Making use of their pop stylings amid the Seattle post-grunge scene, the Melody Unit is frequently thought to be an anomaly of their own city. However the music group has held accurate with their sound while radical adjustments took place amongst their lineup. Frontman Kevin Kelly and drummer Tag Salvadalena originally teamed up with three close friends as Ursa Small, securing their 1st gig with Hoboken, NJ natives Yo La Tengo. Differing priorities quickly drew two of the people aside, and bassist Tim Kappert was known as in to change them. The four-piece after that found out the name Ursa Small was used by a SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA act; Kelly recommended “The Melody Union,” Kappert, nevertheless, noticed it as “Device,” as well as the name trapped. A magazine advertising campaign led to a fresh keyboardist, who aided on 1998’s Polish Cylinder EP. But, once more, commitment became one factor, as well as the Melody Device was then right down to three people: Kelly, Kappert, and Salvadalena. Although gossips spoke of the breakup, they continuing playing locally like a trio. Within a short while, vocalist Jessica Folsom and guitarist David Wentworth approved the “seriousness of purpose” examination and were accepted towards the music group. They employed determinedly for four a few months until getting into the studio because of their full-length, Chances Against Tomorrow, in past due August of 1999. Regular displays sprang up straight afterward, and keyboardist Peter Lynch became a member of to support the demands from the large timetable. Kelly’s 2000 a vacation to Hawaii led to the Kona Melody 7″, b/w “Snoqualmie,” a melody that summarizes the Melody Unit’s knowledge with underappreciation within their hometown, compared to fond receptions in metropolitan areas such as for example Portland, OR, and NY. Since its discharge, the Melody Device had reduced the look of them at concert events to be able to write materials for Choose Your Very own Experience, their 2001 discharge.