Watch List: Monophonics - High Off Your Love
Blood, sweat and tears mixed with heart and soul - San Francisco's Monophonics are the epitome of what it is for a band to 'wear-their-heart-on-their-sleeve'; from the commanding horn section to the funk-scorched guitars and fat, churning grooves, the band radiate a pulsating, blisteringly raw authentic intensity that comes from deep within as they deliver an unfiltered, from-the-gut sound explosion steeped in the best traditions of their hometown's historic legacy of psychedelic soul and heavy funk that effortlessly and infectiously stirs the grooviest of instincts in the listener, the band leaving everything that they have on the track or stage with songs that passionately expresses the gamut of human emotions, as evidenced here as they perform 'High Off Your Love' for the 'Shiner Sessions'.
Formed in 2005 as an instrumental ensemble, they released 'Playin & Simple' (2007) and 'Into The Infrasounds' (2010) before adding the raw, gritty vocals of lead singer Kelly Finnigan as they sought to take a more vocally driven musical direction while putting their own contemporary stamp on San Francisco's soul and funk legacy, with the Monophonics becoming a local favorite at venues such as The Independent, Great American Music Hall and Sweetwater Music Hall.
With a growing national buzz, which has extended to a worldwide following, the band have played hundreds of shows both nationwide and overseas, including in eight different countries and at the Montreux Jazz Festival, with their cover of Sonny Bono's 'Bang Bang' going on to become a radio hit in Greece, and the Monophonics have shared stages with the likes of Al Green, Quincy Jones and Crosby Stills & Nash as well as playing shows with Galactic and Syl Johnson. 2012 saw them release 'In Your Brain' on Ubiquity Records, and in 2013 they toured with French soul star Ben L'Oncle Soul, with whom they have also collaborated on his upcoming album. You can catch the Monophonics on tour with Orgone on their joint west coast tour April through May.