Oct 6, 2010

Monophonics - Into The Infrasounds



Biography

Monophonics is a prime example of the talent spewing forth from the streets of San Francisco and the musical standards set by the Bay Area for many decades. Since forming in 2005, Monophonics has become the hottest funk band in the Bay Area with their retro sound, style, and approach stemming from the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Winners of SF Weekly’s “Best of the Bay” Award for Funk/Soul/R&B band and featured in Relix Magazine’s “On The Rise” column, a new album and tour will ensure that 2010 is the breakout year for the band.

On September 25, 2010, Monophonics will headline The Independent in San Francisco to celebrate the release of their second full-length album, which features guest performances by Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power) and Jonathan Korty (Vinyl). Joining Monophonics will be soul-rock band Grillade and DJ Colt 45. As a special thank you, a free digital download of the new album will be sent to all advanced ticket purchasers before the album is available to the general public. In addition, all members of the Monophonics fan club will be able to purchase tickets before the general public. (You must be on the Monophonics email list no later than 12:00pm PT on July 28 to gain access to the pre-sale.)

Since releasing their debut album “Playin and Simple” in September 2007, the band’s popularity has grown thanks to performances at such major festivals as New Orleans Jazz Fest, High Sierra Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival and Las Tortugas Festival. Members of the band also appear on The New Mastersounds’ album, “Live in San Francisco.” But perhaps a review by the website Jambase.com best sums up what Monophonics is all about:

“Monophonics has been stirring quite the buzz throughout the bay area over the last few years with their organic seven piece funk out fit that sends the dance floor into a fury with their horn section that never disappoints.”

HIGHLIGHTS
• 4 performances at New Orleans Jazzfest (2010)
• Performed at High Sierra Music Festival (2008)
• Performed at Joshua Tree Music Festival (2009)
• Performed at Las Tortugas Festival (2008, 2007)
• Best Funk/Soul/R&B band in SF Weekly’s Best Of The Bay Awards 2007
• Tour history spans more than 300 dates
• Featured on live album from The New Mastersounds
• Forthcoming album features Karl Denson, Mic Gillette and members of Vinyl

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PRESS

“Monophonics [is] another prime example of the talent spewing forth from the streets of San Francisco and surrounding areas. With their retro sound, style, and approach, they have become one of the hottest upcoming live instrumental funk bands with inspirations stemming from the late 1960s and 1970s.”
Sacramento Blog

“Never one to offer audiences a breather, Monophonics, looking like they’d raided the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s closet and make-up drawer, funneled nasty strangeness into funky frames after the Hips.”
Dennis Cook, Jambase.com

“Monophonics has been stirring quite the buzz throughout the bay area over the last few years with their organic seven piece funk out fit that s ends the dance floor into a fury with their horn section that never disappoints.”
Falcore & Friends, Jambase.com

“Since forming in 2005, Monophonics quickly made a name for themselves, keeping the big horn-driven instrumental funk sound of the ’60s and ’70s alive with countless gigs around the Bay Area and beyond.”
SF Weekly

“One of the best bands to come out of Marin in 10 years.”
19 Broadway Nite Club

“Marin County’s “band of the year,” the fabulous Monophonics, featuring their powerfull trademark horn section – and rhythm section. This band knows how to get a party started. The ecstatic fans were jumping all over the place until the show ended and since nobody was ready to go home, they begged for more.”
Mike Ghiringhelli, Ross Valley Reporter

“This up-and-coming young band takes influence from the classic funk era of the 1960s and 1970s, and the dance floor is sure to fill up fast.”
Pacific Sun

“The power and the freshness of the sound knocked me out. Always great to hear horns over a funky groove, these boys are bad.”
Narada Michael Walden

“The acclaimed Horn Driven funk unit, *MONOPHONICS* is an electrifying band with unforgettable music. A Funky Bay Area sensation that will burn it down…”
Sunset Promotions

“The hottest horn-driven Funk this year”
Alex Andreas, The Boom Boom Room

“It’s no secret I’m fond of Vinyl, the Greyboy Allstars, and Herbie Hancock’s fusion era, and the Monophonics, to my ears, are sonically reminiscent of each while creating something fresh and funky.”
Matt Kramer, Marin Scope

“This band is a band on the rise. These young players are cooking up a hearty stew of funky rhythms. Catch them now and you will be able to say you were there when the party was just getting hot — of course they have had more of a year of being hot and show no signs of cooling down. Its a bold beat and a fun time.”
Guy Myers, Bandlands.com




Tracklist

1. Goliath 5:03
2. $2.50 3:14
3. Simon's Song 4:57
4. I'm Done 5:11
5. Ageless (feat. Karl Denson) 6:23
6. Low Blow 4:12
7. Grappa 4:56
8. Agamemnon 4:22
9. Filth Flarn Filth (feat. Karl Denson) 7:29
10. Can't Leave It Alone 4:44
11. Rotten Ribs 3:40
12. Loose Nukes (feat. Karl Denson) 3:42
13. Nunu 4:04

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