Photo by Invisible Hour
The original trio of Monogamy Party – Kennedy on vocals, Yos-wa on bass, and Keith on drums – was a powerful enough entity. Just take another spin through their impish and intense 10″ EP Pus City right now if you don’t believe us. Or, just listen to the good people at Seattle Weekly who called the record a “gritty, well-crafted noise rock wonderland.” Now, just imagine injecting even more tumult into the mix via the Party’s new guitarist Ricky. The results are downright volatile.
Again, you needn’t take our words for it. You just have to crack open the bristling white-hot energy that is the band’s debut full-length False Dancers to experience it firsthand.
Recorded with the help of Austin Thomason (Jeremy Enigk, Pleasureboaters) and his mobile Mt. Plyushkin Studios, the band retreated to Granite Falls – the meth capitol of Washington State – to a property that was the former home of a hoarder who lived with a swarm of rabbits and peacocks. “It’s crazy up there,” says Kennedy. “Abandoned cars and garbage and metal everywhere. There’s even a pack of wild roosters roaming around.”
The joy and chaos of that experience blazes out of these 10 songs, with Ricky’s screeching guitar lines cutting through the thick syrupy sounds stirred up by the rhythm section. While the vocals flux between controlled narration demanding attention and squeals of frustration as Kennedy struggles to keep up with the rest of the band. They may cull from more serious influences like early Sonic Youth, Black Eyes, and Arab on Radar, but the sound of False Dancers is a sweat-soaked, drug-fueled dance party.
“The mission of the band,” says Kennedy, “is to create a sex positive, drug positive experience amid the frustration and chaos that constantly surrounds us.”
“Pus City is a glorious gift bestowed on our city of pussies.” – The Stranger
“Monogamy Party’s Debut 10” EP “Pus City” Is A Gritty, Well-Crafted, Noise-Rock Wonderland” – Seattle Weekly
“These Seattle, Washington-based reprobates have unleashed one loud, noisy, ugly and bad attitude laden salvo. Sometimes it just feels right to turn up the volume and distortion, holler your head off, and hit the drums like they owe you some money. In the case of the guitar-less trio of Monogamy Party, it works wonders and establishes them as new voice in the new noise rock movement that is currently taking place. This is one primal slab of sonic abuse.” – Verbicide Magazine
“This is the way rock and roll was meant to sound — terrible, frantic, and making you want to chug beers and throw the empty cans at the walls of your life around you.” – Redefine Magazine
“Monogamy Party harnesses the innate primality of their unusual drum-and-bass-and-vocals setup to create music that delivers almost physical blows, but the sneaky surprise lies in their secret pop sensibility that creates unexpected hooks of an entirely different kind.” – Sound on the Sound
“At times is pure aural anarchy, But there’s enough cohesiveness and talent to keep you coming back.” – Decibel Magazine