The Munks

The Munks

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If Bob Dylan fronting The Flying Burrito Brothers might interest you, then The Munks will impress. Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, they have a definitive sound consisting of experienced playing and top-notch songwriting.

Biography

Throaty, thuddy, hoary: THE MUNKS

Defining the seeds of Little Rock quintet The Munks may be a parlor game by the time the group’s trajectory is complete. The Munks’ pedal steel, violin and Arkansas origins connote cornponery commonly found in the Americana/alt.country/etc. fields, but not found on the band’s debut , Heartbreak Numbers (Big Bender Records).

However, The Munks are indeed partly informed by classic country music and rootsy rock, and certainly not above covering the likes of Merle Haggard’s “…The Bottle Let Me Down” or the Rolling Stones’ hillbillyish “Faraway Eyes” in concert. The lolling, piano-driven songs of throaty vocalist Aaron “Brother” Grimm also reflect glints of pop, 90;s grunge and more- all steeped in thuddy, hoary, straight-ahead album rock. To further add to their eclectic mix and mystique, The Munks were named after off-kilter jazz pianist Thelonius Monk, which is enough to give would be pigeonholing scribes fits.

Giving voice to this singular canon is an appropriately uncommon instrumentation- at least uncommon outside of Western swing music. Founders Grimm and drummer Brooks Browning (a third generation percussionist) are joined by five-string bassist/vocalist Rich “Beatrice” Dwiggins, pedal steel/ traditional guitarist Alex Piazza, and classically trained violinist Bennett Ryel. Little Rock’s Capitol View-Stift Station neighborhood—home to a disproportionate swell of the city’s most diverse and literate rock bands—is where The Munks live, play, and were formed.

The Munks’ rise through the ranks of the greater Little Rock scene has been dynamic. The fivesome’s song, “Nice to Know” is featured on the compilation disc The United State of Americana, Vol. 4 (Shuteye Records). The Munks have been featured in The Arkansas Times, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and have performed on the city’s ABC-TV affiliate morning show. The band made it all the way to the finals of the state’s highly regarded Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase- a field often populated with longtime sentimental favorites. The Munks’ Heartbreak Numbers, recorded in Little Rock’s Tusk of Jaguar Studios, was released in May of 2006. Wherever in your record store Heartbreak Numbers may be filed, dig these new avatars of the Stift Station sound- The Munks.

Lyrics

Nice To Know

Written By: Aaron Grimm/The Munks

I stole the key to your heart and I let myself in- I like the songs on your stereo.

You kiss me once and I kiss you again- somethimes I think that I need to slow down.

I've been down this road, many times before
Say you love me, well that's nice to know

I call you up and we went out last night- you look so smart in your fancy clothes

You gave me a smoke and I gave you a light- sometimes I think that I need to slow down.

I've been down this road, more than twice before.

You say you love me, well that's nice to know.

All of my life, I've been searching for someone. But pretty girls with pretty lives promise me the world, but I wake up all alone.

Discography

LP "Heartbreak Numbers" 2006- Big Bender Records

Track "Nice To Know" on "The United State of Americana", Shuteye Records 2006

Set List

For an Opening set: 10-12 originals (cover of Nirvana's "Dumb")
For a Headlining set: 18-20 originals (covers of Nirvana's "Dumb", The Who's "Squeezebox", "Eminence Front")

Approximately 30 Originals Available Upon Request
Approximately 10 Covers (Done in The Munks' style)