Future unknown, the model currently on display, is the combined effort of a band in the making since 2011. That’s when, newly returned stateside from a four year stint living in Berlin, songwriter and vocalist Ryan T. Jacobs first debuted Melville at Portland staple the LaurelThirst Pub. Since then, the band has performed many shows and had several highlights including having single Heart debuted at halftime of a sold out Portland Trailblazers game, playing at SXSW and sharing the stage with the likes of 3 Doors Down, Wilco side-project The Autumn Defense, Minor Alps, Murder by Death and Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper) among others.
Founded on openness and a collaborative spirit, there’s a tangible longevity to Melville that begs the band 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 full-length follow-up to Maquette, entitled The New Zero.