Musical Genre

Right from the start it was hard for the Mesa Band to ‘pigeon hole’ their music into a single ‘genre.’ Mainly because their individual musical influences were wide and varied however, after seven years song writer David Morgan admits he is now comfortable with their music finally being classified as ‘Folk Rock’.

“Selecting the right music genre for a band nowadays is so important especially when putting music into the many online stores. Even though it was important when we started the demise of record stores and the increasing growth of online music stores now means selecting the wrong genre drastically reduces any chance an artiste may have at having a fair go at the market”

“At the beginning of the Mesa Band I think we were more focussed on the instrumental side of our sound and ‘Country Rock’ seemed a convenient genre fit at the time. I personally never felt comfortable with the ‘Country Rock’ genre especially when the time came around each year to enter a song or two into the various industry competitions. I always failed to find a suitable genre that truly represented the songs.”

“The release of the ‘Hello Vietnam’ CD” put another dimension to the conundrum and I fell into the trap of classifying it in the online stores as ‘World Music’ mainly because it was songs about another country.”

“Then, one Saturday night I was driving home, listening to ABC Radio when I heard a band that sounded very similar to the Mesa Band. Afterwards, the presenter commented how the words had told a wonderful story and had been fully complimented by the music “a classic folk rock song” she said.

“Just how had I missed the obvious? I had never seen myself as a writer of folk type songs, growing up in England in the sixties and seventies it was just not fashionable amongst my mates to be a folk song writer, but to me on reflection the songs of the Mesa Band fitted Folk Rock like a glove.”

“Its funny how something you know so well can be so simply overlooked, just one glance at the internet confirmed my thoughts – ‘Folk Rock is a musical genre combining elements of folk music and rock music.’

“Some folk rock music relies more heavily on the "folk" part of the genre which often tells of regional cultures and peoples traditions, while other music trends lean much more towards traditional rock. Where the line is - when does a song simply become a folk song or a rock song - is up for debate.”

“So as the Mesa Band songs tell of the regional cultures and peoples traditions in the ‘Pilbara Region’ of Western Australia and Vietnam I am finally happy to nominate ‘Folk Rock’ as the genre.”

Sample Mesa Band music above.

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MESA are now finalising live dates around Western Australia and will soon be back on the road to promote the new album

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