Monica Attell
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Monica Attell

Stamford, Connecticut, United States | INDIE

Stamford, Connecticut, United States | INDIE
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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Monica Attell,"Band Geek" (Indie Release)
Wow, this is a rarity, pure-pop music with clever lyrics. From the hilarious title, "Band Geek", you get the impression that the music will be some boring, music-prodigy tripe - but, not so on this CD. Sure, she shows off her piano prowess, but she doesn't fall into the trap of most "prodigy" types - it doesn't foreshadow the actual music. Monica Attell delivers perky singing on songs about teenage female angst, but not in a condescending way like Alanis Morrisette. Whether it is a scathing view of "Pop Star", infatuation on "Nineteen" and the hilarious social commentary of "Drunk Girl". Monica
http://www.myspace.com/monicaattell
Rating:
3 and 1/2 stars
Review by Scott H. Platt

- Ear Candy Magazine


There is a certain…something…about the 1960’s that brings thoughts of root beer floats and sock hops. It is this…something…that creates the retro charm that is Monica Attell’s music. The Stamford, Connecticut singer/songwriter takes a solo break from her band BETA ZANE and is releasing her new EP You’re Popular in early 2009, and the track “Honestly” from it makes you want to put on a poodle skirt and slow dance with your beau. The easy to learn and easier to rhyme lyrics make the song catchy without being patronizing.

Chris Young, who has worked with the likes of George Clinton and The Ravonettes, produces You’re Popular. Attell is a classically trained flutist, and her talent and passion shows throughout her songs. This is especially apparent in the title track where in the first few chords the sound of her flute breaks through the pop sound to create the most danceable song on the EP. ”You’re Popular” resonates such smiley bubble gum undertones that it’s almost as if it erupted from the mid-90’s movie Clueless. Lyrics like “You’ve got people who call you each night and want to hang out with you, put your makeup on, do it perfectly, and strike a pose like a celebrity” bring a smile to everyone from a ‘tween to a lady who lunches.

“Sunny Day Fantasy” tells the tale of the youthful trouble-making that can arise from having too much time on your hands with a partner in crime, while ”Side Steppin” slows things down to a swanky crawl. The last song on the EP, “Waiting”, echoes what every girl thinks when those butterflies start fluttering around in her stomach for a certain boy. This slow ballad is introspective compared to the other tracks, and if you listen close, you are transported right back to the 1960’s again as a hint of the Shangri-Las peeks through the slow melody.

Monica Attell brings a fresh and youthful voice to pop music and provides songs you can sing to. You’re Popular will be what brings the sun to your rainy day, and Attell’s voice is the sun that brings the heat.

Review by Lisa Perron

- Target Audience Magazine


"Raw female fronted garage rock....Zeta Bane has accomplished the virtually impossible..they sound absolutely like nobody else. The only band I can remotely compare Zeta Bane to would be the raw feeling of Sweden's Sahara Hotnights. Jump on the Zeta Bane Bandwagon quick before everyone else finds out about this extremely unique group of talented musicians." - 1heavymetal.com


"Squarely between obnoxious (loud covers) and the depressing (moody folk), Zeta Bane gives your bane self a boost...this is a local band with the potential to make it happen." - Brita Brundage


"Zeta Bane is a band that falls somewhere between Punk, Rock, and Blues... This is not to say that they are lost and searching for a genre, they use all genres to create their own distinct and powerful sound. Zeta Bane really did it for me, their sound is tight, rehearsed and professional." - Dennis Halsey


sunday, january 13, 2008

Monica Attell - Band Geek


Monica Attell – Band Geek
2006, Monica Attell

Monica Attell has quite the pedigree. She holds a masters degree from the Boston Conservatory of music in Flute Performance. She previously fronted the band Zeta Bane, one of the hottest bands in the Greenwich Village scene the first part of this decade. Of course there is also the family connection: performing runs in the family, with big brother Dave Attell setting the standard.

Perhaps not THE standard; Monica Attell has standards of her own to set. From the opening of Band Geek, her solo debut, it is very clear that there is more than one artistically powerful voice in the Attell clan. Band Geek is a musical oddity. The musicianship is incredibly tight, and includes perhaps the best rock flute this side of Ian Anderson. The lyrics are funny and jarring ala Ben Folds, and Ms. Attell’s vocals are powerful and cutting. There is literally no one quite like her in pop music today.

From the opening notes of “Be There For You”, it’s very clear that this is story telling on Ms. Attell’s terms. “Be There For You” describes that friendship we’ve all had with someone we truly can’t stand but for some reason continue to associate with. “In My Head” starts out sounding like something out of the Elton John songbook. “So True” is built on top of a driving piano intro that resolves into this incredible jazz/funk influenced chorus. Other highlights include “Nineteen”, “Drunk Girl”, and “Don’t Really Know”, and my favorite so far, “Rising Sun”.

In truth, there is not a weak song on Band Geek. This CD should be in the hands of the masses, and is a workshop for all who would be Indie Rockers. The music sounds like it was written and performed for the love of the music, without agenda, and without a specific plan to say something. The end result is an honest and authentic work of modern rock/pop.

No one can guarantee fame or riches in the music business, but Monica Attell deserves the stage and your attention. Catch on to her now, before her star takes off!

- Wildy Haskell


Well crafted lyrics, a nice vocal range, and her masterful flute make Monica Attell's Ode in Bb "In My Head" an interesting combination of singer/song writer and pop. Her lyrics are much "deeper" than most pop, and accompanying her somewhat soulful lyrics is an interesting arrangement of piano, flute and pop percussion. Fun and creative.
- Indie Limelight Radio:Khiki Kavan


This is a really cute pop song with a twist; the lyrics are almost anti Pop (or anti bubble gum at least.) The flute (mastered my Attell) and Monica Attell's vocals also set this song apart from a lot of pop. Monica Attell is a talented artist, definitely worth giving a listen.
- Indie Limelight Radio: Khiki Kavan


Discography

Band Geek c. 2006
My Bully c. 2008
You're Popular c. 2009 Izzy Gold Records/Monica Attell
*all albums available on the Orchard.com; Napster, I Tunes, Rhapsody and other major digital retailers.

Hear "So True and Pop Star" on XM 43 Satellite Radio www.xmuradarreport.com and Unsigned Cafe.

Zeta Bane's cover of David Bowie's tune "Cracked Actor" was featured on the Skipping Disc's CD, "Spiders from Venus."
This disc was released in November 2003 for skippingdiscs.com

"In My Head" on www.acousticfuel.com, www.music4ipods.com,www.bandradio.com, www.buzzradio.com

Monica is the star of the new documentary "The Pied Piper of La Gonave," about Monica's experience teaching music in Haiti.

Check out the trailer at www.fitzant.com/test6.html
www.haitilumieredemain.org

Monica Attell appeared on Q104.3 "Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke" November 4, 2007 www.q1043.com

Monica has also appeared on these internet radio and TV stations:

Rock Me TV.Com
Ghost XM
Band House Live
Banana Peele Radio
Artist First World Radio
Kweevak.com
WJFN 99.7 FM
104.4 FM Los Angeles
89.5 FM NY
Q104.3 FM major New York market radio
Underground Mix Radio.com
FM102x.mevio.com
Indiefeed.com

August 2010: "Honorable Mention" for "You're Popular" Billboard World Song Contest.

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Few artists could make a successful transition from earning a Masters in Flute Performance from the Boston Conservatory to performing with the Visions 2000 Gospel Choir to fronting the power pop punk band ZETA BANE. Monica Attell has done that, and her stature within the independent music scene is on the rise.
Fueled by Attell’s powerful yet versatile vocals, which can range from ballad to hard-driving power pop punk goddess, ZETA BANE opened for acts such as Berlin; Wakefield; David Johanssen; and Attell’s brother, stand-up comic and Comedy Central personality Dave Attell. When that band broke up in 2004, Monica gathered two albums worth of material and got back in the studio.

The album “Bank Geek” followed, the title a nod to the band friends that she’s known since starting the flute in fourth grade. “My best friends were always in the school band with me,” Attell says. “When you get to high school, you realize that’s your support group. Many of my band friends are still playing, too.” In 2008, Monica released "My Bully."

Attell is also a talented music teacher, traveling to Haiti for eight days to teach recorder to over 250 children and 75 teachers. Her documentary about the trip, “The Pied Piper of La Gonave,” premiered at the Avon Theater in Stamford, CT and has been shown at Yale, the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University, and SOBs in New York City.

Monica has performed at First Friday Las Vegas, The Block Island Music Festival, Unicity Music Festival, and the CT Wine Festival.
She has appeared on the NYC TV program "Gigs," hosted by The Apprentice alum Erika Ventrini.

Monica Attell was featured in the September 2007 issue of Urban Mainstream Magazine and in the November 2007 issue of Northeast Performer Magazine. Monica was also featured on "Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke," on Q104.3 FM. Monica has also performed on Rock Me TV.com live on the internet.
In 2008, Monica signed with Izzy Gold Records, a NY based independent record label which is co-owned by Ally Hilfiger.
Monica recently released a new EP with Chris Young (producer of Ashley Simpson, George Clinton, The Ravonettes) titled "You're Popular," through indie label Izzy Gold Records.