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Old Monk

Old Monk Bio

(Eenie Meenie Records)

Brooklyn trio, Old Monk released their debut album, Birds of Belinze, in early 2012, garnering excellent reviews and sending the band on the road all across North America. The L Magazine named the band in their annual “8 Bands You Need To Hear” in April of 2012. Guitarist/vocalist Josh Carrafa met drummer Ian Burns while attending college in Colorado, bonding over a mutual love of music and performing together in various local bands. The two started to collaborate on songs via the Internet when Carrafa moved to New York to attend law school, writing much of what was to become their debut LP, Birds of Belize, before Burns followed to New York and Old Monk was formed with Tsugumi Takashi joining on bass.

The band will be spending 2013 releasing a series of singles and videos in preparation for a new full-length in early 2014, the first of which will be “Seymour”, due in May. “Seymour” was written by Carrafa, produced by Takashi and recorded/mixed by Dan Shatzky at Vibromonk in Brooklyn. There’s a sense of classic Midwestern power-pop, fueled by Pavement and echoes of Pinkerton.

Josh Carrafa is also the band’s videographer, who has garnered attention for his website, www.musichistoryingifs.com, from publications such as NME, Shortlist, The Verge, Flavorwire, Design Collector, which documents great moments in music in 8-bit video form. Carrafa will create videos for each of the singles due this year.

In addition, Old Monk will be taking their powerful live show back out on the road, largely concentrating in the northeast.