Preview / Ticket Giveaway: Monophonics @ Martyrs' 9/11/14

Monophonics: Funk Sure To Rock Your Soul & Your Brain
By: Brian R. Brinkman - @sufferingjuke


By its definition funk is emotive in nature. Emphasizing rhythm in place of melody and harmony, funk exists to make you move. Yet, paired with introspective lyrics, funk can also make you think.

San Francisco’s Monophonics understands that the key to truly mind-blowing shows comes in a dirty balance between the grooves that will make you dance til’ ya drop, and lyrics that offer unique perspectives, and thoughtful musings.

Originally an instrumentally based project, the addition of organist/singer Kelly Finnigan in 2011 helped to push the band beyond the simply trappings of horn-infused groove sessions. Simply put, Finnigan is a drug in human form. Two songs in, he’ll be covered in a thick coat of sweat, hair will be flailing in rhythm, while his voice quakes like a dirty ashtray tossed in your face. The band is an experience in philosophic boogying. Rounded out by Myles O’Mahony’s thumping bass, the prodding and sparse beats from drummer, Austin Bohlman, cerebral licks from Ian McDonald, and the candy-coated melodies from the three-piece horn section: Ryan Scott, Nadav Nirenberg, and Alex Baky. The group is a force.

Monophonics plays at Martyrs' (3855 N Lincoln) on Thursday, September 11th at 9pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Chicago fixture Bumpus opens up.

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