Monach challenging listeners with their dance worthy punk and honest lyrics…
How would you describe your music?
We’re a blend of emo, pop punk and alt rock. If you’re a fan of The Wonder Years, Manchester Orchestra, PUP or the like then you’re in for a great time! If you’re looking for honest, introspective lyrics with lots of highs and lows then you may be interested in what we have to offer.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
It’s been quite a shift since the inception of the band. We started out in 2018 with a completely different lineup than we do now; Andrew is the only original member remaining. The band started as a passion project between a few friends jamming in a basement apartment and grew pretty quickly. Eventually people moved in different directions and there was a big change in the band. We met Nick at a show, Wryan while recording our debut album Duner, and Noah came in recently which means he doesn’t show up in pictures yet.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
A lot of us take influences from classic Emo and Pop-Punk influences. I guess all stemming from things like Blink 182, American Football, Circa Survive etc. Our music tastes have changed over the years but I think you can really boil down a lot from those bands.
What inspires you?
A lot of the music is inspired by the things happening around us. Personal experiences, challenges, successes and failures. I think there’s a lot we take away from the stuff we see and do that lends itself to the music. Andrew is the main songwriter in the band and he has a backlog of like…ten million songs so there’s no shortage of new stuff he has to show us.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Andrew does most of the writing in his personal time. He’s very musically influenced and you’ll always find him tossing new songs your way. We’re never sure what to expect until he tosses us a demo of something he’s put together. So I guess the answer is both?
What is your favourite song to perform live?
There’s two: We do a cover of Bad Guy that really pumps people up and gets them going. But outside of that, Everything’s Alright is our single that does very well live. I think it hits a mark live that you don’t quite get to experience on the album. It’s a lot of fun.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Toss us on a UK tour with The Wonder Years and I would probably lose my shit. Maybe toss PUP into the mix and that would probably let me die in peace.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
I think music is in wild place. On the good side of things, music is more accessible than it’s ever been; you can find any kind of music anywhere and at any time. But on the flip side, we’re seeing a HUGE shift in music moving away from live instruments to electronic. I don’t want to start sounding too old but I definitely see the decline in young local guitarists and the like in our area.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We played a show out in a city I won’t name so we can’t get hunted down. But there was just a series of wild experiences that night. There was a lady with two lazy eyes that we couldn’t figure out if she was talking to us or not. Then there was an Irishman trying to pick fights with anything and anyone. The bathrooms were unmarked so you got to play bathroom roulette to see if you ended up in the women’s washroom. It was wild but I think about those people often and miss them.
What are your future plans?
Tour tour tour. We’re booking a few runs right now and we need whatever exposure we can get to see if the music sticks. We’ve done a lot of writing and we’re already thinking two years down the road but right now the primary focus to play some focus to some people.