From YouTube to the world, Alex Melton is ready to share his first full project with you.
You will be familiar with the name Alex Melton if you spend a lot of time on YouTube.
An innovative musician crossing his loves for pop-punk, hardcore and country music to interpret songs from each world in completely new ways, he is absolutely brilliant, which is why Pure Noise Records went and signed him.
And now they are putting out his debut full-length album.
‘Southern Charm’ is its name and will be released on January 27.
The artwork looks like this:
And the tracklisting like this:
01. Something Like This (Tim McGraw cover)
02. Beer Never Broke My Heart (Luke Combs cover)
03. Play It Again (Luke Bryan cover)
04. Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks cover)
06. Cowboy Take Me Away (The Chicks cover)
07. Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt cover)
08. Secrets (State Champs cover)
09. Married To The Noise (Stick To Your Guns cover)
10. Stranger (Can’t Swim cover)
11. Seventeen (Four Year Strong cover)
12. Soak Me In Bleach (The Amity Affliction cover)
13. Quicksand (The Story So Far cover)
As you can see by that tracklisting, it is a celebration unlike any other.
And that is shown in his cover of Luke Combs’ ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart’, which he has re-interpreted as an easycore classic.
It is fucking brilliant.
Alex had this to say about it:
“This song has such a distinct and captivating attitude – one that I felt was important to keep in my treatment. The character in this song has been through some stuff, but he describes his life’s hardships with this flippant air – that’s just how it is sometimes, you know? We take it on the chin and move forward. It’s a simple song about enjoying the simple things, but its message, delivered with a wink, is so alluring and cleverly delivered that you can’t help but nod along in agreement. That attitude carries through my arrangement in the fast-paced drumming and intricate guitar work in the verses, culminating in a huge harmony-filled chorus with plenty of riffs to go around. The spirit and intention of the original song shines through our updated production in a beautiful way.“
And he had this to say about the video that accompanies it:
‘”This video shoot was one of the best music experiences I’ve had in years! I got to meet and hang out with the extras while we were setting up shots, and everybody was just so dang cool. Getting to watch Natalie and crew shoot it all was a blast; they were able to capture the energy in a really fun and natural way. We got to ruin several packs of hot dogs, drink a bunch of beer, dance a lot, pet the land owners’ dog, and I think I only got maybe 2 mosquito bites. 10/10 experience, would film with these folks again in a heartbeat.“
And for the other side of the coin, here’s his country version of State Champs’ ‘Secrets’: