The Melt Dunes
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The Melt Dunes, 27th April 2018, The Bassment, Chelmsford.

Once again to my favourite music venue in Chelmsford, The Bassment. This was to see a Wet Dream Records night with the Melt Dunes topping a four band bill. As usual I missed the first three bands, one of which was the Magic Seas, a fine band who I have seen several times before but they were on very early. I did receive good feedback about the other two groups, Ghost Music and Drugstore Romeo’s, all this for £7. My loss for not seeing them though, but I just can’t resist the nice beer served by the Railway Tavern.

I have never seen or heard of the Melt Dunes before but I was tempted by a fantastic poster, so who says advertising doesn’t work. To say I liked them a lot is an understatement, I thought they were very good. Ever so loud and if I was pretentious I could say they painted a psychedelic landscape built up of soaring guitar riffs. Luckily I am not but they were pretty fantastic and took me back to the late 80’s when I thought psych was the only thing that mattered. They reminded me a bit of the Stooges, MC5 crossed with the Spacemen 3 but with a bit more meat on it. As I said they were very loud, violently so but the band have a great chemistry made up of guitars, bass, thunderous drums and synth. I didn’t know any of the songs till the end with a great cover of the Stooge “No Fun.” I will go and see them again and highly recommend them, all my chums enjoyed them. The bad news was I rushed home to try and find my copy of Perfect Prescription by the Spacemen 3 but couldn’t find it. The good news was I got a poster.

Please try and support the live music scene and pubs in Chelmsford. There is so much going on but it will shut down unless you go.


Duncan, April 2018