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Members Only: Making Music They Want to Make.

April 11, 2012
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Text by Kiara McKnight. Image via the Members Only Reverbnation page.

The bandmates in Members Only have been working non-stop to make a name for themselves in the music scene since they formed about one year ago.

With Sammy Roland on guitar, Cameron Alexander on bass, Gabe Rosen on drums and Andrew Migliore on guitar and synth, the group has performed around the city, including The M Room, Tritone and the Raven Lounge. With each performance, they’ve steadily grown their fan base.

Last month, Members Only released their first EP Talk to Me, featuring the single “Come Back.” Although the EP was recently released, the writing process has been in the works for a number of years. Songs like “Fuck” and “Lines” were written more than two years ago.

“Writing for us has never been hard because we don’t see any safety nets,” said Migliore. “It’s not like said, ‘Oh, we have to do this because we’re some certain genre.’ We’re going to make the music we want to make.”

Not seeing safety nets seems to be a recurring theme for the indie pop/punk band. Having worked with and built relationships with local hip hop collective, The Astronauts, as well as with artists like Theodore Grams, the band plans on breaking down barriers between the two genres.

“We’re trying to mix hip hop and rock in a music light and in a business light,” said Rosen. “We’re the only rock band on All Flamerz. The only reason that’s a big deal to me is because that’s a step toward what we’re trying to get at. We just want to break down that wall and hit different audiences.”

The band looks to various rock and indie artists for inspiration, such as The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Libertines, The Ramones, The Strokes and The Arctic Monkeys. However, it’s Philly artists like DRGN King, Dr. Dog, Chiddy Bang, Hall and Oates, and even Will Smith who have made the greatest impact on the band.

“Anyone who’s still true to Philadelphia past their fame, we definitely respect a lot because that’s what we want to do,” said Rosen. “We’re Philadelphia until the day we die.”

Members Only recently finished out their tour promoting the new EP. In addition to continuing to put out new music, the band is working on crafting a Members Only mini-documentary. They also have plans to purchase a warehouse where they’ll manufacture their clothing line, My Capital Domain.

If you ask the band where they see themselves in five years, they’ll unanimously reply, “Selling out Madison Square Garden for the third time!”

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