Four Australians are blazing a trail through the world of Indie Rock that has reached across the Pacific Ocean and set a growing wildfire in California. In fact, the title off their new EP, Neurogenesis, even speaks (and rocks) about a trip to California that could be mental, physical, or both.
The title track is quite good, with some blistering guitar that raises the song from indie rock joy to prog rock awesomeness. “Neverending Spirit” is the first single from the EP and has vocals and hammering drums that sound like the best Red Hot Chili Peppers – Queens of the Stone Age collaboration that still hasn’t happened.
I don’t know if “Kyoto” is a plea to stop global warming or if these Aussies just really like the town. I know it flat-out rocks, however. If you were cruising along in your convertible and enjoying the scenery during “Neverending Spirit,” then “Kyoto” will earn you a speeding ticket.
The final track, “You Shine,” is gorgeous. It’s a shot across the bow of indie rock. It is a song bands going at it half-assed are hearing in their fitful sleep. It is proof that these Monks are the real deal and coming for American airwaves and worldwide success. I think they’ll find it.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer.
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