Bay Area soul and blues by The Monophonics
The San Fransisco Bay Area is home to some great blues and folk musicians. Like Jesse Fuller who wrote his hit song “San Fransisco Bay Blues” and K.C. Douglas wit his hit ” Mercury Blues”. In line with the heritage of Fuller and Douglas as Bay Area citizen you will also like Soul and Blues inspired band Monophonics who deliver some of the finest modern soul and blues around the world.
Since the Monophonics started in 2005 they have released several albums. Two of those albums are avialable on bandcamp Into The Infrasounds, released in September 2010 and Sound of Sinning in April 2015. Listen to it here..
If you listen to this San Francisco based band you’ll hear multiple genres, styles and grooves. You could see them as a big cocktail with liquor from great soul acts like Al Green and Little Johnny Taylor. On the other hand the psychedelic sound of the 60’s and 70’s. Bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd.
“Can’t leave it Alone” is a song that fits perfect in the repertoire of Dr. John, this groovy New Orleans like blues song swings as hell and kicks of with some great harmonica. On the other hand you will find songs like ” Sound of Sinning” in the Monophonics repertoire, which contain soulfull vocals and deep melodies.
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Doo-Wop and Rock ‘n Roll
The last few days I listened to the wide range of songs this band brings home. you’ll see they show off their diversity while remaining true to their roots. Overall it’s heartfelt music and old school vibes, without losing sight of the present. This is music steeped in that timeless feeling when people could write and produce songs that you could listen to over and over again.
Monophonics is Austin Bohlman (Drums), Myles O’Mahony (Bass/Background Vocals), Ian McDonald (Guitar/Background Vocals), Ryan Scott (Trumpet/Back- ground Vocals/Percussion) & Kelly Finnigan (Keys/Lead Vocals) along with a rotating 2nd horn usually filled by Nadav Nirenberg (Trombone) from Ikebe Shakedown and Breakdown Brass.
The Monophonics – Bang Bang