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Monophonics at The Roxy

May 19, 2014

IMG_2339 It had been some time since I had been to The Roxy in Hollywood.  The night was warm and felt like summer was on it’s way.  The room was largely as I remember it from my days of playing there and booking shows along the Sunset Strip.  I had been looking forward to this show as Monophonics definitely brings the funk and to paraphrase Flea – the funk just does something to your body.  And yes we do refer to it as “The Funk”. I have been aware of these guys for some time and been a fan from the start.  We used their track “They Don’t Understand” on our Fall 2012 Lookbook video and had a great response. IMG_2303 I was happy that the sound was heavy and dialed for the show and the boys did not disappoint.  They ripped through a 13-song set with skill and precision.  That’s definitely one thing I always come away with from Monophonics – these guys are real musicians that can actually play.  I know that shouldn’t have to be such a noteworthy point.  But in today’s world of sampled, spliced and affected “musicians”, I always appreciate the true players. IMG_2289 Being a rhythm section guy myself, I like to key in on bass and drums and Myles and Austin were in the pocket and in control all night.  Kelly’s vocals are gritty, strong and emotive at the same time and he gave everything to the performance and left it on the stage.   Ryan and Nadav on trumpet and trombone were tight bright and brassy, and Ian, on the guitar held it all together along with tasty licks and solos interspersed masterfully. IMG_2311 IMG_2326 About mid-way through the set, the band was joined by Ben l'Oncle Soul straight from Paris, France, for an amazing rendition of “Am I Grooving You”.  This was definitely one of the highlights of the night for me – and for the rest of the crowd, if the cheers were any indication. IMG_2335 Mr. Ben l'Oncle Soul IMG_2355 In the end, it was a great night hanging out with the guys, and I thoroughly dug the performance.  If you get the chance, don’t pass it up – go see Monophonics bring the funk! Roxy Summer's Coming To The Sunset Strip IMG_2246 Ian, Kelly and Myles Reppin' The HEX Gear IMG_2287 IMG_2274 IMG_2262 IMG_2265