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Monday, January 12, 2009
The Monks are a garage rock band, primarily active in Germany in the mid to late sixties. They reunited in 1999 and have continued to play concerts, although no new studio recordings have been made. The Monks stood out from the music of the time, and have developed a cult following amongst many musicians and music fans.
On April 14th, 2009 Light In The Attic is ecstatic to present the Monks recorded legacy through two lavishly packaged and lovingly researched reissues (available on CD, LP, and digital download): The Early Years 1964-1965 as well as their landmark studio album Black Monk Time.
"Super snotty attitude... by disgruntled soldiers? With monk haircuts, no less? My jaw dropped." - Jello Biafra
"It was just guitar, bass and drums but they made them sound like nobody had ever made them sound before.... the Monks were inventing music for themselves." - Ira Kaplan, Yo La Tengo
"You can hear their influence across the decades." - Colin Greenwood, Radiohead
Numerous period photographs (many unseen) and an extensive two-part essay by Canadian music journalist Kevin Howes (Rodriguez - Cold Fact, Jamaica - Toronto series) accompany both releases and tell the Monks story like it has never been told. Bonus material dating back to pre-Monks Torquays and up to post Black Monk Time 7"s are also included.
The 2009 Light In The Attic reissue of Black Monk Time and The Early Years 1964-1965 is the current manifestation of the Monks' crystallized vision. It means the world to us (and to the Monks; remember, "We're all Monks!"). As far as we're concerned, we feel that Monk music should be filed with pride alongside the Velvet Underground, Can, The Stooges, and Fela Kuti in the great record cannon in the sky. Long live The Monks!