Meese (band)

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This article is about the rock band from Denver. For the former Attorney General, see Edwin Meese. For the animal, see Moose.
Origin Denver, Colorado, United States
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock
Years active 2004–2010[1]
Labels Atlantic
Past members
  • Patrick Meese
  • Nathan Meese
  • Mike Ayars
  • David Vanderhamm
  • Ben Comerci
  • Ben Haley

Meese is a four-piece rock band from Denver, Colorado, signed to Atlantic Records.[2] The name "Meese" is taken from the last name of the band's founders and brothers, Patrick and Nathan Meese. The other two members of the band are Ben Haley and Mike Ayars.

In July 2009, the band released their first major studio album, Broadcast, which was received with warm reviews. The album's first single, "Next In Line", was offered as a free single of the week in the iTunes Store. In May 2010, Meese confirmed that they had disbanded.[1]


The band began under the name "Patrick Meese" also releasing two EPs entitled "Patrick Meese" and "B-Sides" featuring Patrick Meese in a mostly acoustic style performance in which he played and recorded almost all the instruments himself. Reportedly after sending his brother a copy of the song "I Don't Buy It" Nathan Meese dropped out of school at Ohio University and moved out to Denver to join Patrick's band. Following this the band shortened their name to simply "Meese". During these first few months and shows Meese was joined by various friends who played alongside him. While originally Patrick stated that the band only consisted of him and his brother and that friends occasionally played with them, the band now has a solid four members which has been made apparent through their live shows over the past two years and recent signing with Atlantic.

Meese began playing several small venues around the Denver area in 2005 playing the Walnut Room and Bluebird theater with friends "for the holiday". After the band "for the holiday" went their separate ways Meese found a place for the assimilation of two of the members, Mike Ayars (guitar) and Ben Haley (Drums).

Meese found great support in the local scene with help from the Fray, opening for them at their CD release party at the Paramount Theatre (Denver, Colorado). Meese continued to play around Denver with popular local bands which would lead to their independent release "Our Album Year".[3] The band opened for the Fray at a sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on October 19, 2006.[4] These shows, coupled with support by local radio station KTCL, gave Meese attention and recognition.

They continued to play around the Denver area until joining the Fray on part of their mid-year 2007 tour.[5] Meese signed with Atlantic Records.[citation needed] They entered the studio in 2008 and released Broadcast, on June 30, 2009 and toured to support the recording with the Fray and Jack's Mannequin. The first single released was "Next In Line", which was offered as the Single of the Week in the iTunes Store during the week of July 7, 2009. Author Stephanie Meyer, of the popular Twilight series, cited the album as one of her favorite releases.[citation needed]

Meese announced they had disbanded in May 2010.[1]

After Meese's breakup, Nathan and Patrick Meese began a new band known as "The Centennial".

Band members[edit]

  • Patrick Meese (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar and programming), 2004–2010[1]
  • Nathan Meese (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), 2005–2010[1]
  • Mike Ayars (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), 2006–2010[1]
  • Joe Richmond (drums), 2009–2010
  • Jeff Davenport (bass), 2007–2010
  • Ben Haley (drums), 2006–2009
  • David Vanderhamm (bass), 2004–2007
  • Ben Comerci (drums), 2004–2006


  • The Oh No EP - 2005
  • Our Album Year - 2006
  • Winter Recordings EP - 2007 (iTunes release)
  • The Start of It EP - 2008 (only available in Denver area in CD form, digitally available everywhere)
  • Broadcast - 2009


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Meese. "Meese - Our Album Year Mp3 Download". PayPlay.FM. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Fray and Meese Play Red Rocks Amphitheater". Red Rocks. October 2006. Retrieved June 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ Butler, Brendan (February 26, 2007). "By Popular Demand, The Fray Extends Summer Tour". Cinemablend. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 

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