Saturday, June 05, 2010

Monkey Trick - New Band Alert

I found Monkey Trick while watching the band, Temper Trap’s, video “Sweet Disposition” on youtube. (Great video, btw.)

Monkey Trick’s frivolous name belies their lyrical social awareness. I wonder why they arrived at such an inane name? Perhaps it their way of paying homage to Jesus Lizard’s popular song; or perhaps they see themselves as, literally, a mischievous prank?

Despite their contrary moniker, Monkey Trick’s music is not a joke and the band does have musical skills. The lead singer’s voice is reminiscent of Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and his lyrics are delivered with the same intensity as Vedder's. As well, the guitar work is stellar and the drumming is adept.

Scars is a great song/video because it reinforces that although people may have all the material comforts one could wish for; without emotional harmony, it’s all for naught. One must accept and process the traumas of one’s youth in order to enjoy the present.

One complaint - Monkey Trick’s videos follow the same format - lyrics are shown against accompanying still photos reflecting (or projecting) the song’s emotional intent. Then again, perhaps the band is too young to afford costly video production and engineering.

Despite initially resenting the ‘sing along’ style of their videos, I am glad I was able to read the lyrics as I would have misheard some areas. Either I was spoiled by the lyrical hand holding, or the songs could do with better sound mixing.

Now, I’m not sure if I am off here, but as I was googling the band’s name, looking for more information, I came across a blog entry by an “Eddie Vedder” stating Monkey Trick was a new band of his. Is this real, or is it a ‘monkey trick’? I’m not sure at this stage, but I do know that the band is worth checking out - especially the songs, No Horns, no Halo and Scars.