Timothy Monger

Timothy Monger

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Front man for Michigan folk/pop outfit Great Lakes Myth Society goes solo with stately, lush rural-pop songs. He performs both as a solo artist and with his backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His new album "The New Britton Sound" will be released in 2011.

Biography

Timothy Monger is best known for his work with Michigan folk/rock group Great Lakes Myth Society (GLMS) which he co-founded with his brother James. The two brothers had played together previously in a similar folk-rock ensemble called The Original Brothers and Sisters of Love, releasing two well-received records for now-defunct Brooklyn indie The Telegraph Company (Stew, Jim Roll) before disbanding in 2003. Just prior to forming GLMS, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts in 2004. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year. Plans for a follow-up, however, would have to wait as GLMS began to take off with the arrival of their self-titled debut in early 2005.

The success of GLMS's literate folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. The two years that followed included several national tours, appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, with the members of GLMS taking a mutually agreed hiatus, Monger finally began recording his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park.

He currently lives in a small farming village in rural Southern Michigan.

Lyrics

North Side of the Road

Written By: Timothy Monger

We live on the north side of the road
About a mile from town
On the coast line of a cornfield
And on every side there are more fields
Making an island of our home

And off to the west side is a mill
In a railroad town
Population 500 people
It's hard to make time for other people
Out here on our own we do what we will

We hear the tornado sirens sometimes
We're on the flight path to Detroit

Out here on the north side of the road
In a quiet town
With only the wind lashing the cornfield
Animating the grass out on the airfield
Yawning out away from our home
On the north side of the road

Mining Accident

Written By: Timothy Monger

You’re mine in a mining accident
Underneath a mountain
We can have a good talk
Underneath a mountain
We can really connect
Will you be mine in a mining accident?

You’re mine in a hurricane cellar
Underneath the debris
We can have a good talk
Underneath the debris
I think we can connect
Will you be mine in a hurricane cellar?

You’re mine when the government falls
When anarchy reigns
We can have a good talk
When there is no law
I think we’ll really connect
Will you be mine when the government falls?

Radio Harvest

Written By: Timothy Monger

Radio harvest
Aggressive sunsets bake the radio
And murder conflict

Radio harvest
Two feet forward at the light you go
Radio harvest
Reception clear, Motown is here

Radio harvest
Soundtrack to sublime summer nights
Radio harvest
Hey Tonight, Piano Man

Radio Harvest
Radio Harvest
Radio Harvest
Radio Harvest

The Classics

Written By: Timothy Monger

The classics are playing
Inside your throat
The classic ring out again
From the pockets of your coat
Through the village of the dead
Underage and overfed
No one can blame you
For playing the classics all night long

The classics will save
Your wretched life
Maybe once, maybe twice
Some old song will still the knife
And from the shadows of your room
They give your strength to make your move
So who can blame you
For playing the classics all night long

I remember when I first
Heard that song
Giving focus to my rage
Moving stones before its gone
Maybe you go back there too
Where the muscles of you memory hurt
And who can blame you
For making a classic of this song

The Lark

Written By: Timothy Monger

When the lark whistles in my chest
And muscles me away from work
I go driving in the dirt
Light a spark in the service of the moment
Yeah, my heart wants to know if you will
Go invent the road, invent the road, invent the road...

When the dark hunts my chest
And humbles me, where can I turn?
Will you go driving in the dirt?
Light a spark
Set it burning in the moment
Yeah, my heart wants to know if you will
Go invent the road, invent the road, invent the road

Discography

TIMOTHY MONGER:

Timothy Monger - The New Britton Sound (Coming in 2011)
Timothy Monger - Summer Cherry Ghosts (No Bitings Records) 2004

GREAT LAKES MYTH SOCIETY:

Great Lakes Myth Society - Compass Rose Bouquet (Quack! Media) 2007
Great Lakes Myth Society - Great Lakes Myth Society (Stop, Pop & Roll) 2005

Set List

TIMOTHY MONGER (SOLO):
Up to two 45min Sets Available

The Lark
North Side of the Road
Witches
When I'm a Happy Drunk
Guitar Case
Mining Accident
Song Clerk
The Classics
Cleveland Heights
Laundry go Round
The Margaret Letters
Radio Harvest
Self Sounds
Heydays
No. VI
Stump Speech
Marquette County, 1959
Old Songs For a New Country
The Ballad of El Goodo (by Big Star)
Good Old Desk (by Harry Nilsson)
And many more...

TIMOTHY MONGER STATE PARK (BAND):
30-45min Set Available

The Lark
North Side of the Road
Mining Accident
When I'm a Happy Drunk
The Classics
Cleveland Heights
Laundry go Round
Radio Harvest
Summer is Over
Self Sounds
AntiClementine
Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale (by Love)