although im not a fan of this band. i do recognize their talent and i must say that the problem is with warner. they are a shit label. they definitely have some good acts, but they can't break a band for shit. melee made a career ruining decision by signing to them. it sucks because everyone will view melee as just another "tanker band" that signed to a major. but. its definitely warners fault. sucks.
Have you ever heard of a band called the Used? or Avenged Sevenfold, or My Chemical Romance, or Mute Math, or Muse, Green Day, or even Linkin Park? Oh, those are bands that were broken big by Warner Bros.
Do you realize that Built to Last is the #1 single in Japan right now, and the band has sold over 50K CDs there?
Or do you just sit behind your computer and think you're God's gift to the music business?
Armchair A&R will only get you so far, friend.
Melee's record is fantastic, the song is playing on radio stations all over the country, and they're doing a tour with Matt Nathanson this fall. Before you open you mouth and think you know what you're talking about, you should get your facts straight.