Monotonix: Body Language

By: Dennis Cook

This nasty, hard trio from Tel Aviv makes me want to do bad things - steal a car, direct some amateur porn, spank a cop, get sushi and don't pay! Monotonix straddle the barbed wire fence between '90s punk and '80s hard rock. The head snapping, buzzsaw guitars recall Greg Ginn and C.C. DeVille (if both snorted a lot of cheap speed), packing surprisingly musical grenades, which they lob with sneering abandon. As punishing as their ground zero blast can be there's also plenty of tight, subtle complications to reward burrowing into their foxhole. You can practically see the flash pots firing as they rework the riff from Sabbath's "Paranoid" on "Summers And Autumns" or simmer in a Steppenwolf-like miasma on "No Metal." Recorded and mixed by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs) in San Francisco, Body Language (released April 22 by Drag City) captures Monotonix's wild ass concert lightning in a jar. Like good sport fucking, this 24-minute taster leaves you disheveled, sweaty and oh so hungry for more.

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[Published on: 5/25/08]

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21mmer starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/25/2008 10:18PM
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dennis, i always look forward to your album reviews....they always paint a vivid picture and have, indeed, turned me on to some great music. you certainly have the ability to be analytical while also being descriptive and this line, "Like good sport fucking, this 24-minute taster leaves you disheveled, sweaty and oh so hungry for more.", is the best thing i've read on jambase in quite some time.

eastcoastdave starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/27/2008 10:33AM
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These guys are amazing in concert. The drummers kit kept moving all over the club, and they ended the set with all 3 of them on the counter rockin out. They are just insane when they perform. Catch them if they come to your area.

Hagermeister starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/27/2008 11:41AM
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Awesome review - great writing as always DC. This sounds right up my alley...::reads up on hot-wiring cars in preparation::

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/27/2008 04:57PM
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sounds cool, I like to see the international coverage, this article sucked me in fast.


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