Sweet Melissa's has a basement. Who knew? Apparently, many in the local music community. Particularly those acquainted with the "heavy" rock 'n' roll scene in Savannah, such as Me and The Trinity, which will be releasing its first full-length album Aug. 10 in the bowels of Sweet Melissa's.
Tim Burnsed, vocalist for Me and The Trinity, describes the typical audience as high school and college kids.
"We have a lot of Southern-influenced hardcore and punk rock roots. We ... attract various breeds of horses," he said.
A metaphor, perhaps, for the wide range of potential rock aficionados who frequent their shows.
Burnsed believes the pizza joint's basement atmosphere fosters a family feel - a sweaty, elbow-to-elbow, family feel, for sure - but intimate nonetheless.
Forming in September 2010, Me and the Trinity played its first show Jan. 1, 2011. With three EPs in the past two years, the new album marks the group's fourth recording venture. Seasoned veterans at this point, but Burnsed did say this time around differs.
"In the fact that this is our first full-length album. We pulled from all of our influences and came out with a product that remains solid in our roots, but at the same time incorporates something from every sub-genre in rock 'n' roll."
And the band is working hard to share its unique blend of faith-based rock with as many people as possible within the next few months.
IF YOU GO
What: Me and The Trinity album release
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 10
Where: Sweet Melissa's, 103 W. Congress St.
On the road at this very moment, they will have traversed the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia to promote the release. Me and The Trinity has also booked a few upcoming festivals in Jacksonville, Charleston and Savannah.
The band is most excited about Savannah's annual Rocktoberfest, a full day of music with some of favorite names in hardcore and metal, such as Stray From The Path and Gideon. Burnsed also happens to be the director of the event, which will go down Oct. 12.
Catch Me and The Trinity on Aug. 10, buy the album and have the songs memorized (if one has a fine enough ear to decipher Burnsed's throaty roars), and then sing along come the end of the year, when the band embarks on another tour.
If the band were to have a mission, Burnsed said, it would be, "You should always have hope."
As a Christian band, Me and The Trinity's members consider hope as a result of a relationship with Jesus.
"We know not everyone believes that," Burnsed said. "And that's cool with us, but we feel like it's ... important, and sometimes life-changing, to let people know that they are not alone, so they shouldn't give up."
Also, the band's mascot is a wombat.