Our Monk

Our Monk

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
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'(Our Monk's) tunes veer gaudily from sax-driven, soda pop fizzy sockhop numbers to Motown stompers, wartime swing and straight-up pop fun... have all the catchy, whimsical silliness of White Album-era Beatles'

Biography

Boldly pilfering from increasingly audacious sources, Our Monk have produced a body of material that discloses the quartets unbiased keenness on pop history, from the 50’s doo-wop of It’s Not Easy, the festive Dixie of I’ll Be Around, to the straight-up pop of In Your Dreams.

Their songs - recorded swiftly in the groups home studio in Sydney - were keenly added to rotation on Sydney’s FBi Radio and Melbourne’s Triple R. Soon after, Our Monk were picked up by Triple J’s Home and Hosed, who also featured the group on Unearthed TV on ABC2.

Ceaselessly writing and recording, the group is beginning to amass a remarkable catalogue of music - music that has been recognised and listed by US licensing agencies for TV and Movie placement.

Live, Our Monk, with their Monestary of Sound horn section, have fashioned an inimitable show that ‘veers gaudily from sax-driven, soda pop fizzy sockhop numbers to Motown stompers, wartime swing and straight-up pop fun’ (Drum Media). They have recently shared the stage with the legendary 10CC (Dreadlock Holiday, The Things We Do For Love) as support act during their Australian tour, receiving an exceptional response.

Our Monk are Antonious Monk, Mark Giurissevich, Sam Maniscalco and Marilee Mai. Justin Fermino and Grant Arthur join on horns.

Lyrics

Dear Dear

Written By: Anthony Ortuso

Dear dear
I love you
But a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do
Just some things, I guess
That'll put hairs on my chest
Things a girl just wouldn't understand

Dear dear
Hear me through
I've got things
I have to do
Gotta sail the seven seas
Search the world for me
Turn this little boy into a man

Surely baby it is not a sin
Just to be jumpin' out my ski-i-n

Dear dear
Don't be blue
If it's adieu
And not 'I do'
Gonna hit some dusty trail
Find the Holy Grail
Kiss the ground in every foreign land

Dear dear
It's not you
I'm a douche
I thought you knew
Gonna climb a mountain yeah
Just because it's there
Breathe myself a little mountain air

Surely baby it is not a sin
Just to be jumpin' out my ski-i-n

(Horn Solo)

Would I be punished in a court of law
If I just walked right out the doo-o-r

Dear dear
I love you
More than you
Would have a clue
So don't you have no fear
I'll be back in a year
And promptly ask your daddy for your hand
And promptly ask your daddy for your hand
And promptly ask your daddy for your hand

A Little Monk

Written By: Anthony Ortuso

Rolling down the road and round the bend
Everyone is rolling past cos everyone is rolling faster than
Don't kill any of them even though I can
No, I don’t kill anyone, I’m just a Monk, I’m just a little

Monk
Monk
Monk
Monk

Eat your dinner, eat your dinner man
I’ll be eating all my dinner; I was much more thinner than I am
After all it seems that I’m a growing lad
I won’t grow very up, I’m just a Monk, I’m just a little

Monk
Monk
Monk
Monk

(Solo)

Monk
Monk
Monk
Monk

Rolling down the road and round the bend
Everyone is rolling past cos everyone is rolling faster than
Don't kill any of them even though I can
No, I don’t kill anyone, I’m just a Monk, I’m just a little

Discography

Our Monk - Self Titled Album
In Your Dreams - 4 Track EP
Dear Dear/Bleak Week - Double A Side Single

Set List

Able to do any length set since we have a large catalogue of songs.

Typical setlist as follows:
Humour Me
Love My Dame
I'll Be Around
Dear Dear
Got One Now
It's Not Easy
Call Me When You Get Home
Bleak Week
Betty's Rag
In Your Dreams