It could be shocking to some, however punk rock has all the time been a factor in Newport.
Begin up a dialog with an previous surfer they usually may let you know concerning the time the Ramones performed back-to-back nights within the metropolis in November 1976. There have been a ton of bands who abided by the rambunctious fashion that known as this place dwelling over time, however throughout the early aughts of the 2010s, one band that basically staked its declare was Meds.
The quartet of guitarist and co-vocalist Tom Berglund, lead guitarist Joe Lemerise, drummer Ziggy Coffey and bassist and co-vocalist Liz Woodard introduced a uncooked and amplified sound filled with power and vigor. After just a few years, their music has bodily illustration with their debut album Tumors that was made accessible to stream on Spotify on February 10.
The album was recorded at Summing Level in Newport throughout 2013 and there have been just a few issues the band aimed to perform whereas within the studio. One main objective was to seize what they bring about to a reside viewers and put it on a file.
“I believe there’s three parts of that,” Berglund stated about Meds needed to realize whereas making Tumors. “One is that we undoubtedly needed to emulate the reside sound. That’s why there’s no doubling on vocals and little or no overdubs apart from guitars. We needed to get throughout the depth, which our reside reveals had been at instances, so we needed to get that feeling within the file.
“The quantity two factor was we needed to problem ourselves as a band within the studio in making a full-length cohesive file that basically dictated who we have been whereas on the identical time utilizing the studio as a strong basis to have the ability to get the sounds we all know we needed with out an excessive amount of bother.
“I believe quantity three was, possibly principally for me, at that time I had by no means executed a full-length file particularly of my very own music in order that was an enormous a part of it.”
Making a full-length file isn’t any straightforward chore, Berglund stated.
“The expertise total was really actually satisfying for me, although,” he stated. “I had time within the studio previous to then as all of us had, apart from Liz. Being within the studio was form of snug, however with the ability to get my inventive imaginative and prescient out within the sense that I had an concept of what I needed and I assembled a solid of pals primarily to make the sound that I needed.
“Then after we went forward, it was very easy as soon as we have been within the studio. Ziggy knew his elements and knew what Joe and I needed in a drummer and what we have been on the lookout for.”
Lemerise’s abilities on guitar makes the album shine, and Berglund knew that proper from the get-go throughout the recording course of. Berglund additionally performs drums within the present Windfall and previously Newport based mostly indie rock act Silverteeth, with guitarist and co-vocalist Invoice Bartholomew and bassist and co-vocalist Gabi Rassi.
Evaluating how each bands function, there are minor opposites in method with the identical objective in thoughts.
“I gave Joe the inexperienced gentle to do no matter he thought was proper as a result of he’s a tremendous guitar participant so I knew that he’d put the icing on the cake,” Berglund stated about having Lemerise concerned. “From a manufacturing degree, I might say that it was useful within the sense that it confirmed me that I used to be appropriate in the truth that when you put the appropriate folks within the band, you’re going to get a stellar consequence out of that.
“Transferring on to what I do with Silverteeth, it’s an 180 diploma distinction. The way in which that Invoice, Gabi and I method songs may be very related in how we go about performing and perfecting these songs earlier than we begin recording them. In the case of recording, Meds made an effort to seize our reside sound whereas additionally having it’s listenable, whereas Silverteeth focuses on making it probably the most listenable with the reside facet being secondary. It’s not like both manner is fallacious, they’re simply completely different approaches.”
Concerning the long run, Meds haven’t performed a reside present since 2013 however don’t rely out a reunion. The band went on hiatus because of one of many members leaving Rhode Island and life occasions occurring, however these are clearly within the rearview with the potential of a present in a post-pandemic world having an opportunity of being a actuality.
“This file took a very long time to place out ,principally as a result of it’s a kind of out-of-sight-out-of-mind issues,” Berglund stated concerning the album and the state of the band. “Joe moved to Las Vegas form of abruptly, he informed us he was leaving and issues form of fell aside. After that, life will get in the best way and it took us eternally to get this file out principally due to the mastering which prices some huge cash.
“The credit score I would like is for the opposite musicians within the band, I listened to the uncooked tracks a lot and all of it sounded so good that I knew we needed to put this out. We managed to get the cash collectively to get it mastered and after doing all that there’s undoubtedly a chance of us enjoying once more, I don’t suppose both of us are towards it.”
“Joe joked just lately about doing a reunion present, which I might be all about,” Berglund stated. “I would like the outlet and I do know Ziggy has a bunch of his personal initiatives. Silverteeth has form of slowed down and Joe isn’t doing something in Vegas, he’d like to play so I believe if the chance took place I don’t suppose we’d ever say no. We by no means broke up as a band, I’ll simply go away it as that.”