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Melys were a Welsh band, much loved by the legendary DJ John Peel. Core members were Andrea Parker (vocals), Paul Adams (guitar and keyboards), Carys Jones (keyboards) and Gary Husband. Between 1996 and 2005 they released a total of five full length albums plus numerous other recordings. Their debut album, ‘Rumours and Curses’, came out in 1998 on Arctic/Pinnacle records, but the band’s relationship with the label turned sour, and in 1999 they formed their own label, Sylem Records, on which their second full length album, ‘Kamikaze’, came out in 2000. In common with their debut album ‘Kamikaze’ attracted critical acclaim, as did the 2002 follow-up ‘Suikerspin’ (which is Dutch for candy floss). Fittingly for a band championed almost from the outset by greatly loved BBC DJ John Peel the single from this album called ‘Chinese Whispers’ was voted number one in Peel’s Festive Fifty at the end of the year. The band’s final two albums were ‘Casting Pearls’ (2003) and ‘Life’s Too Short’ (2005), the latter of which was dedicated to Peel, who had died in October of the previous year.

More egalitarian and open than many bands, Melys attracted impassioned support, with Andrea Parker suggesting that this was because whereas “With a lot of bands you get ‘we are the band, you are the fans’ … with us the fans have become friends. They become part of Melys in a weird kind of way. We’re not up on a pedestal at all! If you like us, come and have a chat with us.”

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  • x_mj13_x

    My all time favourite band... my decision to go to uni in Cardiff 10 years ago was 50% down to being able to see Melys play :-)

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • J_Spears

    Can't go- you meanies made it an over-18 event only. I'm like 17 and a half... can't I just sneak in? :P

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TheAlexH

    Melys are back! Gig - September 30th. :D

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • TheAlexH

    I just recommended Melys to Husky Rescue fans and now I'm recommending Husky Rescue to Melys fans. The vocals remind me of Andrea at times, and the music isn't too far apart...Ghost is Not Real is sort of filling in the no new material gap of Melys!

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    likey it, likey it

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • tonelrac

    I bought Suikerspin on the back of John Peels festive 50 and it was one of the best buys I ever made - pity they're not making music anymore!

    26 Aug 2008 Reply
  • NettieStrauch

    They are absolutely fab! Yn dda iawn - and I agree - underrated!

    15 Aug 2008 Reply
  • doctor_dee

    so underrated, such a shame...

    3 Oct 2007 Reply
  • TheAlexH

    I asked Rich from Melys (who now has his own band called The Peakz) a while ago; Andrea was pregnant with child number 3 and they'd just bought a second restaurant, meaning not much time for Melys stuff! A shame for us but sounds good for them. :)

    13 May 2007 Reply
  • GigLister

    I emailed their webmistress about 18 months ago and she didn't know. Hopefully they're hunkered down in Betws-y-Coed laying down some more amazing tracks. Chinese Whispers marks only the second (and last) time I ever voted in Peel's Festive 50

    23 Feb 2007 Reply
  • lastchancetosee

    I totally agree - I'd love to know what Melys are up to these days! Sadly their website gives no clues. They come up with some cracking tunes & Andrea Parker is one of my favourite singers.

    23 Nov 2006 Reply
  • TheAlexH

    I think it's about time we heard some news about a new Melys album...

    3 May 2006 Reply

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