I'm Mel, cellist in A Genuine Freakshow. I was part of the 'original' line-up that Tim and Simon put together in 2004 and, after 6 years of rehearsals in the front rooms of student houses, playing gigs in pubs to 5 people and putting up with 5 boys playing Pro Evo Soccer for hours on end in tour vans, I'm still here! Not sure what that says about me really. Listening to: At the moment I'm listening to the soothing trickle of the filter in my fish tank, but I suppose that's not what you're asking for, so I'll stop being obtuse. I'm a bit of a Spotify fiend and will graze on whatever I can find whenever the mood takes me. Recent notable Spotify discoveries include Iron and Wine and Blackchords. I've been trying to decide what I think of Radiohead's King of Limbs this week, but I've yet to listen to it at 3am after a heavy night out, which is when I think it may click with me. In the next few weeks I'm looking forward to new releases from Elbow, Vessels and Jenniferever, three of the bands whose music I will be devouring ahead of writing sessions for our second album, which will begin to take shape over the next few months. Other bands I come back to again and again include The National, Sigur Ros and Mew. I'm also eagerly awaiting the debut album from Dry the River, great friends of ours who are set to invade the airwaves and the public consciousness very soon. They have a lovely single out called 'New Ceremony' - it's lush! Other old friends of ours, Cats and Cats and Cats, will be unleashing their second album later in the year too, featuring yours truly on cello. It'll be epic intricate layers of mathy proggy beautifulness (for want of a more elegant description!) I could list countless others but here is as good a place as any to stop. Reading: Currently reading 'When Will There Be Good News?' by Kate Atkinson. I read another book of hers - 'One Good Turn' - a while back and enjoyed it, so saw this title in Oxfam and snapped it up. Haven't read much of it yet but her character development is spot-on. Other books I've enjoyed recently have been 'White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga, and 'The Cellist of Sarajevo' by Steven Galloway. Watching: My current guilty pleasure on TV is The Tudors - probably completely historically inaccurate but it's entertaining so who cares? Otherwise I'm not really a TV addict, more a box-set addict - coming to the end of the 6th season of House and have just started on Battlestar Galactica after some gentle persuasion from my other half. I'm also keeping up with Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters on YouTube so I can keep up with the banter at band rehearsals. Playing: Plants vs Zombies rules. End of. Eating: I'm a bit of a foodie and would enter Masterchef if they hadn't decided to model it on X-Factor for the latest series. I bought an octopus on a whim to cook the other day, tentacles, suckers, eyes and everything! Had to look up how to cook it and even after following all the instructions it was still tough. I'll try anything once. Promo info: We're gearing up for a month-long tour in May,and looking forward to festivals this summer. But go and buy our single.