Monstrauss

Monstrauss

 San Jose, California, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Heavy alternative rock with prominent grunge and ska influence.

Biography

"Truly good stuff! ...Primus molests Pearl Jam beaten by a Rude Boy with a wet noodle!"
- Steven Schub of the Fenwicks and HaSkaLa

Influenced by a wide range of styles, we are most basically defined as a heavy alternative rock band with prominent grunge and ska influence, although we are connected to the San Jose punk scene. We've been together since August of 2009, and have been gigging regularly since December of that year, playing around the Bay Area and in Southern California, opening for a variety of acts including Rx Bandits and Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children Macnuggits. We self-recorded our 8-cut EP, "My Brain & Me" in a two-day garage session, and independently released our first record "Thinktank" in 2011. We've worked with SLG Publishing, Toothless Monkey Recording, PinUp Productions, Grand Fanali Productions, gotten airplay on internet stations like Rockland World Radio as well as college radio stations in San Jose and San Diego, and we regularly perform at and facilitate shows in the San Jose D.I.Y. scene.

We are often joined live by a 3-part horn section.

Influences include: Presidents of the United States of America, Tool, The Fenwicks, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana, Primus, XTC, Incubus, Porcupine Tree, Soundgarden, Radiohead, The Police, Oingo Boingo, My Bloody Valentine, and Smashing Pumpkins.

Lyrics

Pavelski Pop

Written By: Noaa Rienecker

We could go by train of thought
From the bottom of the dustbin of my mind
But you’ve heard it all before
I bitch to you about my brain all the time

So should I get political?
Or do my best to sound like Kurt Cobain
Cause I can’t write a love song
Does it even matter these days where…

…I lay,
It turns my feet blue
Poets we are not
But still I sing to you

Well, Cheers to you
And Cheers to me and Cheers to Doerr
There was a time when people had a lot to say
But nobody knows how to listen anymore

So I wrote a song about nothing
It’s really sweet of you to lend an ear
And give me some of your lifetime
Better give up it’s never coming back and you wasted it here…

…is my structure
Sing to me, O muse
This moment’s gone forever
I hope you found some use

Here I lay,
It turns my feet blue
Poets we are not
But still I sing to you

Here is my structure
Sing to me, O muse
This moment’s gone forever
I hope you found some use

My Brain & Me

Written By: Noaa Rienecker

I'm Horny, and I'm Lonely, and I'm fucked in the head and I'm outta my mind
I posted thirty empty orbit packs on the ceiling like a shrine
My bed she took me for a ride, we found a forest in the dark
We had some toast inside a spaceship and she stole my heart
And we copulated on the ground like a pair of mail-order monkeys

Isn't it amazing how much time has passed and I haven't learned a thing
Isn't it amazing how much time has passed and I still can't fucking sing

Well, will you look at that, I've gone and broke my brain again, I gotta get it serviced Bought him in a pawn shop, he was overpriced, but I thought, "Hey man, I deserve it" But the sonofabitch, yeah he ripped me off and I'm stuck with this half-ass brain instead Well, it's not so bad, just a little slow at times and I gotta clean
the gunk that builds up in my head with a toothbrush and a sponge

Isn't it amazing how much time has passed and I haven't learned a thing
Isn't it amazing how much time has passed and I still can't fucking sing

I Love You (Because I Hate Myself)

Written By: Jeff Titus, Noaa Rienecker

Yeah, you make me sick, babe
But if I set you free
There'd be nobody left here
To smother me

My pathetic love for you is
like an affliction
I keep you anyway just because
I need the friction

I love you because I hate myself.
You love me because there's no one else
You took your ecstasy and fucked me in the bathroom
My self-contempt is unconditional

We fuck three times a day
Cause then we don't have to talk
I pull out, zip up and
Then I take a walk

Yeah, Your love is like a rash
Because it makes me twitch
And you need me here in you
Baby to prove that you exist

I love you because I hate myself.
You love me because there's no one else
You took your ecstasy and fucked me in the bathroom
My self-contempt is unconditional

Winston

Written By: Noaa Rienecker

I'm lying on the floor and I'm awake and I'm dreaming
I feel like Mr. Smith,
them thought police are gonna bust down my door any day now

Be a Nihilist
'Cause I'm a fatalist
Think what we could do

No amount of Soma in your bloodstream could make you forget
What pretty things are not for you

Yeah, Let it Happen
They're Just playin' with your mind
Yeah, you could be a psychonaut but if you're psyched or not you're gonna find time

Let myself die
Sucked my cells dry
Let my cells die

Yeah, Let it Happen
They're Just Playin' with your mind
Yeah, you could be a psychonaut but if you're psyched or not you're gonna find time

In the land of the blind
The one-eyed man is king

Discography

Thinktank [2011]
My Brain & Me EP [2009]
Fever Dream [Single; in regular rotation at 90.5 KSJS]
Pavelski Pop [Single; in regular rotation at 90.5 KSJS]
Winston [Single; in regular rotation at 90.5 KSJS]

Set List

I Love You (Because I Hate Myself)
Mud
Pavelski Pop
Fever Dream
Sativa Song
Nothing
Woodrose
The Ballad of Artbox McInsulin
Untitled #1
My Brain & Me
Radio Capitalist
Space Cadet
Little Tiny T-Shirts
Winston
I
Shrimp Day
Pumpkin Scuffle
Silhouette

All songs written and arranged by Monstrauss.