Already heralded by Kerrang! magazine as “essentially Queen if every single member was Freddie Mercury” ME are Luke Ferris (vocals, guitar, piano), Joshua Murphy (lead guitar), Michael Godde (bass) and Spike Rogers (drums). The band formed in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia although, Australia being Australia, only drummer Spike is from Melbourne itself whereas Damien hails from Perth and Mikey scooted down from the snowy peaks of Mount Beauty. All four are agreed, however, that Melbourne is the epicentre of the Australian music scene. Indeed, Spike suggests that this is because “there are countless pubs, venues on every street corner which have capacities of 25-50 people unlike other cities” whereas Mikey just describes it as “an outburst of happiness with people hugging each other all the time. In fact,” he adds quietly, “no one wants to leave!” Well, after a ten-month residency at the Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne and a sell-out Australian tour supporting alt-rock heroes Dead Letter Circus, leave is something that ME have definitely done – and it’s to our mutual benefit.
ME spent 2012 in the UK supporting Kasabian, Evanescence and Death From Above 1979 as well as touring with Panic! At The Disco, Twin Atlantic and King Charles. Inbetween the touring they recorded mini album Another Story High and debut album Even The Odd Ones Out in the Kent countryside with renowned producer Simon ‘Barny’ Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap). The band’s scope and ambition was hinted at with the release of Another Story High in March 2012; lead track Naked a rousing mini-rock opera on the grandest of scales that suggested ME were aiming sky high. A return to their native Australia to open for Red Hot Chili Peppers on the Big Day Out festival tour preceded the full length album release in February 2013. Even The Odd Ones Out is a truly ambitious debut that fuses the band’s love of hard rock, theatre, classical and classic British guitar music, whilst all the time retaining the sense of melody that frontman Luke is blessed with. The album received widespread acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Nylon and Kerrang and has spawned singles Vampire!! Vampire!! and Rock and Roll Dandy.
All well and good, but why the name ME? “Because it’s faintly absurd and un-googleable” they suggest and it’s true that there is something intangible about both the name and the band. “We use drum troupes and orchestras, we love classical music and theatre and showmanship and we like to go places no one has been to before”, explains Luke. Or, as Kerrang! concluded: “enough deliciously OTT anthems to suggest the big time may soon be their real life not just fantasy.” You can’t say fairer than that.