Future unknown, the model currently on display is the combined effort of a band in the making since 2011 when songwriter and vocalist Ryan T. Jacobs first debuted Melville at Portland staple the LaurelThirst Pub. Since then, he’s found not just a steadfast lineup but also a family in band members Tim Skerpon (drums) and Thomas Yates (bass).
As the band grows together interpersonally, so will the music transform sonically. Founded on openness and a collaborative spirit, there’s a tangible longevity to Melville that begs the four-piece to explore and discover new layers to its sound.
Melville’s introductory offering, Maquette, was recorded at Type Foundry Studios with Adam Selzer (M. Ward, Sallie Ford, Blind Pilot, The Decemberists, Peter Buck of R.E.M., She & Him) and mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion (Typhoon, Nurses, Horse Feathers, Blue Cranes), and has garnered radio play on Portland stations like KINK, KNRK and KZME. For now, Maquette is the base layer—but Melville will be charting a fresh course from here.
Melville are currently in the studio with Gregg Williams (The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper, Sheryl Crow, etc) working on the follow-up to Maquette.