Summer Sun, surf boards and beautiful blonde
babes. That's the monkey business most people think of when they
think of California. Who could work with all that distraction going
on anyway? What if your work is play and your play is monkey business?
Meet the seasoned melody makers of the alt/power punk band Sprung Monkey.
These San Diego, California natives have been giving the California experience
a whole new fresh face that has made them a popular local presence, while
their songs on MTV and hit films have opened the eyes of national and international
alt rock lovers alike.
most recent effort, "Get A Taste," is a collection of upbeat, hard
hitting alternative tunes that weave a rejuvenating rhythm through a positive,
good ol fashion shred! It was produced by Jim Wirt (Incubus) and
is off to an impressive start with the single "What's That You Say?"
and the melodic and lyrically potent "Unexpected." When I
attended the CD release party in their home town of San Diego, the guitar
action and unique rhythm patterns were so intense, the lights went out!
Well, actually, it was one of those darn Southern California rolling blackouts,
but without question, this is summer party material! Take them in
your beach bag if you are going roller blading, put them on the deck if
you are having a few dozen of your closest friends over for burgers and
brews, just make them your secret ingredient for your summer plans this
southern California favorite starting selling (Debut album "Swirl")
CDs out of their trunks in San Diego almost 10 years ago, but they first
came to the attention of the national crowd when their hit "Get 'Em
Out of Here," made the top ten Alternative list and became an alternative
anthem in the film "Ten Things I Hate About You." They also
appeared in the very first episode of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and contributed
music to the films "Dude Where's My Car?" and "Varsity Blues." You
will also hear them stowing away at the ESPN X-Games, the Freeride Moto-X
Championships and X-Surf. What I want to know is when do these dudes
stop to change their baggies?
Monkey has earned a reputation as a band who's music is for good times
and extreme sports. Fast and harmonious, unpredictable and hook laden,
they are a favorite of surf/skate/snow board video director Taylor Steel,
who used the band's music in all four of his films. Needless to say,
this has put them on the big kahuna's pedestal with surfer's the world
over, including a huge following of rabid surfers in Australia! Their
involvement in the surfing community also led to their participation in
"Mom:" Music for Our Mother Ocean, who's compilation albums benefit
this environment oriented surf rider foundation.
you haven't had the opportunity to catch Sprung Monkey live, they may be
coming to a town near you this summer. They are known for their relentless
road schedules and have toured in the past with the likes of The Offspring,
Blink 182, Sublime, Sugar Ray, Tool and Pennywise, among others.
This summer you will find them with the Kottonmouth Kings in the central
and eastern United States. If you want to get away from it all and
just feel good, this is the music for you. Its not dark. There
is no primal wailing and lamenting. You won't need therapy when the
concert is over. You will just be exhausted from jumping up and down
and getting stupid with your friends. As a matter of fact, the last
song on the new CD "Get A Taste" is a tongue-in-cheek number called
"Friends," which the band recorded surrounded by their friends in
a spontaneous party. That vibe carries through to the song, as it
does throughout the whole CD.
work has paid off in spades for these not-so-tame house party pets.
Sprung Monkey is coming to your town with your ticket to the California
surf scene. Will you catch the wave?
More Sprung Monkey
the Official Sprung Monkey Web Site
To/Purchase Sprung Monkey Music
on Sprung Monkey Tour Dates
Debbie Seagle is the Special
Features editor for the iconoFAN Network.
Live Photos by Debbie Seagle
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