Wednesday, June 6, 2012

REVIEW: Monophonics - In Your Brain

Peanut butter and jelly, gin and tonic, Scott and World's Sexiest Man lists -- some things just go together.  I submit that funk/soul and psychedelia, in the right hands, belongs in that list as well.  And the right hands are, without a doubt in my mind, San Francisco's Monophonics.  The band's latest statement is In Your Brain, out now on Ubiquity Records.  A great introduction to the sound of the album is "There's A Riot Going On" --

In Your Brain is 14 tracks of meaty, swirly psych/funk.  Fans of Sly and the Family Stone will embrace it happily, but it also reminds me of stuff we used to hear in clubs in Chicago "back in the day".  There is genuine urban swagger, rhythms boasting big muscles and horns that punch into the brain pan.  And the gritty, soulful vocals suit the style perfectly.

Title track, "In Your Brain" --

The band has been together for about seven years, originally as an instrumental outfit.  The current lineup is Ian McDonald (guitar), Myles O'Mahony (bass), Alex Baky (saxophone), Ryan Scott (trumpet), Austin Bohlman (drums) and Kelly Finnigan (vocals and keyboard).

"Deception" --

Have you been sitting on the couch too much? Need motivation to get out and experience life?  Let this one get In Your Brain and the problem is solved.

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