Monkeytonk

Cincinnati, Ohio

Based on the handful of tracks posted on its MySpace page, Monkeytonk has had a fairly productive couple of years since forming in 2008. A lot of bands will gig for years and piss blood before they write a song as offhandedly brilliant as the Warren Zevon-like “New Hope For the Dead” (“That statue’s grinning like the whore of Babylon/With stone tits and broken teeth that hold on and on and on”) or the John Hiattesque Blues slink of “It’s Only Soap.” Ex-Plow on Boy drummer Chris Glen has just climbed aboard the Monkeytonk train and they’re finally, finally working on a debut release. Hurry.

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