Friday, April 06, 2018

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The latest album of the rock band The Monks of Doom has a Brontë twist:
Monks of Doom. The Brontë Pin
The first album of new material in 25 years.
Pitch a Tent Records

David Immerglück, Victor Krummenacher, Greg Lisher, and Chris Pedersen, collectively known as Monks of Doom, release their first new album of all new material since 1993’s “Forgery” this fall on Pitch A Tent records. Recorded over a several years beginning in 2009, “The Brontë Pin” continues the Monks’ spontaneous forays into the worlds of improvised music, adventurous instrumental work, dystopian paranoia and mind-melting psychedelia. Recorded and mixed by Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club, David Byrne, Chris Isaak, The Black Crowes), the album simply picked up where the Monks left off, in 2005 with their album of covers, “What’s Left For Kicks?” By measures more aggressive and more laid back than previous recordings, “The Brontë Pin” continues in the grand tradition of this exceptional yet reclusive group of musicians, melding myriad influences into a virtuosity hard to define in the world of current music: The Monks fail to fit into any particular indie rock marketing term. They remain untamed, oblique and defiant. They simply are Monks of Doom.
The Aquarian interviews David Immerglück, Immy, guitarist of the band who explains the reasons behind the name of the album:
As all-things Monks of Doom, The Brontë Pin has more than an air of mystery. Firstly, its title is a direct reference to Charlotte Brontë, the eldest of the famed 19th century authors, whose Jane Eyre cracked the lid on the private consciousness of her own unique voice and that of her gothic generation. “My mother is a cousin twice-removed from Charlotte,” Immy explains. “The pin on the cover is a family heirloom that my mom and my late grandmother called the Brontë pin, this kind of supernatural connection to people from the past that you carry with you, which is perfect for the Monks. We are obsessed with the supernatural and it comes across in these songs, specifically the instrumental that I ended up naming after this pin.” (James Campion)

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