Three part harmonies are not just for barbershop quartets. Post-progressive quartet, Megosh blends three voices into melodies resembling a pop-punk sound, while maintaining an alternative metal sound. Intricate music synced with original rhythms and triple harmonies create an irresistible sound that pushes past the norm in the genre.
Practice makes perfect. Megosh members, Josh Grosscup ( Vocals/Guitar), Finch Flores (Vocals/Guitar), Derv Polimene (Vocals/Bass), Jon John Michaud (Drums) are all from different backgrounds, but found a common ground through songwriting. Flores explained, “We practice and rehearse together as a band” making it possible to present a connected and professional stage show. Polimene holds that it is the extra practice that makes Megosh so well-received by audiences on their first official tour. They do not specifically write songs or music for three vocal parts, but prefer to find the harmonies as they go along. There is not much rewrite of the music for live shows, because the music is written to adapt to either stage or studio, so what you hear on the recording is what you hear live.
Individual perspectives combine to produce compelling stories through lyrics. In the song, “Black is the New Blond” words paint the picture of a dismal end, “One little girl that you throw in this world is gunna be/eventually, exampled to blue/I’ll lick your wounds to save the taste of you/and I’ll be your friend but in the end/the price paid is you”. No matter what kind of adult you may be, it is important to remember that everyone begins as an innocent child.
Most fans do not realize that the price of bringing live music to each stop along the way can be prohibitive to new musicians who are just starting out. Using a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first tour with Alesana, the band raised $2,600 to cover expenses. Instead of the usual perks of donating to Kickstarter projects, Megosh tapped into their collective creativity to offer gifts from the heart. Forget the posters, buttons, and stickers that everyone has, Megosh offered original songs, recordings, and dedications to those who contributed to get them on the road. I am pretty sure that most music lovers like autographs and t-shirts, but a Megosh personalized voicemail is exceptional.
Their performance on stage was powerful, but it was even more fascinating to witness the audience’s reaction. The fans sang every word to every song, often louder than the vocalists. Megosh also impressed Revival Recordings President Shawn Milke, who stated, “Megosh is such a special band. They are artists before anything else and the music they create clearly takes a front seat on the priority vehicle. It is refreshing in today’s industry and their dedication shines through on their record and in their live performance. You just can’t fight those 3-part harmonies.”
With the first tour under their belt, Megosh remarked, “(We are) tired and thankful to sleep in our own beds, yet, appreciative of the road and inspired to tour as much as possible!” But rest is not in the cards as they continue to develop new music, and work on planning a tour this Fall. Filming of their video for “Body Works” is finished and they look forward to sharing it soon with their fans.