surprisingly, baltimore based duo monarch (aka andy stack and jenn wasner) only started their musical collaboration last year. seemingly co-writing with ease, this multiple-instrumentalist young duo have the ability to make effortless gorgeous lush dreamy indie pop that evokes the good ol days when a wall of guitars could put you in a happy pensive mood.
released independently, their debut full length album "if children" is a confident 11 track collection that showcases monarch's dense rocked out sound that they surprisingly recreate on their live shows.
check out some highlights from the album and then take a look at a recent live performance below.
monarch - obituary [my fave track]
monarch - regret
monarch - family glue (live @ golden west cafe)
[check out andy as he plays both the drums AND keyboard at the same time!]
if you want to get their debut album, it's only available at gigs or if you contact them directly. so go support indie music and check out this talented duo at a venue listed below:
23 June 2007 : Columbus, OH @ The Screamer House w/ Wax & Wane
24 June 2007 : Morgantown, WV @ 213 Green St. Artspace w/ Wax & Wane
3 July 2007 : Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Thrushes
23 July 2007 : Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Marnie Stern
finally, read what baltimore paper city paper had to say about these kids here.