Monsenior: Whelan’s Ones To Watch Festival Spotlight.

6 Jan

Monsenior

My first artist spotlight for the Whelan’s Ones To Watch Festival is a band I’ve known for a couple of years. Monsenior quietly went about releasing their first self titled ep back in 2011 playing a handful of gigs here and there. Monsenior are an alternative pop two piece from Dublin, which is about all the information you can find about the band. Their sound is alt-pop sandwiched between some folk/country and 60’s nostalgia. The 4 track EP is a slice of happiness, with its tight arrangements and upbeat catchy melodies reminding you of what pop was supposed to be before it became a catch-all, chart music expression. Rumors abound after a flurry of gigs over the last two months that there is another EP waiting for release so keep your eyes on these guys, after all there’s a reason it’s called the Ones To Watch Festival.
Catch these guys at the Whelan’s Ones to Watch Festival. Wednesday 8th January, 10:45 pm.

Tall Tales the opening track is a bass and drum bouncing track with nice jangling, rolling guitar to add colour. Structurally the song builds and drops through the verse leading you to the bridge where the song builds again with punches from both bass and drums kept in line with hand claps, harmonies and wandering guitar till it ends in a final chorus with all the intricate instrumentation coming together to a beautiful stop.

Seven Bells follows on in the Monsenior style of subtle instrumentation with added tambourine and keys. There is more focus on the vocals and lyrics in this one without losing any attention to the catchy hooks and clever structure as the song is almost divided in three between the slightly acoustic opening, the full-blown mid-section and the instrumental fade-out at the end.

Simple Miss changes things up with its piano intro and arguably could be called the sad song on the ep purely from the mix of lyrics and something they produce in the overall sound, especially when compared with the other tracks on this ep. You can really hear the beautiful vocal harmonies during the outro.

Head Screwed On is arguably the simplest of the songs with the biggest tinge of country with a little pedal steel guitar thrown in and the constant train-like beat from the shakers. It’s also got one of the catchiest hooks you’re likely to hear from an Irish band in recent years. Try not to tap your feet or nod your head to this one.

Think Paul Simon, Field Music, Bright Eyes, The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie.
Can’t make it to the Ones to Watch Festival, no need to worry catch the guys next week at Sweeney’s Dimestore Recordings
Thursday, January 16 at 9:30pm
Sweeneys Bar in Dublin.

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