Peaceful, Loving, Talented: these are the first words that cross my mind when I think of Sean Seales, Adam Suto, and Nate Melville. They are good friends of mine, but you might know them better as the indie band The Giving Moon. All originating from St Charles, Illinois, Seales, Suto, and Melville create a captivating environment with their onstage presence; the intuitive bond they share suggests the three have been pals since their diaper days. Although this is true of Seales and Suto, Melville (the drummer) only joined the band in 2014, but still drums his heart out as though he’d been there all along. Sean Seales´ soothing voice and gifted guitar playing sends a chill through your spine with each song, while Adam Suto contributes with brilliant and therapeutic bass lines. Together, the trio takes their audience on a musical journey to ultimate ambient satisfaction.
The band’s first major accomplishment in the music scene was winning first place out of 120 contenders in Chicago’s 2012 IAM Fest (Independent Artists and Musicians Festival sponsored by The Elbo Room). This introduced their unique and vibrant style to the world and opened countless doors for them, including performances at L.A.’s famous Whiskey a Go Go, the Chicago House of Blues, The Metro, and both Chicago and LA’s Hard Rock Cafés. Their initial successes also invited amazing opportunities for the band, like opening for artists like Eddie Money and Gary Hoey. Hoey, ranked one of the top 100 guitarists in the world, then went on to produce The Giving Moon’s first EP, The Wild, which was released on iTunes in 2013.
Although the group hasn’t released any music since their EP, The Wild, they have continued to perform around the Chicago area. In a recent performance at the Chicago House of Blues, The Giving Moon performed nearly half of their upcoming album; any fans who attended can attest the new album will be well worth the nearly four year wait. The concert’s turnout was huge, and despite the presence of other artists, the audience was exclusively there to hear The Giving Moon. It was one of the happiest environments I have ever been immersed in: smiling faces everywhere and an exuberant crowd demanding a drum solo after the band’s final song. Melville far beyond exceeded the crowd’s expectations, leaving the venue with a feeling of utmost fulfillment as the band walked off stage.
Stay caught up with The Giving Moon on their twitter and facebook, and don’t miss the release of their fourteen track album titled Forever Awake, set to be released mid May on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and more.