Good to Die Records has signed Seattle’s own Absolute Monarchs

June 14th, 2011

Absolute Monarchs sign with new Seattle based label Good to Die Records

Entering the studio in the fall to finish recording their much anticipated debut full length

This is one of those bands that doesn’t fit comfortably in any existing genre or scene in town. They balance loose discordance with well-anchored melodic hooks delivered with genuine emotion and energy. It’s rad to see them silence a noisy, unsuspecting bar crowd of hip-hop fans one night, and crusty punk kids the next. They’re an undeniably awesome new band. – Ben Verellen, owner, Verellen Amps

Seattle’s newest home for the finest in loud music Good to Die Records is thrilled to announce that they have inked a deal with local favorites Absolute Monarchs and will be releasing the band’s debut full length in the first half of 2012.

One of the bands leading the new school of rock in the Northwest, the Monarchs – guitarist Shawn Kock (formerly of Das Llamas), guitarist Miki Sodos, vocalist/bassist, Joel Schneider (My Goodness) and drummer Mike Stubz (Deadkill) – fuse hammering drum beats with growling garage punk vocals and jangly guitars that flirt with straight up power pop for a sound that is impossible to ignore. Add to it the angst and muddy reverb that have become almost requirements in the Seattle music scene, and what you have is one of the most compelling, emotional, and flat out rocking bands to emerge from the Emerald City in the past decade.

Although the Absolute Monarchs have only been together for two years, they’ve gained a loyal following in their hometown, packing legendary venues like Neumos, The Crocodile, Comet Tavern, and Sunset Tavern. The tastemakers of Seattle are starting to take notice too. They were chosen as one of the top 10 local bands in a recent poll of area bloggers, bookers, and publicists conducted by CityArts Magazine. Last year, they were tapped to perform at Seattle Weekly’s REVERB Fest, and this past April they played KEXP’s first ever Seek and Destroy presents show, opening for Portland’s Red Fang. On July 22nd, the band will be returning to the Capitol Hill Block Party, gracing the same stage at the Cha Cha Lounge where they made their debut in 2009.

Absolute Monarchs is:
Joel Schneider – vocals/bass
Miki Sodos – guitars
Shawn Kock – guitars
Mike Stubz – drums

Good to Die Records is a new venture by Nik Christofferson, the man behind the metal/hard rock blog Seattle Rock Guy

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. One of the loudest voices in support of the NW music scene, Christofferson has been expanding his influence through the many local shows he helps organize – including the recent Noise for the Needy benefit that featured Akimbo, Wildildlife, Smooth Sailing, Princess, and Vultures 2012 – and spinning metal and punk at local bars and clubs. Through Good to Die, Christofferson will be handpicking the best acts in the NW underground rock scene, with releases both large and small…on vinyl, of course.

For a preview of the Absolute Monarch’s debut record, check out:

Absolute Monarchs Live!

6/29 Seattle, WA – Re-Bar

7/22 Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party

Members of Absolute Monarchs are available for interviews.

For more information, please contact Nik Christofferson at

For all booking inquiries, please email

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