The Monarch Project
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The Monarch Project


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A Better Part of You/Desire (2012)
- available from in Digital or on 180gram 7" vinyl.



It had been a year alone on stage with my acoustic guitar and harmonica, when I was invited to open a show for a group called Steel Mountie. It would be the last show they perform together as a group, but the evening would give birth to the opportunity I had been waiting for.
It wasn't until months later that Rob and I met and began running through material I'd been working on. His drumming style and influences being similar to my own made for a really easy and productive collaboration.
A rehearsal studio on the far side of town is where Jose and I first met. He worked at the venue organizing bands and fixing equipment. We had started to workshop a group of songs, meeting late on Monday nights in a cafe that was vacant after 8pm.
It wasn't until all three of us got together and had auditioned a few different bass players that James joined. Originally, we intended on being a five piece with three guitars, but the lack of bassists willing to commit to a project, and our first gig only two weeks away made us quickly decide that someone had to put down the six string and fill out the rhythm section. It was never intended to be permanent.

Right from the start we received plenty of positive feed back, enough to fuel the project and continued booking shows in Hamilton.
Not even 6 months in, feeling that some of the material had been taken as far as it would go, we decided to enlist the help of Roman Marcone who at the time was working at Catherine North Studio to help polish the songs and get them recorded for our debut release.
The single was released digitally in October, and has received airplay on college radio. The 7" version will be released in January on the independent label "Homegrown Sound Recordings"

"A Better Part of You / Desire" is the pop from 60's alternative groups like The Byrds and CSNY, held together by a rhythm section rooted in 90's 'British Invasion' groups like The Verve and My Bloody Valentine.