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Monogold
dreamy musical animals
by: Simon Heggie - June 10, 2010

This brooklyn 3-piece rocks around town with a falsetto voice and nicely patterned rhythms which had them on the road this spring with The Stationary Set after an appearance at SXSW. Formed in 2006 they released an EP titled “Waves” in 2007 and are now promoting their newest release “We Animals” which came out last year. These recent road dates find the band's live show played out more aggressively than their sleepily tinged album suggests. But in their love for all things mammalian, Monogold finds themselves situated somewhere between the sea and the land playing shows to friends and fans who can appreciate hand drawn cover art and self-recorded music.

Monogold seems to have a rapport with animals. How many domestic pets does Monogold own collectively?

We all really love animals, some enough to get tattoos of them (sea turtles, sharks, triceratops) but collectively, we own four. Well, five if you wanna count the mice Mike caught in his apt and turned into his newly captive friends. Jared has a dog named Daisy (or "Moo-Loo" if you want the scientific name), a golden cocker spaniel who is both our nemesis and our greatest collaborator when recording. She'll just stomp on a pedal or hit a loop and a new idea will suddenly spark. Its like having our own golden Brian Eno quadruped, who both pushes production and pisses on the rug.

Ah, didn't know Eno was a rug pisser. The name Monogold seems to come from logistical software solutions...any relation here in the choosing of your own name?

The name Monogold actually comes from an minimalist/ fluxus artist who Keith loves named Yves Klein. He did series of gold prints in the 60's, mainly to scam the artsy bourgeoisie which he detested, and called them Monogolds. Love the idea, dug the name...stole it.

Very nice, so are members of Monogold from Brooklyn or moved here from other areas?

All three of us are actually born & bred New York natives. All from different boroughs initially. Jared and I met at college in the city and moved to Williamsburg around 2004. Mike moved over a couple years later and we met him working around in the bars. Jared has his own studio north of the city, which is where we do all of our recordings. Its such a great thing to have the best of both worlds at your disposal. The energy and vibrancy of the city is so amazing. But at the same time we are able to go 30 minutes out and record in the middle of trees and green, which so ideal and influential for us, especially with our last ep "We Animals."

What does Monogold members do for survival jobs??

As with most bands in the city we know, we make our cash for gear and booze by bartending, or in some other form of the service industry. And oh how we love it!

Monogold recorded their own album correct? What software was "Feel Animal" done on and how long did the recordings take?

Yes, all Monogold recordings are done in combination in Jared's basement and Keith's apartment. "Feel Animal" is a good example of that. Keith wrote "Feel Animal" in his room to the steady beat of an old organ, which was in his family for like 30 years, using just an m-box and a 57 mic. Once the idea was laid out, we took the organ tracks, including the drum beat, and imported it to Jared's Pro Tools rig, which we used to record whatever additional tracks we needed to (more drums, percussion, guitars, etc.) and then mix. All with Daisy's help, of course. Creating the whole song from its inception to the final mix took many months, as does most of the tracks we write and record.



 
 

"The name Monogold actually comes from an minimalist/ fluxus artist who Keith loves named Yves Klein. He did series of gold prints in the 60's, mainly to scam the artsy bourgeoisie which he detested, and called them Monogolds. Love the idea, dug the name... stole it."


Monogold
"We Animals"


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What it is: Tripped out jams for lovers of experimental folk rock. For those who like: Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Beach House