Get To Know MellowPunk And Their Release “VILGAX!!!!!”

Madeline McClure, Devin Noth, Jacob Paulson, Sage Garrett, and Ethan Minard make up a fantastic band called Mellowpunk. They are a United States, Boulder based rock power group who have just released an original single titled “VILGAX!!!!!”. The five exclamation points in the title were to indicate the released version was the fifth written version of the song. We had a few questions and answers with them. Below are exclusive details on Mellowpunk and their new release.

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What are the names of the band members?

All of the Mellowpunk members are Madeline McClure, Devin Noth, Jacob Paulson, Sage Garrett, Ethan Minard


What’s the band’s official stage name (showbiz name) and how did the name come about?

The band’s name is “Mellowpunk”. This name was made by Devin Noth during the original formation of the band. He wrote a song with the same title, eventually ditching the song but keeping the name for the group.

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How did the band get together?

Mellowpunk started as only Devin Noth finding a name to release music under while attending CU Boulder. Over the next year after Mellowpunk’s first release, Devin met most of the other members at CU Boulder and formed what is the current iteration of Mellowpunk. The only member not to attend CU was Jacob Paulson, who was a high school friend of Devin’s.


What was the band’s first release?

Mellowpunk’s first release was an EP titled “Nightmare Of The 1st Gen.” This EP was released in June of 2019. It’s a small collection of songs written by Devin Noth that goes over a story that is expanded upon with Mellowpunk’s debut album.


Which music genre(s) is the band into and why did you choose it?

Our genre is mainly indie pop or indie rock. We mainly write the type of songs we want to hear. Most of the bands that inspired us to get into this type of business are of that genre, and it’s a simple mindset of wanting to be like your heroes.


How long has the band been making music?

Mellowpunk in its original form has been making music since 2019. Although the songs at that time were only written by Devin Noth, it wasn’t till early 2020 that Mellowpunk had gathered all its members and began writing music with input from the whole group.


What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

Music as a business has a lot of separate components. We’ve come to realize how crazy it is. We’ve managed to form a group of 5 wildly different individuals and be able to satisfy each person with the separate tasks that come to pushing this group forward. For some of us it’s the creating, others the performing, and even others on the technical aspects of everything. Our passion derives from seeing each other succeed at the same yet different aspects of this crazy beast. We thrive off each other.


What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who listen to your music? Are you surprised by the reactions you get?

We’re in awe of some of the reactions we’ve gotten especially from our latest album release. The topic we’re writing about is so hidden near the end of our writing process we were worried if people were gonna be able to relate or feel anything at all about what we were saying. However, the amount of personal connection people have expressed to our music has only pushed us to keep going.


What has been the high point of the band’s career so far?

We’ve had a few high recognitions from individuals that have been pretty amazing. One example being the producers The Moxy Brothers, consisting of Adrian Young of No Doubt and Todd Forman, who loved our album and invited us to record with them. There was a certain high however about playing The Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. It was our biggest headlining show in the city which the band formed. It felt like a very “we made it” moment.


Could you give any advice to those thinking about turning a passion for music into a career?

Our biggest piece of advice would be to not worry about the music you put out, especially early on. Our biggest learning moments came after releases, not before. The ways we learned to work on our sound and our writing and almost everything about the band came during times of reflection. There’s lots of times we say our early stuff sucks, but it being released is a huge part of where we got to where we are.


Get To Know MellowPunk And Their Release "VILGAX!!!!!"
Get To Know MellowPunk And Their Release “VILGAX!!!!!”


What is this new release about?

This new release was supposed to be a follow up to our debut album. We looked at the feedback of the LP and tried to make a more angrier track conveying the emotions that the group had gone through over the past few months. It ended up being almost a hate letter to a few individuals that were in the songwriters’ heads during the time of writing.


Who and how many people worked on it?

The track was recorded and mixed by The Moxy Brothers, the producer duo consisting of Adrian Young of No Doubt and Todd Forman. Vocals were performed by Madeline McClure, guitar was performed by Sage Garrett, drums by Ethan Minard, and bass and synths by Devin Noth. The track was mastered by Justin Fleuriel at Marsh Mastering.


What is the band working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?

Mellowpunk is currently working on our second LP. We’ve debuted a couple tracks from the project at some shows so there will most likely be some single releases from the project here soon.


What is one message you would give to your fans?

Thank you for the extra love you’ve given us this past year. It’s exploded into some amazing opportunities. We’re gonna keep making more just for you all.

Young and vibrant man I am, God fearing, warm at heart. Music is bae food is life. If you've seen this then you know me!!!

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