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Why you should maybe make it to Grapevine this Saturday

25 Sep

I was trying to decided the best way to describe Mount Righteous’ new EP Open Your Mouth, and the best idea I could come up with was to make a quick list.

Take a quick look at this.

  • Trombone
  • Piccolo
  • Trumpet
  • Snare
  • Accordion
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Melodica
  • Sousaphone
  • Cymbals

It’s like a polka band on crack, and it’s amazing. Really, I mean it, this EP is 5 songs of pure undiluted joy put in CD form.

Lacking any guitar, or bass the innovative EP features songs that  jump around enthusiastically citing  subject manner as esoteric as forming a band, to the elation over the freedom a vehicle gives you. I compare the experience of listening to this to my first listening of  Architecture in Helsinki’s In Case We Die, fun, load, and causing the windows to be down in my car.

You should Attempt to make it out to Zuroma’s in Grapevine to pick this up (I heard rumors it comes with a free pin, and stickers galore), and catch quality music from Hard Times, The County Lines and The English  Ram-a-Band.

Monotonix: What you see (on Youtube) is what you get.

25 Sep

For relentlessly  touring for so long, Monotonix is never short on energy. However, their shenanigans are… to say the least… the same old song and dance.

After scraping together the steep $15 cover Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios charged and managing not to catch H1N1 at a time like this, I thought surely we’d be in for a surprise. A reward of sorts. A good drink special, perhaps?

By the look of all the sweaty hair and the smell of B.O. wafting through the 250 occupancy room, clearly the crowd enjoyed itself. If they remember from the NX35 show in March at Hailey’s, I’m almost 100 percent positive the band opened with the same song (“Ride“) and come to think of it, the entire set seemed a little too familiar.

Monotonix is a fun band. Three guys tired of the Tel Aviv police busting up their shows came to the States, figured out a routine that worked, and consequently, stuck to it… Almost religiously.

Their music is nothing short of shocking — think 80s metal crossed with Satan and full moons (of the ass variety). However, Monotonix is a show band. Sound last night: Not so good. But I suppose you don’t go to Rubber Gloves expecting album-quality balance. And really, who was listening anyway?

I’d say Monotonix like having sex with a Prince Albert-donning, tattoo-riddled guy: Fun for one night, but afterwards it’s kind of like — okay, been there, done that.

Would I see them again? Probably not. But if you haven’t seen them before, it’s definitely a good time… Monotonix is booked at Emo’s in Austin tonight.

(video taken from the Gutterth youtube page.)