Melissa On The Rocks (M.O.T.R.), is a collection of songs written by Melissa between 2005 and 2007. These were recorded by Matt and Melissa in Austin in the Spring of 2007, then mixed in L.A. by Gilli Moon, and mastered in New Orleans by Parker Dinkins. These masters then sat, in a box, in a closet, while the couple went on to form and develop Sweet Jones (and now called The Dirty Rain Revelers).
Some of these songs have been absorbed into their current set lists, having undergone new arrangements and re-writes. The remainder of the songs have been retired, but are still great recordings of songs the couple are very proud to share.
It represents a snapshot of a time in their life after a year and a half of working together, developing this material live, and cementing their relationship as peer musicians, just prior to discovering and developing their deeper connection as a couple.
On this collection of songs, you'll hear Melissa's fortitude and power as a front person: A culmination of 10 years of playing live, as a solo artist in Austin and around the country. Here, she's at her most confident, fronting this power-pop trio, with Matthew on the drums, and Melinda Rothouse on bass.
M.O.T.R. is available to download and is also available for licensing.
The Austin Chronicle reviewed Melissa's Solo-Style album (pre-MOTR) -
"Neo-folk in a rock vein...her thoughtful, sometimes plaintive style is sweetly underscored by tough songwriting that embraces her boundless world..."
Guitar/Vocals - Melissa DeOrazio
Drums - Matthew DeOrazio
Bass - Melinda Rothouse
Recorded/Engineered by Matthew DeOrazio in Austin, TX
Mixed/Produced by Gilli Moon in Los Angeles.
Additional tracks (keys/guitar effects) by Gilli Moon and Matt Thorne
Full wav files are available for licensing.
Please contact us through the website to make arrangements.