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Personal classic, only b/c they have some nice harmonies and almost epitomize the super-feminine indie-rock band without coasting into utter annoyance territory. I don't give the whole all-girl-band world all too much a listen though.

Good news, everyone! (kelpolaris), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 06:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Like them a lot, but wish most of it was recorded better.

Favorite one:

Two and a Half Muffins (Eazy), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 06:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh i do xpost

their catalogue is perfect IMO, never put out a bad song, although they have less than 20 songs out there

rose melberg totes of my very few popstar crushes. i thought she was dreamy.

tullamore dew hart (electricsound), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 06:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Put on a great afternoon show at UCI's student pub back in 1993 or whenever it was.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 07:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good pop shit... really wish dumdum/vivian/etc/etc girls would follow this band's lead, even if remote. Girl bands are ridiculed for a reason.

Good news, everyone! (kelpolaris), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 19:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

hey wait this is my thread

Good news, everyone! (kelpolaris), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 19:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

One of my all time favorites. Supreme Nothing was my jam back in the day. I dig this out every now and again and I still love it.

ENBB, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 19:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Supreme Nothing is my fave. haHA xpost

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 19:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think I liked Jale better, in the battle of chickfactor-hyped bands from the first half of the 90's. Relistening to TT now, I feel like I'm not the sort of person who really listens to this stuff anymore, for better or for worse I don't know. Same deal w/Beat Happening, Small Factory, Lois, etc.

dlp9001, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 20:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't really see jale and TT as being all that similar really. there's plenty of music from this period i don't really listen to anymore (jale being one of those bands, and yeah lois) but TT are kinda undeniable. a small factory track came up on my shuffle the other day (something from their first or second 45) and i was loving the hell out of it..

tullamore dew hart (electricsound), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Heads up -- received in the mail:

Brave Irene, the new project of Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, Go Sailor, The Softies) preps debut EP for Slumberland


Now we're very pleased to bring you Rose's latest project, a Vancouver-based band named Brave Irene. Formed in December 2009 around the core of Rose and Caitlin, Brave Irene are five best mates whose friendship and camaraderie shines through the warmth of these lovely recordings. Caitlin and Jessica's keyboards play a prominent role in Brave Irene's songs, adding a slightly psychedelic vibe that slots in well with early Flying Nun bands and even some of the LA Paisley Underground scene.

Etc. etc. when it comes to promo guff but there you go.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

I actually like that Brave Irene EP, believe it or not! (And I don't think I've ever actually heard Tiger Trap.) Reminds me of Look Blue Go Purple (Flying Nun kiwi gals from the '80s admittedly mentioned in the press bio, but I still have their old album on a cassette, and for once the press bio might not be lying!) crossed with the very early (pre-MTV) Bangles (okay, I am just mimicking the publicists here, aren't I? We're all allowed to be a sucker sometimes though). At any rate, it is very pretty music, seemingly organ-driven in a good roller-rinky-dinky way. Not sure I'd ever have any need for more than an EP (and so far, there isn't a single one of the eight songs that's really totally jumping out at me, so caveat emptor -- maybe I'm overrating the thing), but for now I'm still glad to have it.

xhuxk, Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

nice song!

xchuxx - if you like melberg on this you'll probably like most of her stuff w/tiger trap, it's not too far off

smang a goon (get it on) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

I will definitely check Brave Irene out. I love everything Rose Melburg, but Winter Pageant is a personal eternal all-time classic.

and Gaze wasn't actually all that great but search their cover of Game Theory's "Nine Lives to Rigel Five"

Pomplamoose walk in front of me (rip van wanko), Thursday, 27 January 2011 19:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

cast away the clouds is a really pretty record

smang a goon (get it on) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 27 January 2011 20:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Heard a track on Tom Ravenscroft's show the other day without having any idea who was involved. Was pretty good.

Wandering Boy Poet, Friday, 28 January 2011 13:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'm not sure how much of a band project this is actually turning out to be. Brave Irene did one low-key gig here last year as a "here we are" thing, but I later heard that the drummer had left shortly afterwards and now another member is apparently out now too - the keyboard player I believe. Now there is an EP launch party advertised in a couple of weeks but with Rose Melberg being billed as the performer, not Brave Irene. Even if they do it as a three piece they will have trouble recreating the sound of the EP. Too bad.

everything, Thursday, 10 March 2011 00:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hate to say it, but of the 3 bands Rose has been in I've found none of the other band members all too essential. One of my main gripes with Tiger Trap's self-titled is just how lackluster the drumming is (I make clicking sounds with my mouth to give the drumming a little boost) , and I assume it is largely Rose behind the real melodic footing anyway.

But wow! Glad I caught this thread. I've been on a weird Merlberg kick these past 3 months, p. much resorting to them whenever I need a quick & easy music fix outside my usual slow-movers. I really dig that sample upthread, tho it kind of has that vague, singular musing that was my main gripe w/ Go Sailor upon first listening. I've gradually grown to love that band but it's disappointing to me how completely lacking in dynamics near all their songs are.

yeah (kelpolaris), Thursday, 10 March 2011 04:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

i know yr probably trolling but there's a good reason that every band she's been in are way way way better than her solo things and oddly enough it's not because her other band members are inessential

australian rules football quarterback (electricsound), Thursday, 10 March 2011 04:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Real tiring being called a troll whenever I say anything w/ a remote semblance of opinion.

The one thing that unites all of Rose's bands under a banner of at least being passably good (emphasis on "at least" - Tiger Trap is above) is Rose's real instinct for melody. I mean, in Go Sailor's case, she can take a very simple, almost monochromatic riff and put her vocal stylings upon it and just totally transform the song.

Like in this case:
The karaoke version of this song could very have been well been rapped over, it's so singular and restrained. That Rose actually is able to produce melody out of nothing but background noise I find to be one of her prime merits.

While Tiger Trap certainly featured a proficient group of musicians, I've always been under suspicion that Rose's delivery came first before the rest of the song was created.

yeah (kelpolaris), Thursday, 10 March 2011 04:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, I have to say I'll be a little disappointed if this band becomes a flash in the pan. I really like the sound on these new tracks (though I've still not heard the whole thing yet). It seems like a refreshing step forward for an artist who I was hoping would keep coming up with more stuff. Without a solid band Rose is more of a singer-songwriter and I'm a bit picky about that kind of thing.

Honestly, the scene in Vancouver that Rose is kind of an elder statewoman of is so marginalized, unsupported, flaky and goddam unambitious right now. Everyone's in about three bands that are continually breaking up or shifting around in some way; the venues are terrible - the old venues have all closed down or are going for the $12 martini crowd so there's lots of gigs in ad-hoc venues like practise studios, boring cafes or unpopular restaurants that are willing to give anything a shot to bring in some business; the local papers that used to give props to local bands have shut up shop or are simply unread through being irrelevant; gigs are badly advertised - forget about posters or doing any press stuff, if you're not in the facebook group you'll not hear about it. So many great shows have about 30 people there. It's sad. This gig that Rose is doing to launch the e.p. is an 8pm show in a little African restaurant that holds about 40 people. She's better than that.

everything, Thursday, 10 March 2011 20:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

not minding this brave irene ep. nice to hear rose's voice again. and weird to hear this sort of record in 2011, not smothered in reverb..

fried egg on my mind (electricsound), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 22:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Actually just got it yesterday as well... nice, full sound & really dig the organ. Funny how this literally feels like a bridge between Tiger Trap and Go Sailor... a little more dynamic than the latter, but not so riot-grrl (ish) as the former.

Didn't get the cream vinyl tho which made me go wtf til I realized that was probably an online exclusive.

yeah (kelpolaris), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 23:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

tiger trap is super awesome. i've been going through all of rose's stuff lately; haven't really gotten into the softies yet, and go sailor are kind of boring, but i really really love gaze's first album mitsumeru. the second is decent but that debut is where it's at, man. <3

the brave irene ep is really good too.

yeah rose melberg is a beast.

marc iv, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 02:34 (six years ago) Permalink

With Go Sailor it's all about "I'm Still Crying" for me. Played that one to death.

Wandering Boy Poet, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:17 (six years ago) Permalink

I love TT so much but I am surprised I never got into her other groups. I would prob dig them.

your mom the burrito (ENBB), Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Sour Grass off the 10-inch was my jam in college


dmr, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:57 (six years ago) Permalink

about half of my favorite Melburg songs are on the Softies' Winter Pageant, but yeah "Sour Grass" is my #1

Jess, it had a little too much garlic (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink


sometimes this one feels like a novelty, but other times it really hits

Jess, it had a little too much garlic (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

The Softies were fantastic. I probably like them more than Tiger Trap, but only because TT only released one album.

righteousmaelstrom, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure Brave Irene is already a done deal. I most recently saw Rose playing bass in a quite boring Vancouver indie band called Bleating Hearts.

everything, Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:18 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I've been waiting for ilx to come back online to post this. It's a nice article about Rose from a Vancouver-centric blog which rounds up various folks' opinions of her.

everything, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Nice. Meanwhile guess who finally actually GOT the Tiger Trap album for the first time after all these years -- and only a dollar via Amoeba clearance in SF.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:55 (six years ago) Permalink

That's a good one dollar disc that one. I don't have it myself any more - it was in a box of "all good stuff" cassettes I gave to a friend a few years back.

everything, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 23:43 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I saw the Bleating Hearts and really enjoyed it. Rose is the Kim Deal of the band. Plays bass, does significant backing vocals and takes the lead now and again but is not the band leader. They are indie and have a horn section.

everything, Saturday, 9 June 2012 08:00 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Recently saw Rose in another great new band called "Puppies" but I think they are now called "Pups". It's Rose on drums/singing with two girls about half her age on guitar and bass/singing. Very much more in a Tiger Trap vein than the previous and very enjoyable.

everything, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I feel like the Rose street-team here but I'm truly not. But it does feel like she has been playing so much recently - solo, and in at least 3 or 4 bands - that she's reaching some kind of peak as a musician and a performer. Anyway...Pups are playing tomorrow night in Vancouver (@ Pats) if there are any local ilxors jonesing for that kind of thing. As I mentioned above, they are very good and worthy of her legacy! Plus two other all-women bands who are pretty popular here so it oughta be a good scene.

everything, Friday, 16 November 2012 03:04 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

New EP out this Friday. I think the tags say it all: #Vancouver #jangle #jingle #dreampop #Rose

everything, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:55 (five years ago) Permalink

THIS IS SO GOOD. So weird and good!

maura, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Right on! Phew, I was begining to feel lonely on this thread. I'm not sure if this release will make much of a splash. The label seems like a shoestring operation and as I mentioned upthread a couple of years ago, this scene continues to be rigorously low-key which is to me irritating. The Pups show I saw a while back was in a room behind a shop. The other time was in someone's garage. That one was great. Anyway, it's a split with another local all-girl band, Movieland who are superb fun. Finally saw them a couple weeks back in a real venue with proper amps and lights and things and it was raging.

everything, Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:32 (five years ago) Permalink

i like that

gila free (electricsound), Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Caught Rose playing in a duo called Imaginary Pants. Usual story - I had no idea this band existed and was just randomly checking out one of those multi-band local shows having no idea what most of it was about. Saw her in the audience and think "oh that's nice she's here supporting the youngsters" then shortly after she's getting up on stage and hammering out 20 mins of what is generally termed "blistering indie-pop". A lovely surprise. She's singing and mostly on drums (she's good!) and there's a feller on guitar and a little keyboard who does harmonies. They have a tape out which doesn't quite do them justice IMHO - not as forceful as they are live. They're doing some dates in California next week. http://imaginarypants.bandcamp.com/

everything, Monday, 12 May 2014 23:04 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...



also, rose's newish band knife pleats is a+


maura, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I think Winter Pageant was her peak

seafaring funnyman Jacques Custos (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:42 (one year ago) Permalink

knife pleats are so good!

seafaring funnyman Jacques Custos (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

here's a 1993 show at the middle east:


maura, Friday, 11 August 2017 16:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Awesome! Loved when Rose made appearances at Chickfactor a few years ago.

Evan, Friday, 11 August 2017 16:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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