We had a chance to catch up with the group for a quick chat before the show. We also have their new video below. Hope to see you there!
What can fans expect from a Monophonics show?
High energy, sweat, smiles, bodies moving, love! We try our hardest to put on a show that is hard to match in passion and enthusiam. A meld of psychedelic soul and hard hitting funk.
This is a hometown show – what’s it like to play in front of a San Francisco crowd?
It’s always great to play in front of our hometown family. Its like a homecoming since we have been on the road for two months and we havent played in SF for four months, so we are really looking forward this. San Francisco has some of the best music fans in the world and is certainly one of the best places for live music in the country. We are blessed to come up in such a special place.
You have a new record out. Can you tell us a little about it?
The new record took on a new direction. We delve deep into a psychedelic soul and hard funk territory. With our main inspirations being Sly Stone, George Clinton’s early Funkadelic records and Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfiled. We went for a DIY approach with our very own Kelly Finnigan and Ian Mcdonald taking the reigns in the engineering and producing departments, while taking technical inspiration from Orgone’s Sergio Rios. With a less is more mentality and an emphasis on songwriting and production, we managed to create a record soaked in retro psychedelia and a soul aesthetic while keeping one foot planted in the present.
You’ve been on the road for almost two months. What’s this tour been like, and is it good to finally be home?
Yes, we just completed our longest tour to date of 7 weeks. It was an adventure and we had a lot of great shows. We were in New Orleans for the entirety of Jazz Fest and also did three nights in Key West, which were obvious highlights. Chicago and St. Louis also proved to be two of the best shows on the tour with great high-energy crowds, not to mention our performance at the Wakarusa Music Festival. We made a great deal of new fans this tour and had a blast as we always do, but it was really good to come home to friends and family. Next week we head to the East Coastt and then Canada, the Northwest and Midwest till early August!