Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Philanthropy only 2nd to rock for VA band

Most independent bands are too busy struggling to entertain the idea of raising funds for a charity outside of playing the occasional benefit concert or donating a track. But, Virginia rock outfit Melodime, who plays the Double Door Friday with Courier, is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of its new album "Where the Sinners & Saints Collide" to a non-profit organization it started called Now I Play Along.

Now I Play Along Too puts instruments into the hands of underprivileged children, orphans, and victims of disaster. It also offers those children music education. The band members were actually recipients of a similar program growing up, so Now I Play Along Too is, in a sense, coming full circle.

The album was funded via (similar to Kickstarter) by fans who were aware that the proceeds from the album would go to this charity. The band raised nearly $40,000. There is quite a bit of information about the project on the funding page here including why the band decided to start its own foundation instead of donate to a established one and its members history of charity work in other countries.

"Where the Sinners & Saints Collide" - Melodime's sixth release - follows that same idea of uplifting and overcoming with a post grunge, Southern modern rock feel. It was produced by Rick Beato who has worked with NeedtoBreathe, Shinedown, and Crossfade and, like NeedtoBreathe, Melodime lyrically straddles the line between mainstream and Christian rock. You can learn more about the band here

Tickets for Friday's show are $8-$10. Music starts at 9 p.m. Now I Play Along Too is online here