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Mêlée (band)

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Years active  2000-2012
Active until  2012
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Origin  Orange County, California, United States
Associated acts  Suburban Legends, The Service
Past members  Mike Nader Israel Villanueva Michael Amico
Albums  Devils & Angels, The Masquerade, Everyday Behavior
Members  Ricky Sans, Christopher Cron, Derek Lee Rock, Mike Nader, Ryan Malloy, Israel Villanueva, Michael Amico
Record labels  Sub City Records, Warner Bros. Records, Hopeless Records
Genres  Emo, Pop punk, Indie rock, Power pop, Alternative rock
Similar  Piero De Benedictis, Steve Hart, Suburban Legends, Waking Ashland, Xandria

Mêlée is an American rock band from Orange County in California. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Ricky Sans, Chris Cron, Ryan Malloy and Derek Lee Rock. The group released their debut album Everyday Behavior under Los Angeles-based independent label Subcity Records in 2004. In 2006, they were signed with major record label Warner Bros. Records, and subsequently, in 2007 made their major record label debut Devils & Angels. In 2010, they released their follow up album on Warner titled The Masquerade, released in Japan and digitally in North America.


Devils and Angels

The first single, "Built to Last" had international radio success. Peaking at No. 8 in Austria; No. 4 in Belgium; No. 75 in Czech Republic; No. 58 in Denmark; No. 6 in Finland; No. 2 in Germany; No. 29 in Ireland; No. 2 in Netherlands; No. 13 in Norway; No. 54 in Sweden; No. 7 in Switzerland; No. 16 in UK; No. 1 in Japan; No. 2 in Indonesia; No. 12 in Thailand.

"Imitation", the follow up single had international radio success as well. Peaking at No. 21 in Belgium; No. 43 in Switzerland; No. 10 in Singapore; No. 47 in Netherlands. "Can't Hold On", the third single charted at No. 97 in Netherlands.

"Biggest Mistake" is featured in the trailer for Disney animated movie, Tangled in 2010. "Stand Up" is featured on the soundtrack for the film Sydney White starring Amanda Bynes 2007. Melee appeared in Where Music Meets Film, a one-hour TV special of the three night live music event at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, that aired on Fuse in 2008.

The Masquerade

The single "On The Movie Screen" reached No. 3 on The J-Wave Tokio Hot 100 radio chart.

"The Ballad of You and I" was the iTunes Store free single download of the week on October 5, 2010. "The Ballad of You and I" was featured in promotion ads for NBC The Biggest Loser December, 2010


  • Christopher Cron (vocals, keyboard, guitar)
  • Ricky Sans (guitar, vocals)
  • Ryan Malloy (bass, vocals)
  • Derek Lee Rock (drums)
  • Former members
  • Mike Nader (drums)
  • Israel Villanueva (drums, vocals)
  • Michael Amico (drums)
  • Lina Simpson (keyboard, vocals)
  • After breakup

    Band member Chris Cron appeared in the auditions of season 11 of the American edition of The Voice singing "Never Tear Us Apart from INXS, but failed to turn the chair of any of the four judges Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton. After the performance, he talked about the success of Mêlée internationally, particularly in Japan and his circumstances after the break up of the band.

    Extended Plays (EPs)

    2000 – An Existential Guide To Love
    2001 – Transmission
    2002 – Mêlée
    2003 – Against the Tide

  • New Heart/Sick (Aug 28, 2007) Warner Bros. Records—These songs were not on Mêlée's albums but rather released via the US iTunes online store.
  • Singles




  • Compilation CD (2001)
    Featuring "Last Chance"
  • Rock Your Socks Off! (2001) Mr. Good Records
    Featuring "Audra"
  • The Best of Orange County, Volume 1 (2002) Tankfarm Records
    Featuring "Francesca"
  • Because We Care: A Benefit for the Children's Hospital of Orange County (2002) Gluefactory Records
    Featuring "Goodnight For Now"
  • Hopelessly Devoted to You Vol. 5 (2004) Hopeless Records/Sub City
    Featuring "New Day" and "Francesca"
  • In Honor: A Compilation To Beat Cancer (2004) Vagrant Records
    Featuring "The War" (Piano Version)
  • Hopelessly Devoted to You Vol. 6 (2006) Hopeless Records/Sub City
    Featuring "The War" (Alternate Version) and "The War" (Music Video)
  • Gift Wrapped - 20 Songs That Keep on Giving! (2009) Warner Bros. Records
    Featuring "(When Is) Hanukkah This Year"
  • Music videos

    Melee released several self-made videos for their single "Built to Last" prior to the recording of the official video, produced by the Malloys. All of the videos can be seen on their Youtube page.

  • Francesca (2003)
  • The War on YouTube (2004)
  • Built to Last on YouTube (from Devils & Angels) (2007)
  • Can't Hold On (from Devils & Angels) (2007)
  • Imitation on YouTube (from Devils & Angels) (2008)
  • On The Movie Screen on YouTube (from The Masquerade) (2010)
  • Songs

    Built to LastDevils & Angels · 2007
    On the Movie ScreenThe Masquerade · 2010
    Frequently BabyDevils & Angels · 2007


    Mêlée (band) Wikipedia

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