Monach – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
M: I like to say we’re an alternative band to simplify it and keep it open. I don’t like the idea of labeling ourselves and putting some unspoken limit on what we can do. We all draw from a lot of diverse influences and channel that into the band. For me, there’s a lot of emo, a lot of pop punk, a lot of everything we enjoy really but blended together to be ours, but we’re constantly evolving and bringing in more.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
M: The band started under a completely different name two years ago with the rest of the band aside from myself being a completely different lineup. We all had wanted to do something together for awhile and it just kind of finally lined up where we all were able to do it. We recorded this super hasty demo to have material out, finished that just before our first show and started playing as much as we could. Members started switching out around the time we recorded our full-length ‘Duner’ and by the beginning of this year, we had our current lineup solidified.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
M: I listen to a lot of music personally and find that everything I listen to has some influence in one way or another. To name a few musical influences, The Starting Line, The Hotelier, Julien Baker, The Wonder Years.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
M: I’m a pretty big fan of the idea of being able to tour around the world, travel and see all these places while playing for and meeting tons of different people. I want as many people to be able to hear us and hopefully, have them singing right along with us at a show.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
M: I write the majority of the songs, although two songs on our album (“Skidnuts” and “It’s Not Right”) were written by former members of the band. Admittedly some of these songs are a good couple years old now and were written before the band was even formed, so there’s some songs about relationships and partying, and then some of the more recent ones focusing more on mental health and loss in one way or another.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
M: We do a lot of our promotion via social media and word of mouth! Social media’s just the perfect vehicle for that sort of thing and we feel bands with a strong social media presence and connection with their fans tend to have a strong foot up in the scene.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
M: Music’s changed a lot over the years. The majority of us grew up buying CD’s and watched it change to the digital age. It’s pretty normalized for us to be downloading music so we haven’t had any issue adjusting to it. Now we’re moving away from downloading and straight to streaming! Times move fast.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: Anything from The Wonder Years. Every playthrough of that album is simply amazing and makes me wonder what went through their heads throughout the process. A lot of emotion and instrumental harmonies that combine into beautiful records.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
M: I could rant so we’ll keep it simple: The music industry is full of selfish people that wish to manipulate artists and use them for personal gain without giving back to the musical community.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music
M: Honestly, there’s already been a ton of them. Putting out ‘Duner’ and having something out there in the world is something special to me especially. There’s a song called ‘Grandfather Clock’ I’m particularly proud of that ends the album. It was written for my grandfather after he passed, and it ends with a segment of a speech my grandmother gave at his celebration of life, and being able to kind of honor him and their relationship like that and kind of encapsulate a bit of it is something that means a lot to me.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: Right now we’re working on touring and making our name known. We’ve been sitting under the radar for a while so now our goal is to come out and show the world what we have to offer.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
M: We have a run we’re booking through eastern Canada. If you’re looking for songs you can relate to, songs that make you think, and energy that will make you dance, then you should totally come out and see what we have to offer. We don’t have a sell, if you like what we make then we invite you to have fun with us.