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|What does their name mean? I’ve only seen it capitalized. MEGO. Headline act the night we saw them, it was their CD release party. Also a heavy band, thankfully they avoid the “cookie-monster” style of vocals. I even had the chance to talk with them beforehand about that and though I thought I, with help from a friend of mine, coined that phrase, it’s either taken off quickly or we weren’t as creative as we thought. Seriously, I don’t mind a scream or power behind the vocals, and sometimes that growl is good and needed, it’s just that when it’s every time it really gets old quick.
All of that aside, MEGO is a good band. A good mix of clean vocals and a scream now and then, yet this night the vocals all seemed to be a bit muddy. Can’t totally blame the band on that one, it’s got to be the sound guy. MEGO is a two guitar band, with bass and drums and the singer is one of the guitarists. This show was for the release of their CD, called “Strung Up”, which I look forward to hearing.
I like the interplay between the guitars. That’s great and adds to their sound immensely. The bass rocks and the drummer, as I say often, he’s more than just a time keeper, he’s creative back there too. Their riffs are good and it’s not just chords and move on, so they’re more than just a straight-rock and roll band. They are heavier than most, it was a night of heaviness though.
The issue I had is that it seemed that there was no melody to the vocals. Not a follow-the-riff style that Ozzy did on songs like Iron Man, there was an attempt at melody, yet it got lost, either in the mix or in the presentation.
|This band consists of Josh Meyer on guitar and vocals, Travis Lakeman also on guitar, Joey Vernon as drummer and Justin Burkhead on bass. Â I enjoyed their sound. Â It is also a metal/grunge/garage sometimes has a sound that reminds me of Metallica and yet also in parts Nirvana. Initially they played some instrumental work then grew into other songs. Â I was impressed with the drummerâ€™s super fast beat, and I liked the harmonizing guitar work.
I find that the songs they played were vaguely familiar, but yet also of their own making. Â They had a slower song in the middle of their set that was pretty amazing with a very nice guitar solo. The vocal style is a good mix of yelling and singing, and overall very much what I would expect from this style of music. Â We saw them on CD release night, so they played a few of the new songs, which to me sounded a lot like they were channeling Nirvana, but yet also with their own style of guitar work.
I have to say that like what Josh Meyer is doing on vocals and that yes, Iâ€™d catch M.E.G.O. again sometime. Â If you like grunge, check them out.