Photography: Dylan Mead / @dylanmeadphotograph

Jazz-infused dream-pop melodies with hypnotising rhythms and lulling vocals have catapulted MONKS to the forefront of their audience’s psyches.

 

Have you always wanted to create music?
Not really. When I was a kid I was just into playing football and going out with my friends. It’s only been the last two or three years where I’ve started to write songs and start a band.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
The Pond show at the Invisible Wind Factory in 2017 was a big moment. I met Nathan, our guitarist, and the idea of Monks came about. Seeing them live with the loud guitars and synths blew my mind and opened my songwriting to different elements which I wasn’t putting into practice before.

If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
I think when people see us they definitely think we’re 70s inspired, but we all have our own style. In terms of the music, it crosses many boundaries: psych music, funk and modern alternative is what most of our songs are based around.

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What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Listening and seeing live shows is the biggest inspiration; taking bits from the music around me and making it into our own sound. I tend to write the music first, then put lyrics over the top depending on the tone or mood of the song. I tend not to write anything politically driven, I don’t really know enough about it and it can come off proper cringey.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
We would say our single Why Does Everybody Look The Same?. When played live, it proper goes off and I think lyrically holds a good message; one that everyone in the band relates to. As a song, musically, it shows us off well.

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Probably Nile Rodgers with Chic, he seems like such a sound fella and he’s a living legend. I’d also love to support someone like Tyler, The Creator; I heard he goes out on his bike and cycles around before shows. That would be boss to go on float with Tyler!

“I think songwriting is a great feeling; when you write a song and people sing it back at your shows, it’s just the best” MONKS

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Sound Basement on Duke Street will always hold a special place in our hearts. It’s where we did our first shows and learnt how to properly play live. Boss little boozer to watch the footy in as well, what a place!

Why is music important to you?
Without it I would be bored out of my mind, I wouldn’t have anything to do! I think songwriting is a great feeling; when you write a song and people sing it back at your shows, that is just the best.

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MONKS support The Night Cafe at Liverpool Olympia on 24th April. 

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