ve already failed. Always take a step back and look at what you’re doing.”
The Mellow Relics credit James Barker (Skin Deep, Barrage) with the best musical advice they’ve been given. “Play with heart, play with passion,” he told them. “Every time. Do not count on the crowd to give YOU energy. It’s your task to give them your energy. Play for 20 the same as you would for 2000. It’s not the 20’s fault the other 1980 didn’t show up.”
When asked about their favorite original song to play live the band said it is “Dr. P” and they went on to explain just what it is about that song. “While our entire set consists of bangers or power songs, this one always seems to be the one that gets us as a band going. We’ve noticed that the stage front is a mirror and the crowd will mimic our energy. As we enjoy playing ‘Dr. P’ by jamming, dancing and moving on stage, the crowd seems to take the same movements and join us in their seats.
“The song is also technically pleasing with multiple key, tempo, and style changes throughout. Our starts are as powerful as our stops and there is no moment where the beat is lost, but instead silence takes over. We once heard from someone that ‘it is not the notes that you play that are important, but the silence in between them’. We take this to heart with ‘Dr. P’ and pay special attention to every single measure of the song. Our parts converge and diverge as necessary. We’ve even heard that the song sounds like it could be used in a chase scene in a movie. Who doesn’t like a good action flick?”
“Our favorite cover song is the My Morning Jacket version of “Tyrone,” said the band members. “The original song by Erykah Badu is powerful and not many musicians have attempted to make an honest cover of it. Covering this song is our favorite not because of how incredible Erykah or My Morning Jacket’s versions are. It’s not our favorite because of how creative the dueling guitarists are. It’s not our favorite because of how the singer, Joe (saxophonist) belts the lyrics. It’s our favorite because of the emotion behind it. When we cover this song, we agree with Erykah, we follow in the footsteps of My Morning Jacket, and we, for a moment, share in a pain the entire crowd feels when listening to the song.”
The Mellow Relics are planning an EP release in August. The have chosen five songs that they feel showcase each band members ability as well as the many musical styles the band plays. “We’d call the album Go Ahead, Hit Repeat if we had to name it by our confidence,” they said.
The band members have a glass half empty glass half full outlook about the local music scene. “The Orlando music scene has declined in recent years,” they said. “For example, The Social used to be a venue for any and all local artists in the Orlando area. Nowadays, unless you’re known nationwide, getting a show set up there can be one of the most difficult things to do. This decline is not necessarily a bad thing though. It signifies that Orlando is yearning for the next big thing. The music scene here is waiting for the one band that will break the mold. The Mellow Relics are that band.”
The Orlando band formed in August of 2014 and has steadily built a loyal following. They have several upcoming shows throughout Florida for music fans to catch their live show:
Jul 03 InnTecc, Orange City
Jul 04 Band Shell at Lake Eola, Orlando
Jul 18 Little Fish Huge Pond, Sanford
Jul 24 Funky Treasure, De Land
Jul 25 Paddy’s of Winter Park, Winter Park
Aug 01 Funky Buddha, Boca Raton
Aug 04 Red Lion Pub, Winter Park
Aug 28 Orlando Brewery, Orlando