Brooklynâ€™s Old Monk is set to release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Posing Love today via Eenie Meenie Records. The trio of vocalist/guitarist Josh Carrafa, drummer Ian Burns and bassist Tsugumi Takashi create an energetic brand of garage-rock that is informed by classic rock with prog rock tendencies and equal parts punk and power-pop along with frenetic, off-kilter time signatures, witty lyrics and wailing guitar solos.
Last year the band spent their time recording and releasing four singles from the album and they are front-loaded in the first half including standouts â€œVolcanic Prisonsâ€ which tells a story about a sailor, robots and a volcano and is set to a hefty slice of liquid-hot prog-punk magma and â€œFowl And Foeâ€, a tightly-spun bundle of raw nerves and energy with a loose bass line, choppy rhythm and soaring vocal melody. The other two previously released singles; the propulsive and catchy â€œMagesâ€ and â€œSeymourâ€, with its loud/soft dynamic return alongside the rip-roaring surf-rock inspired new single, â€œAlta Rushâ€. The last half of the album is filled with new songs such as â€œFleshâ€ which features a hip-swiveling rhythm, falsetto vocals and some anthemic arena-worthy guitar lines and the dynamic â€œEurasisaâ€ which is bolstered by a rumbling bass line, tumbling drums and several time changes. Another standout, â€œHistoryâ€ is highlighted by jangly guitars and a bright, bouncy rhythm that alternates with heavier, chugging guitars. Later, the short instrumental jam â€œBalloonâ€ pops off with Ianâ€™s rapid-fire drumming and ringing guitars and the twelve-song album closes out with the winding guitar and bass interplay of the epic, â€œSecrets In The Lawnâ€.
With their new album, Posing As Love, Old Monk have perfected their garage-pop sound and delivered on the promise of their outstanding debut.