13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a promising debut, Denver quartet Meese effortlessly traverse from guitar-laden indie pop (like the chiming opener “Forward Motion”) to melodic piano-based ballads (such as the cascading “Taking the World On”), to four-on-the-floor dance pop (as heard on the standout track “Next In Line”), all while retaining a distinctive sound that is unmistakably theirs. Meese’s first album oozes with the kind of endearing post-adolescent tunes that you’d expect to hear in the soundtrack to a hip romantic comedy like Juno or Knocked Up. Singer Patrick Meese inflects with a demure boyish tone somewhat similar to the range of Thomas Mars from Phoenix or Xavier Boyer of Tahiti 80, though his songs are more immediately catchy and conducive to road-trip singalongs. After winning his battle with an addiction to club drugs in the ‘90s, Patrick retained a healthy affinity to airtight rhythm-driving choruses that give many of these songs infectious, danceable beats. Even catchy guitar based songs like “Bonfire” lean on toe-tapping rhythms that grow into a pulse-pumping and begging-for-festive grooving.  

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a promising debut, Denver quartet Meese effortlessly traverse from guitar-laden indie pop (like the chiming opener “Forward Motion”) to melodic piano-based ballads (such as the cascading “Taking the World On”), to four-on-the-floor dance pop (as heard on the standout track “Next In Line”), all while retaining a distinctive sound that is unmistakably theirs. Meese’s first album oozes with the kind of endearing post-adolescent tunes that you’d expect to hear in the soundtrack to a hip romantic comedy like Juno or Knocked Up. Singer Patrick Meese inflects with a demure boyish tone somewhat similar to the range of Thomas Mars from Phoenix or Xavier Boyer of Tahiti 80, though his songs are more immediately catchy and conducive to road-trip singalongs. After winning his battle with an addiction to club drugs in the ‘90s, Patrick retained a healthy affinity to airtight rhythm-driving choruses that give many of these songs infectious, danceable beats. Even catchy guitar based songs like “Bonfire” lean on toe-tapping rhythms that grow into a pulse-pumping and begging-for-festive grooving.  

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About Meese

Denver, CO-based modern rock quartet Meese were formed in early 2005 by Ohio native and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Meese, after his brother Nathan followed his sibling out west to pursue a career in music. After immersing themselves in the scene, the brothers brought in drummer Benjamin Haley and guitarist Mike Ayars from popular local act For the Holiday and began crafting songs for an EP. By 2007 the band's signature blend of dance-punk, emo-pop, and straight-up modern rock had found its way to highly touted local rock station KTCL/93.3-FM, igniting a major-label bidding war that saw the quartet signing with Atlantic Records. By the end of the year, fellow Denver rockers the Fray (who had opened for Patrick's previous band) caught fire and decided to take Meese along for the ride, resulting in enough national exposure to build anticipation for the group's major-label debut, Broadcast, which was released in 2009 and produced by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Depeche Mode). ~ James Christopher Monger

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    Denver, CO

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