MONOPHONICS - IT'S ONLY US VINYL (GATEFOLD LP)
Release Date: 13th March 2020
The new album from the San Fran Bay Area soul-rockers is their best yet. It's Only Us cuts a classic, golden-era soul sound with a psych-rock attitude for the perfect blend of soothing, yet spiky tunes that teleport you back in time one moment and then speed you through to the modern day! Phon-tastic!
FFO: Ikebe Shakedown, Durand Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, Khruangbin
"With a timeless sound that blends heavy soul and psych-rock, Monophonics have built a reputation over the past decade as one of the best live bands in the country. Led by singer Kelly Finnigan, the band has drawn on their colorful history - both their experiences as veteran touring 2 performers and as individuals growing up in the Bay Area - to create "It's Only Us," their fourth release since 2012. A reflection of what they see as the current state of the world, the record touches on difficult subjects such as broken relationships, mental health issues, gun violence and power struggles, all with an underlying message of unity, resilience and acceptance. The band's signature style of arrangement has been expanded with top-notch production and creative instrumentation to round out the Monophonics' trademark soul sound, while Finnigan's vocals are more powerful than ever. At times these tracks can feel classic, as familiar as an old song you grew up with, while simultaneously raising questions about the state of music in 2020 and what the future might hold. "It's Only Us" is the sound of a group continuing to grow as songwriters, musicians, performers and people - reflecting on where they've been, and pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the years to come."