the monocles

the monocles

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The raw beat apostles handed down the savage rhythm from their dent in history, we wasted not a drop! A guy in Chicago said "raw and intense!" Indeed! Think of us as a darker, faster, 3-piece version of the Stooges.

Biography

The Monocles are a three piece rock n' roll band from Houston, Texas. They're spawned from record collections that are well put together, and they know the importance of crafting the song. They have been told--immediately, post-performance--that they "sounded like
f#!kin alligators or some sh*t, man! Whoooo!" They have also been compared to bands like the Replacements, the Wipers, and what it would sound like if "Rocket From the Tombs had a hate child with Mission of Burma"...let's throw Kim Fowley, 13th Floor Elevators and Lou Reed in there, too, for good measure.

The Monocles started playing together in December of 2005 with a different drummer, but post-rehab life proved to be a full-time adjustment for him, so he left town to hop trains and see the country. Enter Jeoaf, circa March 2006, and the true savage beat was awakened!

Being independently-minded fellows, the Monocles decided to form their own vinyl-only record label, Loose Recs (think "Loose Recs Sink Ships" on a t-shirt, dig?), and played the debut 7" release party on January 11th, 2008. That show also served as their inaugural tour kickoff, seeing them to Chicago and back, plus everywhere in-between. The tour went quite well (they returned home in the black, financially--need more be said?). Video footage from a house show is currently circulating the web as well as a live on-air set (once available via podcast from the station's website, now available by request via email from the band) on WSBF radio, both from Clemson University....crazy night, that one.

The 7-inch songs, "Out of Your Mind", "Tonight" and "Darken Your Door", have been reviewed by a couple of blogs and close friends. Said reviews are available here in the press section.

A full-length record is currently being recorded and is expected by August of 2008.

What sets the Monocles apart the most is the full-on intensity that they've brought to their music and live show, especially on their recent tour. It's the same energy you'd expect from the Stooges, or possibly from David Yow. They sound killer and put on a hell of a show--there is no phoning it in! This is definitely not your kid sister's big bopper...this is the real deal.

Lyrics

Out of your mind

Written By: Patrick

There's a revolution in your head
You can’t pay debts when you are dead
You said that you would never walk a line
As long as you don't have to wait in line
and spoil the good times in your head...

So go get out of your mind, so go get out of your mind, so go get out of your mind
Wake up and go...there's a whole wide world not in your head...

There's high rebel levels in your head
There's a missing piece not in your head
You were on until the break of dawn
And then the light wasn't even on
to spoil the good times in your head

Tonight

Written By: Patrick

I don't know where I'm going
Up or down or sideways
I don't know where I'm going
I don't know:
What you're doing for the money
What you're doing for the honey
What you're doing for the birds and the bees
What you're doing for the money money

I guess you're doing alright
I guess you're doing alright tonight

FFFFFFFreaks

Written By: Patrick

Last fucking week was so fucking good I had to go to my bank twice
And I heard you've got full blown AIDS sores now
And the sky out the window was really a truck
And I had a friend with eight arms to his disposal...

FFFFFFFreaks

Boom

Written By: Patrick

They finally snuck a wiretap in the beer
The history books will outline their career
They called it lots of words, but words are gone
₤except BOOM...BOOM...I say BOOM...K K BOOM...Alright, maybe we'll get it tonight...
The sky will turn colors like you've never seen
The prisms in the air rip us apart at the seams
They didn't see it coming on the radio
They called it lots of words but words are gone except
₤ BOOM...BOOM...I say BOOM...K K BOOM...Alright, maybe we'll get it tonight...
But we can drink all the wine, promise you will not mind
Take the ashtray inside, we won't turn on the lights
You can tell me those lies, the kind I do not mind
Everything is alright, I won't put up a fight

And everything was changing all over the place, Everything was changing all over the place
Everything was changing...
But it's got to stay the same, but it's got to stay the same, but it's got to got to got to stay the same...

Barbed Wire Heart

Written By: Patrick

Do you remember, how do we get home? Do you remember a long time ago?
Now my mind's in an invisible place holding onto a time forgotten
We took nothing back, I want you to know, when you took it, how far did it go?
Now my mind's in an invisible place holding onto a time forgotten

Oh

It should have been me it should have been you it should have been us but what can you do?
Now my mind's in an invisible place holding onto a time forgotten
We can follow the river back into town, we can follow the fishes into Amsterdam
Now my mind's in an invisible place holding onto a time forgotten

Oh

The ocean in her eyes is drowning me and that barbed wire heart, yeah that barbed wire heart that used to keep us both on beat...

In My Bones

Written By: Patrick

Waiting for the man at the masquerade, something on my way to the stereo, ladies behind the champagne velvet rope
Snakes are in our bloodlines, poison tongues in my mind, praying to their snaky god, snakes are in our bloodlines, snakes are what the snakes are hissing for...what the snakes are hissing for...

Lately New Orleans graveyards are all the same, resting except for the ones that are above the house, maybe someday they'll make it back to the ground
Snakes are in our bloodlines, poison tongues in my mind, praying to their snaky god, snakes are in our bloodlines, snakes are what the snakes are hissing for...what the snakes are hissing for...
I have seen a breakdown lately, maybe I could be yours someday, you don't know what you want, I can feel it in my bones...

With Your Blood

Written By: Patrick

Had to tell me and I've said it for the last time boy and now you've got to pay the price
With pockets full of sunshine, and it's shining its shine on my face
Had to tell me a serpent in the grass will reveal himself and now we've got to pay the price
And now the clouds are at my windows, and the birds are at my ankles and there's a river on my street, but I'll be waiting for a minute...
With pockets full of sunshine, and it's shining its shine on my face, but you've got to pay pay pay...
And if the sky is in your way then you've got to bleed it with your blood, with your blood, with your blood...

Inkstains

Written By: Hayward/Patrick

Katrina emptied the malls and she won't let no one out, she showed up with no invite and started being a bitch
And I printed your paper, the ink is staining my hands at work...what a jerk...
There's bodies floating around and she don't even care, the coroner's overworked but there's no bills to pay, they trashed Natalia's car and someone shot up her store, the pigs are placing their bets on who will get the most loot...
And I printed your paper, the ink is staining my hands at work...what a jerk...at work...whoa oh oh
And we all got our TV god...fox news burning all night long...hey mr. president it's really just as bad as they said...
at work...oh oh oh

Darken Your Door

Written By: Patrick

There's a rip in the couch and I just can't take it not even with a blanket
R.I.P. in the couch and I just can't fake it not even with a blanket

Because I was drinking all the whiskey, you were drinking all the wine, I'll never darken your door, I'll never darken your door, I'll never darken your door, I'll never darken your door no...

Discography

Out of Your Mind b/w Tonight and Darken Your Door - 7" vinyl - Loose Recs

Perth Control: Live from Australia - Limited CD-r

Blood Sucking Freaks (Grey Ghost #52) - Limited CD-r

*http://www.myspace.com/themonoclesmonoclesmonocles

Set List

Teenage Moustache tour set list (January 2008):

Money Rebel

Out of Your Mind

Inkstains

Tonight

FFFFFFFreaks

In My Bones

Darken Your Door

Nothing There

With Your Blood

Barbed Wire Heart

Boom

These 11 songs clock in approx. 33-35 minutes. Sometimes we do "New York" by Swell Maps, but it's been a while.