An Interview With Lucky Monkey
A new album release from Lucky Monkey brings on a hard hitting and edgy hard rock opus with massive songs and hooks that take you away in an anthemic soiree of fists in the air arena style aesthetic.
The Evolve album is brimming with soul, riffs that stick, and songs that come through impactful and driving as hell.
These guys have a great crossover sound that bleeds into a 90's radio rock feel and it's all genuine and powerful.
Guitars are reeling, vocals are belting and performed with heavy handed passion, drums are pounding, and even organs are there giving the songs this added atmosphere and gusto.
Songs have a blistering energy and the whole thing really makes you want to see these guys live and, in your face, because you just know that energy is going to be there.
You get a warming and nostalgic feel from their particular brand of pure-bred rock and power.
The songs actually feel like their live just because of the way the players seem to feed off of each other's energies.
This album is absolutely classic and boasts everything you can want from a rock record including shredding solos and breakdowns all over the place to go along with memorable choruses.
With such a killer record we wanted to have a chat with Lucky Monkey to findout where this album came from.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with the Evolve album This record has such a genuine classic rock feel to it. Where did this album come from?
Instead of trying to force livestream shows during those dark ages of the pandemic shut downs, we locked ourselves in our home studio and wrote songs for a year. There was no direction of what kind of sound we wanted and we came up with 20 tunes we liked and were fun to play. A friend of ours started an indie record label in town, Hot Rhino Records and asked us to be his first band. We worked on the demos with him and rented the big room at the local studio and recorded the songs live off the floor, and overdubbed everything over the take we liked the best. We decided on the 11 final songs with votes.
Buzz Slayers: So when did music start affecting you? When did you know making music was something you wanted to be doing?
Every member of the band grew up with music, playing in hobby highschool and college bands and it was always the dream and everyone's first passion.But members come and go and its tough to keep a solid lineup together, so when Lucky Monkey was born in October 2016, we all knew we finally found a group to roll with, bounce ideas and just write and perform music. We never looked back.
Buzz Slayers: What inspires you guys to write a song?
Other great songs.When you hear a song that you can't turn off, it drives you to write better.
Buzz Slayers: This track has some great styles! Can you all give us some of your top musical influences?
We're all huge fans of RivalSons and Audioslave.From there each member has their own genres of rock they fall into.
Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?
Cass (singer) is a golf pro, Ryan (Guitar) is a pro podcaster and runs a small sound studio. Dylan (bass) is an animator and Josh (drums) works in the tattoo industry.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?
Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears. So damn catchy.
Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?
Just finished our summer gig schedule and taking some time off.
Buzz Slayers: This record feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming bands out there?
Write 30 songs, pick your favourite 20, record 10. Keep grinding. Practice, practice, practice.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you guys in the near future?
We have some songs that we feel were good enough for the album, but we wanted to keep it a single vinyl length so we may release those as singles in the near future. Record our sophomore album this fall.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thanks for listening, tell some friends! Indie music in a small market town is no easy venture. We appreciate any support.