I have a new feature I will periodically post here about up and coming artists and I call it simply Sans Label. I was trying to think of a wittier name for this category but apparently I am suffering from brain-melt. I just can not think of something clever regarding independent unsigned artists.
How often I post Sans Label entries will depend on the alignment of the sun and the moon or simply whenever I am wowed by an independent or underground act. I will be sure to post a little something something up on this here site along with a MP3 to share with the band’s permission of course.
I am doing this out of the love for all music out there. I receive so many emails from folk asking me to check out their work. I feel this will be my thank you to all of the acts out there that spend day after day self-promoting their band. These bands are unsigned acts trying to get their name out there with a D.I.Y. attitude. I respect all genres of music so expect to see a variety of acts posted.
So without further delay here is the first Sans Label post:
A few weeks ago a Brooklyn based band named Monogold reached out to me via a simple email asking me to visit their MySpace page to check out their music. Always looking for something new I clicking on the link in the email and checked out a song titled “Feel Animal”. I was completely floored by how great it was. The upbeat dramatic indie rock song was such a pleasant track to hear.
In fact just listen to it for yourself.
DOWNLOAD THIS! – Monogold – “Feel Animal”
The song alone in my opinion is proof this band is going to be going places. Of course I don’t want to jinx them but imagine my surprise of hearing such a track and instantly loving it. I immediately asked the band for more.
The band kindly sent the rest of the EP to me titled We Animals. Just as I had hoped the other six tracks that were self recorded, self produced, and self released by the three members have a very likable feel to them. The harmonous singing and catchy guitar playing is perfect for a soundtrack to a warm summer evening drive. Trust me, I speak from personal experience.
The fact that this band is only a three piece amazes me. Honestly when you hear their sound in the rest of the EP you would like it would take more than a trio to perform such tunes. I thought so highly of this band I decided that I wanted to take their music a step further to help them get their music heard.
Recently I was appointed by my good friends over at Sexy Photo Trip (SPT) as their music director. I decided that I wanted to use one of Monogold’s songs for an episode of SPT. Monogold was thrilled I asked them to use their song in the video and honestly so was I. It fit perfectly.
You can see that episode by clicking HERE (warning all SPT material is NSFW so view at your own 18+ risk).
Look for Monogold to release the amazing We Animals EP next month. I am hoping they are able to tour as well in support of this sure to be a hit release.
Here’s a video from an earlier track titled “Leaves”:
One a side note, I plan on continuing this trend of using unsigned bands here in the Sans Label posts as well as in future episodes of SPT so if you know of anyone out there that is unsigned or independent and listenworthy, send them my way. I would love to hear them and maybe even get one of their hard worked songs into a fun episode on SPT.