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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Red Monkey
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
Troubleman Unlimited

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Red Monkey is a band from somewhere in the UK and the accents shine through. I believe that for the most part they are a three piece group but sometimes the incorporate another guitarist and a trumpet into the mix. Rachel, the bassist, and Pete, the guitarist, both share the responsibility of singing on this release. Apparently Red Monkey has been around since 1996 and have a couple albums out, they took a break for about two years to start families and live life like normal people. After the two years the decided to get back together and record another record, that being Gunpowder, Treason and Plot. The members of this band have played in other bands that are also completely foreign to me like Pussycat Trash, Milky Wimpshire and Huggy Bear. In their existence as a band the have toured the United States a total of 3 times touring with such band as Fugazi, Blonde Redhead, and Submission Hold.

This review seems more like a press sheet than a review to me, but that is because I'm not a huge fan of the whole off-time, jazzy, Sleater-Kinney style of indie rock. Although I do like jazz and I do like indie rock, this combination of the above just does virtually nothing to me. Yes, I like female singers and I can usually get into it at least a little but for some reason this just doesn't do it for me. Seeing how this band toured with Fugazi and Blonde Redhead I'm beginning to think that I may be the only person that likes Fugazi and Blonde Redhead and doesn't like Red Monkey. I want to make it clear that its not that this band is bad at what they play but there is just something about it that makes it hard to get into, for me. If you are a fan of many bands similar to Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, and Blonde Redhead this may be your thing so don't blow off checking this off just because its not my thing.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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