Monophonics

Monophonics

Quiltro

Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Showcase Lounge

$15 advance | $18 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Monophonics
Monophonics
Monophonics are just hitting their stride as one of the premier soul bands in the country. The Bay Area band delivers cinematic songs with timeless hooks anchored by Kelly Finnigan’s soulful organ and powerhouse vocals. Their sound is inspired equally by classic soul, heavy funk, psychedelic rock, and classic American songwriting.
 
The band’s main members live just North of San Francisco, CA in Marin county, a place revered among artists, surfers, hippies and musicians; three of them grew up here. The band members simultaneously revere and honor the Bay Area’s colorblind and highly diverse musical tradition that dates back to Haight/Ashbury’s psychedelic revolution and Sly Stone and the Family Stone’s multiracial, funky grab-bag. Soulful vocals, funky drum-breaks, psychedelic guitar licks and fuzz bass intermingle effortlessly across the band’s catalogue, most effortlessly on their newest EP: “Mirrors”.
 
Mirrors delivers a six-song fix to fiending fans and curious newcomers in advance of a new Monophonics full-length later in 2018. The release is all cover tunes with some well-known songs mixed in with some seriously deep cuts, all band favorites. “Sound of Sinning” (Transistor Sound Records, 2015), the band’s second full-length album since lead singer, producer and keyboard player, Kelly Finningan joined the band. Evolving from their psychedelic soul roots with “In Your Brain,” (Ubiquity, 2012), “Sound of Sinning” displays the bands’ appreciation for classic song craft and Summer of Love pop-soul-psychedelia.
 
Monophonics’ meticulous, yet raw recordings start just like their raucous and soulful live shows, “in the same room, cutting live as a rhythm section together,” Finnigan explains. Ryan Scott and Mike Rinta’s horn and string arrangements add accents and sonic colors to the tracks, completing the soul symphony. In the tradition of Stax, Muscle Shoals, Daptone and Dunham, Monophonics’ sonic approach is equal parts classic analog gear, (everything’s recorded to an old Tascam eight-track 1/4” tape machine), old-fashioned woodshedding, and Ian McDonald and Kelly Finnigan’s late night overdubs and studio wizardry. “We’re from the same school as the producers from the studios we love. We use the tools that we have to make the best records we can.”

Baked-in to any Monophonics record there’s a vibe, that elusive element that lesser bands can’t fake, as Kelly Finnigan put it: “I think it’s having people who are all on the same page, striving to capture that musical moment and being honest in their playing and being thoughtful and putting their ego to the side to serve the song.” Monophonics is Austin Bohlman (Drums), Ian McDonald (Guitar/Background Vocals), Ryan Scott (Trumpet/Back- ground Vocals/Percussion) & Kelly Finnigan (Keys/Lead Vocals) along with Max Ramey (Bass).
Quiltro
QUILTRO – pronounced /ˈkil.tɾo/ noun (Chilean) Street Dog

The music of Quiltro is a tribute to the street dogs living in the Andes village of Farellones. It was hearing those howls during the nights spent in those high mountains where the music of Burlington, Vermont’s Quiltro was conceived. Comprised of three musicians who travelled on the same train during different times in their lives, Quiltro is a musical journey that brings together a range of sounds, influences, and emotions. Mark Taylor’s thick ambient guitar and keyboard textures float above Mike McKinley’s melodic bass lines and JD Hoffmann’s driving drums creating a psychedelic wall of sound that builds and pulls on the heart strings. This is modern psych rock at its best.

“We always strive to make music that is real and connects with people on an emotional level. For us it’s always about truth and how that truth guides us and helps us connect to the light.” - Mark Taylor, Psychedelic News Today, July 2016

"We are often asked what is Quiltro and to me, it is that space we find when we become nothing but music. In the purest sense. It’s our chemistry, the sonic environments we’re trying to create, and an unspoken understanding that everything that we need to say can be said in our music. I don’t think we spend too much time trying to solve the mystery, we just respect it and work as hard as we can to nurture it.” - Mike McKinley, Doors of Perception Magazine, September 2016

In 2016, Quiltro made appearances at Waking Windows Festival, supported Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons at Higher Ground, and collaborated with DJ Clarity and VON HAUER. In 2017, Quiltro plans on sharing sounds that will be the equivalent of a greeting card to the world that reads: “Get Well Soon!”
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/