Australian four-piece ME will be releasing their debut album ‘Even The Odd Ones Out’ on Lizard King Records on 1st of March 2013 (Distribution: Rough Trade). The theatrical rockers have been causing a big fuss in the UK live circuit having played over a hundred shows already in 2012 and touring with the likes of Kasabian, Twin Atlantic and Panic! at the Disco, the latter tour seeing them play to 30,000 people in ten days. Since April ME have appeared on the bill of London’s legendary Camden Crawl and Brighton’s Great Escape Festival and have completed three more successful UK tours with King Charles, The Xcerts and Motion City Soundtrack.
ME are Luke Ferris (voice, guitar, piano), Damian Tapley (lead guitar), Michael Godde (bass) and Spike Rogers (drums). The band wanted a playful album title and one that offered several meanings. It also hints at the band’s diverse style making them hard to pin down musically. “We are a little in the odd ones out category” says frontman Luke. “I love big rock bands with killer riffs and grooves, but I also love great vocals, harmonies, orchestral works and bad ass choirs. So we have just thrown loads of different ingredients into the pot because they are the flavours we enjoy.” The 12 tracks on the album are the culmination of “five great years in Melbourne, surrounded by a thriving music scene and embracing musical community” says Luke.
The record opens with the twisted nursery crime theatrics of Hoo Ha ("Mirror, mirror, on the wall, a vain bunch aren't we all"), the band’s live opener and a track that really does set the tone of this epic, rock opera of an album. Vampire!! Vampire!! is less a homage to Twilight and more a straight up, three-minute head rush about the band’s hatred of reality television culture and specifically its creators. “Do yourself a favour, turn the television off, read a book or go support local live music”, offers Luke. Rock and Roll Dandy is a ridiculously catchy homage to past musical glories (or ‘like Suede gone to Download’ according to Q Magazine), steam punk magnum opus and live highlight Westward Backwards is the bands calling card and the frenetic Like A Fox was first featured on their debut EP Another Story High. Album closer Their Song is the band at their most delicate and gives the album an appropriate happy ending.
The album has been produced by ‘Barny’ Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap) and Grammy winning engineer Ian Dowling and the full track listing runs as follows: Hoo Ha; Trails In The Sky; Rock and Roll Dandy; Like A Fox; Westward Backwards; Carousel; Working Life; Under The Sun; Vampire!! Vampire!!; Choral; Your Favourite Colour; Their Song.
ME will be appearing on the main stage at Australia’s Big Day Out in January 2013. Details of a UK/Europe headlining tour in March will be announced shortly.
“ME look set to make a big splash…they sound huge, dramatic and unutterably exciting” Kerrang!