a New Breed of Monkey
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A New Breed Of Monkey are a cool, dirty indie band from Burnley . Their songs are sometimes melodic, sometimes fast and grimy, but never miss-fitting. The band play an upbeat, sweaty set, taking you back to the nice, simple, black and white indie genre but who cares – if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Named during a crazy day getting ready to go to the Riverside Festival (Hebden Bridge) in 2003 when they were behaving like, well, monkeys. Lancashire’s own a New Breed of Monkey are: brothers The Bung (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Joe Burke (bass guitar), lifelong pal and virtual brother in law Jamie Robinson (lead guitar), and the brothers cousin Jordan Watson (drums). When they come together the ARE a New Breed of Monkey.
A New Breed of Monkey set the stage alight with their exceptional performance. A truly inspiring band, they have managed to inject a spark of unique talent to an older genre. From the way they compose themselves on stage, to the way they belt out works of art such as “Mannequin”; A New Breed Of Monkey play a mixture of Progressive, broodingly atmospheric indie and energetic Indie-Rock distinguished by some intelligent lyrics, haunting melodies and sharp guitar-work. Vocally front-man “The Bung” is similar to that of Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and in the quieter moments there is even a little Guy Garvey (Elbow), and like their northern counterparts there is a great deal of emotional intensity in the music ANBOM make. Very tight and well arranged it’s a compelling direction which sits nicely alongside the current crop of indie hopefuls yet as the same time is nicely removed ensuring the band standout as something original and genuinely exciting.
Tense impassioned angst indie rhythm and booze… The Bungs voice is the voice of the next rock star you haven’t heard yet, whilst Jamie’s amazing ability on guitar captivates every audience. Jordan plays drums in a way that no one has since Keith Moon (God rest his soul).
In the few years they’ve been together, they have progressed through playing the local pub scene to performing at nationally acclaimed venues.
WE ARE SPLITTING UP - LAST EVER GIG AT THE MUNI, COLNE, ON FRIDAY 16TH JULY 2010
Its not what WE think we sound like really, its about how the listener percieves us. It has been said that \"Vocally front-man The Bung is similar to that of Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and in the quieter moments there is even a little Guy Garvey (Elbow), and like their northern counterparts there is a great deal of emotional intensity in the music ANBOM make.\" Other comparisons have included The Cure, Joe Strummer and others - but we sound like we do because of who we are. Nothing contrived. Among the major influences the band have grown from you would include The Smiths, Ian Brown, Oasis, The Beatles, Radiohead, Morrissey, Metallica, Kings of Leon, and many many more.
We\'ve done a couple of smaller festivals already, but if we were playing a big festival (and thats one of our goals) then it would have to be Glastonbury \'cos it\'s the daddy! Leeds would be cool or even V Fest - you have to consider the line up each year to decide on the best one, but Glasto always delivers.
All the band drink lager AND cider. Depends on the time of day, and wether you\'re in a field in Somerset.
We already have supported some big names - Big Country, Bloc Party, Tony Wright, Bonehead, Tom Hingley, Paul Ryder, Aziz Ibrahim - but it would be cool to get on a tour with someone like Ian Brown, or Kings of Leon. Playing massive venues to huge crowds would be a buzz.
When you ask a question like that you invite a kick in the bollocks. It isn\'t Susan Boyles album.
We\'ve had loads of dodgy stuff happen. Jamie got a Gibson Les Paul stolen at one gig. Girls taking off tshirts, stuff like that. Probably the strangest was when a girl approached the sound engineer mid-set asked if the band would play certain songs NOW because the Kaiser Chiefs manager was in the audience. Obviously we didn\'t, and obvously he was. We never heard from him again.
An upbeat, sweaty set, some intelligent lyrics, haunting melodies and sharp guitar-work. Expect to jump around a bit.
Joe crowd surfs to the front to shake Morrisseys hand whenever he goes to a Moz gig. The Bung has done it at festivals and indoor gigs. Jamie doesn\'t, and Jods is... where is he?
1. So they can see Jamie play guitar. Amazing. 2. To drink beer. 3. To watch Joe frowning at The Bung. 4. To experience Jod\'s inspirational drumming. 5. To drink more beer.
be completely bored with the banality of life and the apathy of the populace. Just a minute - does that mean the world is already perfect???
What\'s the point? They\'re run by accountants not music lovers. If there are any out there who genuinely believes in music above profit then let themselves come forward and be counted. Here\'s what Morrissey thinks: \"As we all now know, the world of music is purely market-driven – not even youth-driven anymore. Talent or merit or songs do not enter the equation for a split second; the campaign is the thing, the campaign is what is discussed amongst the public, the campaign is what impresses the press, and the songs are never a factor. The labels will only push the \"artists\" that they themselves have discovered, and have no interest in the self-made, blah, blah.\" We fully agree.
Named during a crazy day getting ready to go to the Riverside Festival in 2003 when everybody was behaving like, well, monkeys and the band manager came up with it.
The real world? Re-phrase that! To earn a wage? Upholsterer / fabricator / car sprayer / dodgy geezer. Guess which is which.
a New Breed of Monkey are: brothers The Bung (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Joe Burke (bass guitar), lifelong pal and virtual brother in law Jamie Robinson (lead guitar), and the brothers cousin Jordan Watson (drums). So we have always been together in one form or another.
We\'re currently working on that. We did the pub scene for years, then played bigger venues in Manchester and London for a bit, mixed with the pubs. Now we want to move on to the next stage. We just haven\'t worked out what that is yet.
The songs we write are sometimes melodic, sometimes fast and grimy and the way they have developed over the years has been the emotional intensity of the songs, as well as the musical ability of the band which has steadily evolved.
Jamie once stole a pillow from Travelodge.
A case of lager.
Most bands sound great on CD but not so good live. Successful bands sound great on CD and can do it live. Come see us live and listen to the CD then decide.
£200 - £250
a New Breed of Monkey
Photos of the band at work