RARE MONK ANNOUNCE NEW SELF-TITLED EP
OUT NOVEMBER 20, 2015 VIA B3SCI RECORDS
“WARNING PULSE” SONG PREMIERE VIA PIGEONS AND PLANES
OCTOBER US TOUR DATES
“The guitar feels simultaneously dizzying and soothing, creating a contrast that works perfectly.” – Pigeons and Planes
Portand, OR’s Rare Monk will release a new, self-titled EP on November 20, 2015 via B3SCI Records. Lead single “Warning Pulse” – which was also recently featured on Urban Outfitters’ 5 Cities/5 Bands limited edition cassette tape – debuted online via Pigeons and Planes yesterday as an early preview of the EP, and the song can also now be streamed and shared via the band’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rare-monk/warning-pulse-8. The Rare Monk EP is also now available for pre-order via the B3SCI Records website: http://www.b3scirecords.com/product/b3sr-020-rare-monk-ep.
The apocalyptic-tinged Rare Monk EP was produced by Tom McFall (Weezer, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.) and is the follow-up to 2014’s widely lauded 7-inch “Splice/Sleep Attack.” Pairing forward-thinking arrangements and visceral, soulful instrumentation with a strong sense of effective pop songwriting (the band counts acts as diverse as Phoenix and Sonic Youth as key influences), the four tracks are a powerful statement of intent. A full track listing and cover artwork are below.
Rare Monk is born from the grit of jam sessions, proof that the modern day rock band who creates together, stays together. The band origins can be traced to the five-piece’s college years, where they were the go-to band for impromptu drunken dorm gigs and psychedelic jam-outs. In 2012, Rare Monk teamed up with producer Skyler Norwood (Horse Feathers, Blind Pilot) for their self-released Death By Proxy EP, and between then and now have been regular touring fixtures in the UK and on America’s West Coast as they honed their thunderous and affecting live show.
Next month, the band will play a series of U.S. dates – including shows during Pop Scene in San Francisco, CA and a School Night show in Los Angeles, CA – with Aquilo, Beach Baby, Leisure, and Oscar. A current itinerary is below.
Rare Monk are: Dorian Aites (Vocals, Keys, Violin, Guitar), Isaac Thelin (Violin, Saxophone), Jacob Martin (Guitar), Forest Gallien (Bass), and Rick Buhr (Drums).
Rare Monk EP track listing:
- California (Will Burn)
- Warning Pulse
- The Only Reason To Tour The Midwest
- Light Tricks
Rare Monk tour dates:
OCT. 5 PORTLAND, OR STAR THEATRE
OCT. 9 SAN FRANCISCO, CA RICKSHAW STOP (POP SCENE)*
OCT. 10 FRESNO, CA PEEVE’S PUBLIC HOUSE
OCT. 12 LOS ANGELES, CA BARDOT (SCHOOL NIGHT)**
OCT. 15 SANTA BARBARA, CA GOODLAND
OCT. 20 LOS ANGELES, CA THE BOOTLEG THEATRE^
* supporting Aquilo and Oscar
** with Aquilo, Blondfire, Marlon Williams
^ supporting Beach Baby, Leisure
Previous praise for Rare Monk:
“…hazy, spacey music with a pop sensibility” – Indie Shuffle, about “Splice”
“[Rare Monk] show us a thing or two about crafting near-perfect indie rock.” – The Line Of Best Fit, about “Splice”
“Dreamy, euphoric indie songcraft…” – Clash, about the “Splice” video