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Thursday, August 2, 2012

SHOCK THE DARLING PET MUNKEE!!! - Horror Rock with an Original Theme




[WHISTLES]
YO!
NOW EAT, YOU BIGMOUTH!
CHEW YOUR FOOD BEFORE YOU SWALLOW!
WHAT'S THAT?
IT'S A COMIC BOOK.
WHAT?
COMIC BOOK.
COMIC BOOK!
"A COMIC BOOK!"
MY KIDS LOVE THESE THINGS.
HEY, LOOK!
YOU CAN SEND AWAY FOR ALL THIS STUFF HERE.
"X-RAY GLASSES."
THEY DON'T WORK. IT'S A GAG.
LOOK, AN AUTHENTIC VOODOO DOLL.
SOMEBODY ALREADY SENT FOR IT.
YEAH, WE CAN'T GET THAT.
"TIRED OF GETTING SAND KICKED IN YOUR FACE?"
HA HA HA!
WHERE'S BILLY?
HE'LL BE DOWN IN A MINUTE.
BILLY!
STAN, ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?
I DIDN'T GET MUCH SLEEP LAST NIGHT.
THE STORM?
NO, IT'S THIS GODDAMN STIFF NECK.
YOU MUST HAVE STRAINED IT.
YEAH. YEAH, I GUESS.
I DON'T KNOW.
OW!
POOR BEAR.
YOU WANT THE BEN GAY?
NO.
NO.
AAH!
AAH!
THAT'LL TEACH YOU TO THROW AWAY MY COMIC BOOKS.
AHH!
READY FOR ANOTHER SHOT, DAD?
HEH HEH HEH HEH!



(Borrowed from Movie Dialog.Com)


I'm a big fan of horror rock, horror surf, horror punk, horrors MUSIC. I'll listen to everything from movie scores, soundtracks, novelty songs from the 60's and even classical music that sounds creepy. So when I received an email from Sophia Cacciola spreading the good word about her music project, Darling Pet Munkee , I immediately check out all the sound clips, the videos, the website... I was hooked. I'd like to share it all with you and give you my thoughts on why I love it and why you should listen to the music and laugh heartily at the videos.



What to like about Darling Pet Munkee... the music varies from surf rock to a more Goth, slow ethereal sound and with a hint of punk sensibilities all tied up with a rather original thematic concept. Each song derives its subject matter and title from objects you'd find in the back of old horror comics. Yes, that's the reason I inserted the Creepshow quote at the beginning of the review. I only wish I could've found a video clip of it for you. The music videos have tongue firmly in cheek, but that doesn't mean that Darling Pet Munkee doesn't take each production serious when it comes to their artistic craft. Think of the early Cramps videos or maybe Tiger Army. This is true independent music creating independent music videos for the fun of it, not because a major studio forced them in front of a camera. There's a whole lotta heart in each performance.



From the band:

 Sea-Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, and a necklace full of soil from Dracula’s castle are among the many   bizarre items that were sold in comic-book ads of yore. Garage/surf rock supergroup Darling Pet Munkee aims to tell the tales of these lost items in song. For the next 6 months, the band will be releasing one song a month - with accompanying history - examining the bizarre knick-knacks sold via these misleading ads that promised fighting skills, wondrous creatures, and grand journeys. In early 2012, the full 7-song EP, _Glows in the Dark!_ will have been revealed. 



 The band name is derived from both the sale of living squirrel monkeys via ads (“Darling Pet Monkey”) and the combination of Sophia Cacciola (drums, vocals) and Michael J. Epstein (bass, vocals) of The Prisoner-themed act, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, and Catherine Capozzi (guitars) of Axemunkee.

Catherine Capozzi is nothing less than a guitar goddess, a girl who can shred with the best of the boys. After being selected by Queen’s Brian May out of 104 guitarists to win a famed “Red Special” guitar, Catherine founded Axemunkee to highlight her original guitar-based compositions, blending a variety of musical styles including: majestic psychedelia, hard rock, surf music, Middle Eastern music, and Parisian swing. Axemunkee’s “Acid Django” has been featured multiple times in the History Channel’s hit program, American Pickers. Cathy, known previously for her work with the band All the Queen’s Men and the Edith Piaf tribute band, Ziaf, was even mentioned in the book: She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul by British rock writer Lucy O'Brien and, appropriately, was the basis of a character in Marvel Comic’s Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Dr. Capozzi, a “mad genetic scientist with a heart of gold.”

Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein together make up Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, an angular drums/bass duo performing songs based on the ‘60s spy-fi cult-classic, The Prisoner. The band is currently two EPs (April 2010's The New Number 2 and June 2011's Questions Are a Burden to Others) into a project to write and record 17 songs, each one based on/inspired by an episode of the series and has recently released a painstakingly accurate, music-video recreation of the opening sequence of the show, The Prisoner, for their song, “Episode 1 - Arrival.” The pair also perform in the library-themed baroque pop ensemble, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library and the intergalactic children’s band, Space Balloons.



Here's the introduction to their video for Monster S-I-Z-E Monsters!





...and here's the clip fo Monster S-I-Z-E Monsters!





Here's the video for X-Ray Specs 





GENUINE SOIL FROM DRACULA'S CASTLE!!!



Now that your familiar with their back story and line up, let's get groove to their musical styling. Take some time to enjoy their music HERE. Or follow the bouncing embedded player below.

While the eclectic style might throw off the casual listener, horror enthusiasts should find something they enjoy either lyrical, musically or visually. There's a lot to take in. Take your time with this band and don't expect a cohesive album in Glows in the Dark! It's like a musical buffet.


To check out their collection of videos, back story and more about the band follow the link to their website HERE


Make sure to give their FaceBook page a like overe HERE.

Also enjoy Axemunkee HERE.  

Come on down, stick around for the self described  "schlockfest" and let the next great surf rock act out of Boston, Mass give you a bit of the old retro, a bit of the silly willies and a slight case of the "holy shit their sexies".

-Dr. TERROR (and yes, son, I am ready for another shot).

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