The Urban Monks
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The Urban Monks

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Band Pop Rock


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"CKMS Chart"

CKMS-FM Monthly Chart for February 2008

TM CC Artist Album Label
1 * The Urban Monks The Same Light Danforth Records
2 * Union Of Lanterns Truth (If You Want It) Independent
3 Black Mountain In The Future Scratch Records
4 * Quinterre A Vent - Estria Petite Suite Maritime ATMA Classique
5 * Jason Collett Here's To Being Here Arts & Crafts
6 * David Jalbert Shostakovich 24 Preludes & Fugues ATMA Classique
7 * k.d. lang Watershed Nonesuch
8 * Holly Woods Live It Up Cyclone Records
9 * Alcides Lanza Canadian Composers Portraits Centrediscs
10 * The Feeling United S/T Independent
11 * Battle Creek Hold Hope, Oh Withered Tree! Independent
12 * Les Voix Baroques Canticum ATMA Classique
13 * Montreal Studio Of Ancient Music Roma Triumphans ATMA Classique
14 Daft Punk Alive 2007 EMI
15 Bob Mould District Line Anti-
16 The Beat Holding Company The Hard Sell Independent
17 * The Feminsts Can't Scream Loud Enough Independent
18 * Anandan-Gzowski Shruti Project Ambiances Magnetiques
19 * Hayden In Field & Town Hardwood Records
20 * Ann Vriend When We Were Spies Fire Escape
21 * The Trews No Time For Later Bumstead Records
22 Dane Cook Rough Around The Edges Comedy Central Records
23 Cat Power Jukebox Matador
24 * Various Trailer Park Boys Soundtrack Anthem
25 * Fresh I.E. The Warren Project Kingdom Music
26 * Les Boreades Beatles Baroque III ATMA Classic
27 * Bernard Falaise Clic Ambiances Magnetiques
28 * Royal City Saxophone Quartet That's A Plenty Independent
29 * The D'Urbervilles We Are The Hunters Independent
30 * Daddy Long Legs King For A Day Independent
31 * The Superfantastics Choose Your Destination Independent
32 * Hawksley Workman Between The Beautifuls Universal
33 Chris Joss Teraphonic Overdubs Independent
34 * Brides Queens Burnt Oak
35 * Beautiful Nubia And The Roots Renaissance Band Kilokilo Independent
36 * Andrew Cash Murder = Independent
37 * ID Guinness Cure For The Common Crush Independent
38 * Todd Donald Todd's Second Record Northern Morning Music
39 * Various Brockway Ent. 2008 Canadian Rap Future Superstars Compilation Independent
40 * Jerrold Dubyk Quartet The Way You See It Independent
41 * Colleen Brown Foot In Heart Rawlco Radio
42 * World Of Science Makeout Music By... Independent
43 Easy Way Out Steal The Show Independent
44 Various Euro Groove Putumayo
45 * Oskar Morawetz A Child's Cry From Izieu Centrediscs
46 * Champion Et Ses G-Strings S/T Saboteur Records
47 * Terry McDade Midwinter Free Radio
48 * Peter Judd Inkstains Independent
49 * Broken Arrow S/T Independent
50 * Steve Hilliam Inside The Lines Independent
51 * Luke Doucet Blood's Too Rich Six Shooter Records
52 * Joe Forster Black Ribbon Of Hope Independent
53 * Johnny Hollow Dirty Hands Orange Records
54 * Various R U Ready 4 The Helicopter?!?! Vol. 3 Slut Factory
55 * Steven Trothen ...Learbs To Knit Tree Phone Records
56 * Protest The Hero Fortress Universal
57 * Fidgital Departure Independent
58 * Supermarine I've Got Tomorrow Independent
59 * Butcher/Muller/Van Der Schyff Way Out Northwest Drip Audio
60 * City And Colour Bring Me Your Love Dine Alone Music
61 * Pentaedre Schubert Winterreise ATMA Classique
62 Sea Wolf Leaves In The River Grifter Music
63 Gorillaz D-Sides Parlophone
64 The Hives Primer A & M
65 Various Reggae Hits 37 Jetstar
66 Wyclef Jean Carnival Vol. II - Memoirs Of An Immigrant Columbia
67 Kula Shaker Strange Folk Cooking Vinyl
68 Kate Nash Made Of Bricks Geffen
69 Nicodemus Endangered Species Remixed Wonderwheel
70 HorrorPops Kiss Kiss Kill Kill Hellcat Records


"CJCS 107.7 Mix FM"

Just a great concert...This guy [Pete], if you haven't seen him, has got unbelievable energy on the stage: his legs are going the whole time! Playing guitar, singing, doing the whole thing: he just never stops. It's just great energy...I highly recommend it. - Jamie Cottle

""Here and Now" Radio Show"

"You might call the URBAN MONKS of Stratford a 'green' band because
its members aim to use music to raise awareness of environmental
Which isn't to say their tunes are 'good for you', say, broccoli.
Quite the opposite. The group has an infectious pop sound, at times
eerily like The Beatles. We played a track from the URBAN MONKS'
latest album, THE SAME LIGHT, called Living Under the Man."
- CBC Radio

""Get Hammered" on Y108" - Y108


The Same Light (2008 LP)



The Urban Monks. Deemed to be, at times, “eerily like the Beatles” by CBC Radio, Pete Oldridge, singer and songwriter of The Urban Monks, has never shied away from admitting the foursome are his primary influence. Among his infectious pop riffs and melodies, Oldridge also nods to Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Arcade Fire and Spoon. The ’60s influence that is apparent at first listen is accompanied by an eclecticism that makes this band worthwhile. Some songs are upbeat, some quiet, all the while each song seems effortlessly laced with smart lyrics and catchy melodies that make you dance.
After touring Southern Ontario extensively, the Monks released their debut album “The Same Light” in 2008, which shot to the top of university radio charts. Infectious hooks aside, the Monks lyrics are significant enough to warrant at least a second and third listen. Songs like “The Complicated Part” and “All About The $” admonish the pursuit of creature comforts and the pressures of the capitalist machine, while “We Buy Our Cells” and “Let’s Get Up” provide sobering caveats about the long term affects of inaction. The Urban Monks are currently working on their sophmore album.

The Urban Monks were also recently featured on Hamilton, Ontario's radio station Y108's "Get Hammered" program. And also have won the regional stage for Kitchener of The Rock 'N' Roll Challenge for the Spring Music Festival 2011.