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New Limited Edition T-Shirt Designs.

Behind every great musical act is a great artist who creates visual images to reflect the heart and soul of the music. We are very fortunate to have Eric Robison from Imagiboom Entertainment as a major contributor to the visual aspect of our work.  Edge and attitude, that’s what Eric brings to “Monkey Art”. From his creative headquarters in Hawaii, Eric has created some of the art used for our show posters.  And now, a few of Eric’s pieces are being released as part of our “Starch Monkey Custom T-Shirt Series.”

Featured below is a piece titled “In Yer Face.” We will be adding new designs on a regular basis and hope you will be adding these shirts to your regular wardrobe.  Go to the “MERCH” tab and see what we’ve got!

Thanks for your support and “Rock on.”

JR

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REFLECTIONS FROM THE STAGE

SM_LOGO_2014Hey everyone!  We are one week removed from our third appearance at the world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip and what a show it was.  This was our first show since October and a lot has changed with us since then. Rashawn Bump joined Starch Monkey just about one month prior to the show at the Whisky, so he had to ramp up very quickly and he really delivered.

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We love playing the Whisky…it was our very first gig as a band last year and we have had a blast all three times.  Just being in that space that has so much history is a humbling and exciting experience.  This latest show was interesting for us too because we wanted to debut three new tracks that we have yet to record and that demonstrate the evolution of our sound.  These three new tracks (“In My Hands”, “Take Me Home” and “Grand Central Breakdown”) have a heavier mix of keyboards which allows Jim to show everyone just how talented he is on keys.  These tracks are also a bit of a departure from some of our more straight-forward rock tracks (like Days Gone By and Contentious) and allow us to show some more nuances while still rockin out.  It was really great to get feedback on these new songs from all of you who came to the show.  The show itself felt really good for all of us up on stage.  Live shows are always a bit of a combination of excitement and raw terror for me because no matter how much we prepare at our rehearsal studio, the unexpected can always happen….but that’s what makes it fun!  It was a GREAT crowd and my hat goes off to all of you who continue to support us and continue to come to our shows.

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Your support means a lot to us and I am so appreciative that you enjoy our music, and the venues are too! Just a few days after the show, the Whisky contacted us and asked us back, again.  So we are going to do it all again on Friday, March 21 and hope that you all can kick off your weekend with us.  You can get pre-sale tickets right here on this site and we can’t wait to see you there.  All of us hope to do more posts like this in the future too so you can get a little more insight into what goes on behind the scenes.  Thanks for listening, thanks for reading and can’t wait to see you all again soon.

Rock on.

Chris

PHILLIP LOPEZ – OUR NEW MANAGER

PML.1_postPhillip Lopez, Starch Monkey’s new band manager is a native of Los Angeles. He brings a varied worldwide perspective to the band with over 20 years of experience producing advertising campaigns, motorsports commercials/videos. His work travels have taken him from one end of the United States to the other, as well as countries such as Europe, Australia, Central America, South America, Bali, Canada and Japan. Lopez’s first order of business for the band is to promote the upcoming Whisky show on February 1, and immediately afterwards, getting Starch Monkey into the studio to record their next EP. “Phillip’s experience as a film producer is the perfect match for this new paradigm of the music business,” says bassist Brad Wetmore, “There are so many aspects of pushing Starch Monkey forward that with Phillip’s new perspective, we’re setting ourselves up to bust through all of the challenges ahead.” ”I’m a huge fan of live music and Jack Daniel’s, what more would I need to know?” laughs Lopez.

He has worked with industry celebrities Charlie Sheen, Sigourney Weaver, Director Ridley Scott, Jeff Bridges, Pamela Anderson, Shannon Elizabeth, NFL Coach John Gruden as well as NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart. “Lopez has worked with some pretty big personalities, I think I’ll put him to the real test” jokes Starch Monkey lead singer, Chris Johnson.

RASHAWN BUMP – OUR NEW LEAD GUITARIST

rashawn_singleAnnouncing the addition of Rashawn Bump as the new lead guitar player for Starch Monkey. Rashawn is a So. Cal. native and fellow alum of the Musician’s Institute. “I placed a musician wanted ad at MI and when Rashawn answered, I had a good feeling,” remembers Wetmore.  ”At the audition, we literally just counted into ‘Days Gone By’ and he NAILED it.”

Rashawn joins Starch Monkey as they prepare to go back out on the Club Circuit and back in the studio to record their next EP. “Rashawn really breathes new excitement to the dynamic of Starch Monkey” adds Rellas, “his guitar skills open up new lanes for me as a Songwriter as I begin to add keyboards into the new tracks. So great”

Come out and meet Rashawn and hear some new Starch Monkey music at their first show of 2014 at the World Famous Whisky a Go-Go, Saturday night, February 1st.

THE WHISKY WELCOMES BACK STARCH MONKEY FEB 1, 2014

Whisky Logo_Black (1)2014 is shaping up to be a great year already. The Whisky asked us back for our third time! So mark your calendars for Saturday night, February 1. We’re scheduled to go on after 9, but be sure to get there early! We’re opening for Hollywood Roses, the Guns and Roses Tribute band – this is sure to be a great night. So get your tickets now because this time they will spell our name right on the marquee!

http://starchmonkey.com/tickets/

300 WATTS OF BASS AMP GLORY

svt_stones_with_SVTs_cropduoHey guys it’s Brad – I want to take a moment and point out one of the highlights of my 2013, I finally got an SVT. I’ve been dreaming about this amp for a long time. I want to share with you some of the history of this epic rig:

THE SVT STORY

1969 was a year giants rocked the earth, and they wanted big amps. By that point in history, rock music was the baddest man in the whole damn town. Stadiums and outdoor festivals was where the action was—Madison Square Garden for chrissakes. Fifty watts just wasn’t enough to move that chick in the 61st row in her hand-embroidered bellbottoms. It wasn’t as if nobody was filling the void—witness the stacks of Marshalls, mountains of Hiwatts, and truckloads of Dual Showmans doing more to promote tinnitus in a single generation since WWII.

To get the entire story, visit: http://www.ampeg.com/history.html

Thanks Ampeg.

BACK AT THE WHISKY

Whisky2_Chris2What a great show. It was so awesome to rock the Whisky again and see so many of you come out and support! We loved seeing the t-shirts and a stuffed monkey even made it to the edge of the stage! We really appreciate all of our AWESOME fans who continue to show us love at our shows. We couldn’t do it without you!

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