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The term DECORATOR has officially been redefined, though Merriam Webster may not accept the new entry. DECORATOR – an infectious alt-rock band that sounds like the metaphorical equivalent of a triple layer cake made from equal parts Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, and GORILLAZ.
In what started as a middle school cover band for brothers Alix, Miles and Reece Melendrez, the growing urge for the kids to master their instruments and do their own thing became impossible to ignore. The teenage boys enrolled themselves at LA’s Silverlake Conservatory of Music, founded by Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, where they met and joined forces with fellow music student Matt Mumcian. Thus DECORATOR was born, though it would be many years before the boys took their music out of garage rehearsals and house parties and shared it with the masses. In the spring of 2014, Reece Melendrez, the youngest of the band members, graduated from Silver Lake’s Marshall High School, honoring a promise to their parents to get through high school before they made music a full time gig.
Growing up listening to the likes of music icons like Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Bob Marley had a strong influence on the band and the music they make. DECORATOR even attribute their name to a Frank Zappa quote: “without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production headlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” It’s the non-rock influences, however, like Lauryn Hill and Wu-Tang Clan, that bring out the real flavor in the band’s music. Though it’s tough to categorize DECORATOR’s sound, it’s evident at their live shows that it’s more than easy to feel it, as their LA fan base grows with every performance.
The band self released their debut EP Transit mid summer 2014 in conjunction with their first ever headline of LA’s legendary Troubadour, which shows just how much the band has grown their LA base over the course of the year. The band’s first single, “Mad Cali Transit” is a fitting introduction. It’s an anthemic, modern day love song that buzzes with all the glitz and glam of their home state of California, delivered with all the grittiness and attitude reminiscent of modern rockers The Strokes. Lead vocalist Miles Melendrez begs the question on the EP track “Roads”, when he sings, “Don’t you want to have a good time?”. His band mates deliver the answer with killer guitar lines and infectious drums, making it nearly impossible to say no to DECORATOR.