Coun­try/rock band Melodime will per­form at JJ's Bo­hemia.

Melodime uses al­bum to fund in­stru­ments for un­der­priv­i­leged

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While most bands form with dreams of fame, for­tune and No. 1 hits, Melodime has a big­ger goal in mind.

“We want to do some­thing with our lives be­yond the mu­sic to show peo­ple that you don’t have to be fa­mous to make an im­pact in this world,” says Bradley Rhodes, who sings and plays gui­tar for the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.- based coun­try- rock band along with broth­ers Sammy and Tayler Duis.

Melodime will play JJ’s Bo­hemia on Mon­day, Oct. 15, the first of two backto- back nights of shows by up-and-com­ing bands. Tues­day, Oct. 16, livetron­ica band Par­ti­cle stops at JJ’s on its tour in sup­port of new al­bum, “Ac­cel­er­a­tor.”

Melodime’s al­bum “Where the Sin­ners & the Saints Col­lide” was fan- funded by a 30- day cam­paign with the slo­gan, “Make an al­bum, change a life.” The band is do­nat­ing 100 per­cent of prof­its from al­bum sales to a foun­da­tion they started called Now I Play Along, Too. The foun­da­tion pro­vides mu­si­cal in­stru­ments for or­phans, vic­tims of dis­as­ters and un­der­priv­i­leged kids.

In their own way, they are pay­ing for­ward a kind­ness shown the Duis fam­ily.

“Sam and Tyler’ s great-grand­fa­ther grew up in a poor fam­ily with five broth­ers, with lit­tle money for food, let alone any­thing ex­tra for en­ter­tain­ment. Then one day, an anony­mous per­son came to the door, knocked, and when they an­swered, five in­stru­ments were left on the front porch. Each of the broth­ers picked an in­stru­ment and learned how to play, even­tu­ally im­prov­ing to make quite a name for them­selves as town mu­si­cians and were able to pro­vide for their fam­ily,” ex­plains Rhodes.

Now, the legacy is car­ried on through the band, whose name is a mash-up of “melody” with “time” to sig­nify mem­o­ries in the form of sound. The guys are putting in­stru­ments into the hands of peo­ple who would’ve never been able to af­ford them.

That theme of com­ing to­gether, re­gard­less of dif­fer­ences, to do some good will be heard in tracks on “Where the Sin­ners & the Saints Col­lide.”

“The al­bum car­ries strong themes of re­demp­tion and has songs about pick­ing your­self up from your boot straps, us­ing those past mis­takes and fail­ures to make your­self a bet­ter per­son to help peo­ple who may be lost and bro­ken, so to speak,” says Rhodes.

Just three weeks af­ter Par­ti­cle re­leased “Ac­cel­er­a­tor,” the band will play their new mu­sic in Chat­tanooga. Par­ti­cle — which has been com­pared to elec­tronic duo Daft Punk — was one of the pi­o­neers of livetron­ica and built a rep­u­ta­tion on wildly en­er­getic jam shows. Mu­sic fans at the 2003 Bon­na­roo may re­mem­ber Par­ti­cle’s six- hour late- night set at the fes­ti­val.

It’s been 14 years since Par­ti­cle re­leased an al­bum. Dur­ing that time vo­cal­ist/ key­boardist Steve Molitz played with sev­eral acts and scored more than a dozen sound­tracks for video games. Among those: “Shaq Fu: A Le­gend Re­born,” “NBA Play­ground” and “World War Z.”

In ad­di­tion to Molitz, Par­ti­cle in­cludes Clay Par­nell, bass; Kito Boven­schulte, drums; and Michael Daum, vo­cals, gui­tar and keys.


Par­ti­cle re­leased “Ac­cel­er­a­tor” on Sept. 21.

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