Get To Know... Melancholy Ray

Emerging from the same bustling music scene that’s given us Eades and Far Caspian, alt-rock outfit Melancholy Ray are well prepped to create a name for themselves amongst their Leeds pals.

No strangers to acclaim, whether it be from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens or well respected journalists, the band have shared their newest single Cassette, a bittersweet take on the classic love song.

Following the release, we had a chat with Callum and Aaron to learn a bit more about Melancholy Ray.

Tell us a bit about yourselves and how long you’ve been making music for?

Callum - I’m Callum and I play rhythm guitar and sing to the best of my ability.

Aaron - I’m Aaron and I play lead guitar, I’ve been making music consistently for the last two years or so.

At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?

Callum - I was really lucky to have parents who actively encouraged me to play guitar and to do things I love, from around 15 I realised I wanted something to do with music.

Aaron - Ever since I saw school of rock.

What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?

Callum - I get influence from a lot of different artists but the constant ones are Thin Lizzy, The Strokes and QOTSA.

Aaron - I just listen to the classics at all times.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?

Callum - I’ve learnt that I’m my worst critic, I scrap most songs before fleshing them out.

Aaron - Trusting the process and not getting in the way

What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?

Callum - I wish I’d known that if you don’t ask you don’t get, it’s really simple but you can’t just expect things to happen.

Aaron - You’re gonna make a lot of bad music before some good stuff happens.

Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?

Eades, they’re like weird family. Also love English Teacher, Green Gardens and Spearmint Tongues. Lucky enough to count them all as friends too.

What would your dream tour & rider look like?

Callum - Anything that resembles a tour would be a dream right now, but an ideal one would be supporting one of our influences. We’d happily get paid in bad lager and weird stories.

Aaron - It’s gotta be QOTSA that would be wild.

If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?

Callum - Any kind of spy thriller, we’ve written a song recently that sounds like a spoof James Bond theme.

Aaron - Any Quentin Tarantino film please and thank you.

What’s the bucket list goal for you as a band?

Callum - Getting on the festival circuit for next year would be a dream.

Aaron - Selling a physical copy of some music.