ok… so i need to get on a plane within the next 24 hours to get to this city in the rockies, but i must tell the story first. WHY AM I GOING TO DENVER?

To Share OOOM Film & Live

But also because of my special connections there…

Considering that i have never played in Denver with my own project (other than The Curiosa tour in 2004, but the magic of The Cure may have blinded most of the locals to the fact that i was there) and considering that i live in the North East and just came back from about 3 months of zig zag-ing east coast, west coast, europe and Volcanos, i do crave rest… BUT Denver is the place i want to be this weekend!

Years ago, i came across this magic six piece rock band from Denver, playing in a punk rock parking lot basically. they were VAUX and i’ve loved them ever since. an amazing band who toured harder and played harder than most i’ve ever seen, with HEART, great SONGS AND entirely and inspiringly self initiated DIY!!! we remained in touch over the years, and when i heard they had disbanded after an unfortunate wrestle with, YES a MAJOR LABEL…. it broke my heart, BUT i was determined to cross paths with them again…
Three of these six dedicated musicians, have been touring with me as my band, for the last year. We’ve been from Rome to Finland and Paris to Halifax. They are the best Holy Trinity i could’ve ever hoped for to help me out of my creative cocoon and back on stage. I feel supported and musically in tune with them- which inspired the recording of 22 Below on the album, AND spawned ISIS Speaks- a direct result being so inspired by our union. it’s the first song we wrote as a band- and the last song written and recorded for the album, one of my favorites. thank you….. and now:

Officially Introducing, all the way from Denver, Colorado:
The International Men of Leisure…

Christopher Jay Sorensen: on the guitar and race bike….

Adam Michael Tymn: on the other guitar and dirt bike…

and Michael Joseph McCahn: on the drums, paint brushes and tattoo needles (AND head of RED!)

We are playing Denver cause we WANT TO! we love to play music, there are friends and family to hug. sharing the stage with us at the Hi-Dive Saturday night is, The Swayback that Adam plays with AND Glass Hits, that another of the six VAUX-ers, Greg Daniels, plays in. This is our very own I LOVE VAUX AND DENVER PARTY… you should come!

for more amazing VAUX stuff check out greg’s impressive art books devoted to the magic years on the road…COOL ASS ART JOURNALS

(back in the punk rock parking lot days, the leisure boys WITH greg second from left)

meanwhile, watch the video for ARE YOU WITH ME, a song from their last album “BEYOND VIRTUE, BEYOND VISE” that made it to the end credits of a Travolta film this year (beating out my song THE KEY that was up for it too oddly!). here are the Intenational Men of Leisure virtually mingling with Grease Lightning and Paris!

more good vaux INFO HERE

enjoy and see you soon DENVER!

p.s. BONUS BONUS! OOOM film & video director TONY STONE is coming to denver for the occasion, cause he has a tribe of amazon women in his family climbing in those mountains! lots of colorado connections! x
p.p.s AND Lipgloss is hosting a fun friday night after FILM party for OOOM INFO HERE

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12 Responses to “DENVER, VAUX & ME: NOW!”

  1. Jen says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Thank you for introducing your band members! These guys are awesome- I saw you all perform in October (Bklyn).

  2. Greg says:

    For those interested (and if you are looking at this site, why wouldn’t you be interested?), Melissa will be holding a signing session at Mile High Comics on S. Colorado Blvd. this Saturday from 2- 3.

  3. Kittiebadluck says:

    Thanks Melissa, I have just discovered Vaux and I love this band. You don’t have to be a genious to work straight away they wrote extremely good music. Usually great artists have great musical tastes (and here is a little compliment to you!).
    So when are you touring England with those guys? And come to Birmingham, hometown of Black Sabbath?

  4. Angela says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Thanks so much for coming to Denver! My partner Sandra and I really enjoyed OOOM (both short film and music video) and the live music show at the Hi Dive. We are both in love with the title track and video 🙂 And thanks for taking the time to speak with us.

  5. RAN says:

    Melissa, Was very much looking forward to your show in Chicago. Hope you’ll try again sometime before I get to old to stay up that late.Best Wishes RAN

  6. Marina says:

    I really love your new album!!!!! It´s gorgeous! I´m looking foward to seeing you playing in Spain!!!!!!

  7. Marco says:

    wow, not only i just recently found out i can finally listen to your new record I’ve been curious to hear for so long, now it even comes out you have the Vaux guy playing with you and cowriting a bunch of songs, that’s awesome. Some reliable people told us we sound like Vaux a lot here and there in the new songs, maybe earlier Vaux, which is something I was quite proud to hear.
    Well, I really can’t wait to see you live even more now!!
    Working on a sunday was lame, but with your streaming in the background I have such a smile on my face now 😀
    Take care and arrivederci!

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