Kiwi band com­ing home for tour

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

Hav­ing played at nu­mer­ous English fes­ti­vals for the past few years Kiwi band Melic are ex­cited to re­turn to their home­land, es­pe­cially their home town of Mata­mata.

Melic are a four-piece funk and acous­tic rock band based in London, made up of Mata­mata’s very own An­drew Coogan, the band’s drum­mer and broth­ers Mark (gui­tar and vo­cals) and Steve Hitch­cock ( bass gui­tar and vo­cals).

Sax­o­phone and key­board player Romy Bylin was picked up along the way and Melic was formed in 2008.

The band will per­form in Hamil­ton in June. Other venues in­clude Auck­land, Tau­ranga, Welling­ton and Christchurch.

‘‘A large chunk of our fan-base is in New Zealand and we’ve had a bit of a boost with some air play on New Zealand ra­dio sta­tion, The Rock FM, so it would be silly not to have a New Zealand tour,’’ An­drew said.

The band have re­leased two EPS: Melic in 2009 and Nowhere I’d Rather Be in Fe­bru­ary. A third EP is due to be re­leased at the end of the year.

‘‘Twenty-twelve is shap­ing up as an­other big year for Melic,’’ An­drew said. ‘‘As soon as we get back from New Zealand we’ll be hit­ting fes­ti­val sea­son, along with do­ing a res­i­dency at the fa­mous Trou­ba­dour in Earls Court in London dur­ing the Olympics,’’ he said.

Melic will play at Al­ti­tude bar in Hamil­ton on June 8. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at un­der ther­adar.co.nz.

Good to be back: Mark and Steve Hitch­cock, An­drew Coogan and Romy Bylin from Melic are look­ing for­ward to their tour.

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