MONOPHONICS

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Over the past five years, Monophonics have staked their claim as the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier funk/soul band. Raised amid the city’s rich musical culture, these young musicians proudly carry on the tradition of music native to their hometown.

Monophonics were formed in 2005; originally an instrumental ensemble comprised of guitarist Ian McDonald, bassist Myles O’Mahony, saxophonist Alex Baky, trumpeter Ryan Scott, and drummer Austin Bohlman, the band has recently added the dynamic soul vocals of keyboardist Kelly Finnigan. The result is psychedelic soul & heavy duty funk, which harks back to the stylings of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted in the present.

As a mainstay of San Francisco venues such as the Boom Boom Room and the Independent, the Monophonics have created a national buzz and fervent local following, sharing the stage & bill with such names as Soulive, Macy Gray, Budos Band,
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MONOPHONICS Playin & Simple album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playin & Simple
Funk Jazz 2007
MONOPHONICS Into The Infrasounds album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Into The Infrasounds
Funk Jazz 2010
MONOPHONICS In Your Brain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Your Brain
Funk Jazz 2012
MONOPHONICS Sound Of Sinning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound Of Sinning
RnB 2015
MONOPHONICS It's Only Us album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Only Us
RnB 2020

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Chances
RnB 2019

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MONOPHONICS Into The Infrasounds

Album · 2010 · Funk Jazz
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Of any style of music played wrong, nothing sounds much worse than bad funk, and that’s why I tend to approach new retro funk bands with caution. The trouble with a lot of today’s bands that try to bring back a 70s vibe is that they get too hung up on the schtick and the obvious outer trappings of the music, but I’m happy to say that Monophonics do not fake the funk, and although they aren’t quite a top tier band yet, they are well on their way. Monophonics pull from a number of sources to create their sound; classic funk from The Meters and The JBs, Afrobeat from Fela Kuti and soulful blues rock ala Buddy Miles. Some songs stay true to one style, while others may mix things up a bit. Although the Monophonics may not have the razor sharp precision of the JBs, or the impossible to duplicate syncopations of the Meters, any seasoned funk fan will tell you that these guys are on the right track. Their ensemble feel for rhythm is pretty tight, but unfortunately they still lack a really strong soloist to help push these jams over the top.

Some of the top cuts on here include; “Low Blow”, which is a dead ringer for an early Meters tune, “Gappa” an African groove with a nice closing flute solo, and “Loose Nukes”, their most heated number with a guest solo from Karl Denson. I noticed that the Monophonics are playing the college scene jam band circuit, I bet they are better than a lot of other bands playing that scene.

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