About this project
We are Monarques!
Since forming and recording our EP in September of 2009, we have played shows all over the west coast. The band has had an amazing time singing and dancing our little hearts out, but the time has come to focus on producing the album that has been on all of our minds for the last year.
The boys have been in the studio recording for the past two weeks and it is coming along fantastic. The money you pledge will go directly to funding the production of the album. And MAN, producing a record is not cheap. The $1500 goal we have set up here will cover the cost of the recording, but mastering and reproduction will cost us significantly more. Help us create the album of our dreams and donate any amount.
Here is some press we have gotten recently!
"Monarques are sitting on a goldmine of dazzling vintage pop songs, but with only an all-too-brief EP to their name, they need to roll tape on their debut full-length as soon as humanly possible. With a growing fanbase including hip tastemaker Garrison Keillor, plus any Portlander that has crossed paths with their enchantingly refined sound, Monarques are primed for great things". EAC - Portland Mercury
"It was magic how you got them up on the stage dancing, just magic." GARRISON KEILLOR - A Prairie Home Companion (on our performance, backstage after the show)
"Splendid new seven-piece band Monarques have quickly become one of the most fun shows in town" - NED LANNAMANN - Portland Mercury
"Crooning ghostly doo-wop pop, well suited for any cloudy day or beach party. The melodies are well crafted and the echoey vocals are perfectly executed, with some great female back up harmonies. You can’t help but harken back to the days of standing around the jukebox, drinking coca-cola and falling in love." - KURT BAKER of The Leftovers
"Portland's Monarques churn out sunny bubblegum pop that would feel equally at home in a '50s sock hop as it would in a cramped basement show in 2010. What's most impressive is that Oh Captain, My Captain's Josh Spacek pulled the whole project together in just a matter of months. The seven-piece—which also includes a couple of female backing vocalists—takes the squeaky-clean elements of early rock and roll and sullies it up with a salty dollop of punk gruel. Monarques have been keeping busy with live shows, and released a self-titled EP filled with jangly guitars, piano, and harmonies that can make the sun shine in the deepest Portland basement. It's enough to make you shed your cynicism and take to heart what Danny and the Juniors proclaimed way back in 1958: "Rock and roll is here to stay." MARK LORE - Portland Mercury
Check out our website to find out about up coming shows and check out our fall tour schedule to see if we are coming to a city near you! Thank you so much for your support and we hope to see you at a show sometime soon!
Chrissy, Josh, Corey, Lee, Talia, Richard and Michael
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