“The Melloncollies are great because they stay true to who they are . . . a band that wants to put out great music filled with passion, a band that’s not afraid to defy stereotyped musical genres. Goodbye Cruel World is an album filled with excitement because of this.”
—Samantha Cox, BMI
“Erani delivers his lyrics of longing and disenfranchised love with a gruff sweetness while guitarist/bassist Peter Claro and drummer [Darros Sandler] create a pure pop foundation that pulses with a vibrant urgency . . . If Goodbye Cruel World is where The Melloncollies start, the rest of the band’s journey is bound to be a thing of pop beauty.”
—Brian Baker, CityBeat.com
(Four Stars ****) “Goodbye Cruel World is a collection of a dozen well done pop songs. [Simon Erani] certainly shows a knack for writing a strong song . . . I don't doubt The Melloncollies familiar sound will become more familiar if they can continue putting out songs like these.”
—Kevin Kozel, MuzicReviews.com
Don’t feel sorry for singer/songwriter Simon Erani, the force behind The Melloncollies and their debut album Goodbye Cruel World. He prefers to wear his real-life melancholy on his sleeve like a badge of honor. And as the band creates a unique blend of everything from 80’s synth pop to 90’s arena grunge rock, the lyrics draw creative inspiration from one of mankind’s oldest and most universal sources—a broken heart.
From the first seconds of the melodically-drenched opening track “Bullet In My Sunday,” Erani’s vocals and keyboards, Peter Claro’s guitars and bass, and Darros Sandler’s drums combine with an energy and ferocity that make this Brooklyn-based band sound like anything but a freshman act. Just as you find yourself singing along with the last chorus (“Oblige me by taking aim /And please put a bullet in my Sunday”), the hook-laden “Simple Naïve Someone” has you believing in love again.
While Erani’s vocals may bring to mind such unabashedly clean pop singers as Bleu or Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms, he can also muster up the rock-and-roll rawness of Paul Westerberg of The Replacements or Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum. Such is the case with the track “You You Yeah Yeah,” a raucous night-driving wailer in pursuit of yet another what-went-wrong (“I gave up my world to you you yeah yeah / What the hell did you do for me?”). In striking contrast, a string quartet joins a lonely nylon-stringed guitar as the rock ballad “All I Want” answers that angry question with crestfallen acceptance (“I’m here alone and always wondering why / Everything so wrong is never right”).
“Let It Rain” picks up the pace with a driving four-on-the-floor beat reminiscent of The Cranberries’ hit “Dream,” and Erani once again turns a storm into a renewing baptism as he sings this open letter to an absent father (“Please forgive me if I cursed you / Please believe me if I can’t have you / Let it rain”). Then with the surprising edginess of Billy Corgan backed by bright crunchy guitars and Smashing Pumpkins-sized drumbeats, “Why Oh Why” hits on the irony of conflicted relationships (“I go and make love to you / But I’m beginning to hate you”), followed by a peaceful moment of hopeful reflection in the beautiful ballad “Maybe Someday” (“Love will find a way / I’ll give my heart to you someday / Maybe someday”).
This near-optimism continues to twist through the straight-ahead rocker “Misery” (“I’ll be good to you / Come back to me / And end this life of misery”) and the buzzy “Criminal Girl” (“Hey baby / lay me down / and walk all over me”), then turns back to the solitary sadness of lost love in the Wallflowers-like “The Loneliest Boy” (“I can’t live another day / I’m the loneliest boy in the world without you”). “Money Money Money” ends the album in a raucous nosedive, with flaming guitars and double-time drums playing Oasis to Erani’s Dylan as he unveils the “real” reason for his perpetually crashing romantic life—and yours (“Could you believe the audacity / People wake up and see / She only wants your money”). For the diehard fans, the full-album download also includes a stunning acoustic guitar and string quartet version of “Let It Rain.”
Produced by Peter Claro and Simon Erani and mastered by Blake Morgan, Goodbye Cruel World makes Erani’s songs resonate with past angst and buried emotions while The Melloncollies simultaneously radiate with a genuine enthusiasm and sincerity rarely encountered in today’s pop/rock scene. Together with the support of their label Somme Music and new worldwide distribution through Engine Company Records, the band is poised to capture a whole new audience of freshly broken hearts around the world.