Monk Tamony
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Monk Tamony

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

New York City, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Indie





"Name: Monk Tamony
Track name: Leaders
Hometown: New York
Who? TJ Rosenthal (vocals, guitar) and Joe Zdaa (drum, vocals).
Why now? Here is the premiere of the duo’s new video taken from their soon to be released self titled EP.
Hear more:" Q Magazine - Q Magazine


"Most of who live in this city know exactly what it’s like to be surrounded by noise, all of the time. The new single from Monk Tamony called Back Of The Building is about those times when you just can’t escape the noise around you and just want to get away. The track is rife with rolling guitar riffs and a solid backbeat which gets our blood pumping for more from this new exciting duo. Comprised of Brooklyn born TJ Rosenthal (Vocals, Guitar) and Moroccan native Joe Zdaa (Drum, Vocals), Monk Tamony is a stellar, two-piece band producing punchy, hard-driving rock with unmistakable New York City attitude" - Pancakes & Whiskey - Pancakes & Whiskey

"Quality Not Quantity: Monk Tamony"

"Monk Tamony - Leaders.

Background promo - NYC indie duo, Monk Tamony, officially releases the next instalment off their forthcoming self-titled debut EP, Monk Tamony.

“Leaders” follows debut single, “Back Of The Building." Pancakes & Whiskey raved of “Back Of The Building," The track is rife with rolling guitar riffs and a solid back beat which gets our blood pumping for more from this new exciting duo.” Comprised of TJ Rosenthal (Vocals, Guitar) and Joe Zdaa (Drum, Vocals), the stellar, two-piece band produces super charged, hard-driving rock with unmistakable New York City attitude.

Zdaa and Rosenthal first met in 2002 at Dark Room, a discreetly hidden bar on Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. “Joe was a bartender,” describes Rosenthal. “And I was a DJ and a regular patron. It was always a scene, and I’d go some nights just make sure I wasn’t missing anything.”

In the fall of 2015, Monk Tamony put the finishing touches on their debut EP. The dynamic duo has already garnered new fans along both coasts and while Zdaa and Rosenthal might call Monk Tamony a happy accident, it’s clear that they’re purposeful about their craft. Their EP is coming later this summer and will be available for purchase on vinyl.

“I can’t wait to see where the Monk Tamony story goes,” shares Rosenthal. “The fun part is not knowing. But, as long as we continue to make songs that mean something to us, we’ll continue to put them out there.”

With deep drums and a bass line that resonates 'Leaders' has a full on rock vibe throughout. There's a modern slant within the track, accompanied by a striking classic riff and vocals that plead for your attention. Good old solid rock, done well" - Beehive Candy - Beehive Candy


"Back of the Building" Single (2016)



"Leaders" Single (2016)


"Greatest Armies" (2016)

Monk Tamony - EP (2016)



"Back of the building" Franco V - Remix (2017)



"Around The City Light" Single (2017)





Monk Tamony was born instantly over drinks in a downtown Lower East Side bar.  After realizing he'd been writing songs for a band that didn't exist, TJ Rosenthal (vocals, guitar) walked the new material over to long time friend Joe Zdaa (drums, vocals). Who then played the demo tracks while bartending at a popular underground hotspot in 2015. Days later, rehearsals were officially underway.


The bands' name is an ode to the various colorful characters who roamed the seedy streets downtown around the turn of the twentieth century. And, their sound is an amalgamation of the band’s biggest influences from the British invasion to classic soul and punk which has fast earned them attention for their exciting live shows.


The duo released their self titled debut EP in the summer of 2016. Their single "Leaders" was voted Q Magazine track of the day. In addition to live stints throughout various regions of the US in 2017, the band enjoyed festival stops in 2017 at both SXSW in Austin and the Desert Stars Festival.  


The first single off the duo’s upcoming EP, THE GOOD SIDE was released in late January of 2018. It quickly saw heavy rotation soon after, on college radio stations throughout the US. The EP and single were produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes. Monk Tamony’s next single ON THE RUN is scheduled for release in June of 2018 and their EP is slated for release in September of 2018 in support of several live dates scheduled throughout the US including SXSW and following South America.

Band Members