From the Borough of Col. Tyng Himself comes a new rock sound that, if bottled and mass produced, COULD SAVE THE WORLD!
With the April 2014 release of their first full-length album Frenetics, psychedelic indie-rockers Fiesta Melon established themselves as pioneers of an exciting new sound. Fusing rock guitar with dance beats, synthesizers and samplers, Fiesta Melon creates catchy, honest songs—suggesting a range of influences from Talking Heads and Ween to David Bowie and The Police—via memorable hooks, lush harmonies and textured soundscapes.
Recorded at Q Division Studios (Pixies, Skrillex, Fountains of Wayne) in Boston, MA and The Space in Lowell, MA, Frenetics garnered great reviews and regional radio play, helping to grow the profile of this new group.
Formed in Boston, MA in 2013, Fiesta Melon is the brain-child of Keith Valcourt (singer/bass) and Justin Pilat (singer/guitars/keyboards); friends and musical conspirators since they were fourteen years old. Having spent years creating music together, Keith and Justin share a passion for connecting with people through music and have an uncanny knack for complementing each others’ stylistic leanings. With the addition of Kevin Madden (singer/guitars/synth) and Ryan Allgrove (drums), who have also been friends since their teen years, the bands’ sound coalesced as these four “Melons” each brought their unique skills to the mix. Fiesta Melon quickly began gaining a local buzz attributed to their fun, high-energy live performances with improvisational tendencies that often include unexpected twists and turns; keeping audiences engaged and waiting to find out what is coming next.
In late 2015, after a year of steady expansion and growth, the Melon added piano/keyboard extraordinaire Mark Fabrizio into the fold as the bands’ sound evolved and arrangements became more dynamic and complex. Fabrizio’s playing has added a layer of depth to the Melon sound that ranges from subtle and dynamic to raw and powerful.
Honing their craft of performance, Fiesta Melon has played successful shows throughout New England, sharing the stage with national acts like Rustic Overtones, Formula 5 and Organically Good Trio (Slightly Stoopid, Max Creek), as well as local favorites like Otis Grove, Freevolt, Amulus, People Skills, Superfrog, Todo Bien and more.
In early 2017, Fiesta Melon took a fresh crop of new material into the studio to begin work on their second full-length album, An Excellent Accelerant. Going back to Q Division Studios once again to lay down the basic tracks, the Melon recorded the rest of the album at 9B Studio in Milford MA with Toft Willingham (Spiritual Rez).
Released in August 2017, An Excellent Accelerant demonstrates Fiesta Melon’s collective growth as a band; raising the creative bar and showcasing their songwriting versatility while never straying too far from their unique brand of rock. From hook-laden, radio friendly anthems (Awkward Moments, Umchaboogie), and Reggae-tinged ballads (I’m Tired, Dynamite Boy) to epic sea shanties (Captain, the Kraken) and twisting prog-rock adventures (Lost & Found, Lil’ Sebastian), the 12 tracks on An Excellent Accelerant are an exciting ride from beginning to end.
With a growing fan-base and a new album out, Fiesta Melon continues to build on the do-it-yourself ethos of the modern independent artist. Committed to spreading the good word of the Melon to the masses, Fiesta Melon will be playing more live shows in 2018 than any previous year and marketing/promoting the new album extensively in the coming months. Come out to a show and say hello!
What the press is saying about Fiesta Melon
“…Up next after a short break was Fiesta Melon. This quartet features:
JUSTIN PILAT – Guitar, Vocals, Keys; KEITH VALCOURT – Bass, Vocals; RYAN ALLGROVE – Drums; and MARK FABRIZIO – Keyboards, vocals. The band is tight and at times light in mood and feeling, with a bit of humor and levity in their material. They are excellent musically and definitely come from a Burlington jam band feel (though they hail from Boston) with sometimes silly lyrics and a generally jaunty vibe. The thing that I liked best was that the vocals often times were all three members singing at the same time, giving a united front and a strong feel to the material.”
— Live Music News and Review (2018)
“Fiesta Melon is a refreshing treat that will leave you wanting more.”
“(Frenetics) grabs you from the first track and holds your attention until the last”
“…honest and personal lyrics are seasoned with well thought out harmonies, inventive arrangements, and succinct, tasty, powerful, and thoroughly appropriate guitar solos that display a craftsmanship rarely seen.”
“…the listener will find Talking Heads/Pixies inventiveness, Panic! At the Disco melodicism, dashes of Motörhead style ’70s hard rock/punk, and nods to classic ’80s garage bands that will please Bostonians who were active during that era.”
– Marc Friedman – The Noise, Boston, October 2014
“Fiesta Melon releases Frenetics and the crowd goes F@#% wild!”
– Full Scene Ahead, May 2014
“…a highly inventive set of originals…”
“…catchy, trippy melody lines ala ever-subtle synthesizer lines that don’t give up and outstanding lead guitar work.”
“The best tracks are radio ready-to-roll: the wacky “Atomic Tangerine”, the hook filled “Upper Lip Bite Test” and the quantified new age rocker “Hit me on the Run”…Good stuff man!”
– Metronome Magazine, July 2014
“The uncontrollable urge to urge to smile and wink back are completely normal…brought on by the raucous brand of indie rock that (Fiesta Melon) blasted at the Rosebud crowd.”
– – KC Hoye – UNregular Radio Blog 2013