PHOTO CREDIT – CHLOE MELISSA
LONDON HEADLINE IN FEBRUARY / HOMETOWN OXFORD SHOWS IN MARCH 2024
In the wake of their debut EP ‘Avoid the Panic’, The Mezz, hailing from the vibrant musical hub of Oxford, skyrocketed into 2023 as the BBC Introducing artist in residence. Their journey, however, has been far from ordinary, filled with twists, triumphs, and a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.
Just when it seemed like The Mezz were primed for a meteoric rise, they faced a setback that would test their mettle. Drummer Charlie, the rhythmic heartbeat of the band, received a shocking diagnosis of bowel cancer. The news was a devastating blow that shook the very foundations of the band’s future.
For a year, they stood by their comrade as he fought an arduous battle with unwavering courage and tenacity. A collective brotherhood, they rallied together, epitomising the solidarity that true bands are made of. With the unwavering support of fans, friends, and one another, they faced this challenge head-on. Today, Charlie stands tall, 1 year cancer-free. Fuelled by their collective passion for music and a profound camaraderie, The Mezz have swiftly reclaimed their place in the hearts of their devoted fans, igniting stages and leaving a trail of awe-inspiring performances in their wake.
Previous releases, ‘Jump to Fly‘ and ‘Chasing Love‘, tell the story of their journey, encapsulating the essence of The Mezz’s heartwarming narrative. These feel-good indie-pop anthems, complete with lose-yourself-in-the-moment choruses, are a testament to their collective resilience and unwavering spirit.
Lead singer Ben, whose vocal prowess often pierces the heart, offers a poignant glimpse into the making of ‘Bridges’, “In this song, you’ll hear my heartfelt struggle with the world’s demands on personality and appearance. I grapple with the choice between embracing my true self and succumbing to the pressure of crafting an idealised persona for social media consumption. It’s a constant back-and-forth, a battle between genuine happiness and the allure of conforming to societal norms for wider acceptance.”
With electric performances and arms wide open, The Mezz continues to energise a community of dedicated followers. Their music is more than a melody; it’s a mantra for moving forward, taking chances, and living life to its fullest. In a world where self-doubt and the uncertainties of growing up seem to rule the day, The Mezz carries a heartfelt message – one of overcoming, one of hope and one of unapologetic authenticity.
In 2023, The Mezz aren’t just a band; they’re a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of music to heal and inspire. Their story is just beginning and their melodies will continue to serve as a guiding light through the chaos of the world today.
This week The Mezz also announce their biggest London headline and biggest hometown headline shows to date. You can catch them live at:
Feb 15th 2024 – Camden Assembly, London
March 8th 2024 – Bullingdon, Oxford
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