In the age of Trump, Covid and Brexit it’s hard to escape the feeling that we’re inching ever closer to some sort of chaotic crescendo. It’s an exhausting time for a lot of people, and alt-punk trio Monakis are none too happy about this mess.
Their new track ‘Fake News’ is the Brighton band’s second single. Monakis are not keen to shy away from their outrage as the track erupts instantly at breakneck speed. Most recent bands commonly see fights break out at the gigs, but Monakis sound like a gig broke out at a fight. “Respect yourself,” frontman James Porter repeats throughout the track. It’s an unhinged mantra, one delivered with a charismatic snarl.
The sound production on this track is something that I noted right away. It does everything that it needs to do. Modern punk wannabes have a tendency to apply a sort of glimmer and shine to their sound, something which more often than not works to round off the jagged edges that the band have spent so long sharpening. This is not the case for ‘Fake News’. There’s enough room in the production of this track to make space for its arching dynamics and wailing guitar melodies, something that I already found to be a vast improvement from the band’s debut single ‘Animosity.’ It’s a rollercoaster, much like the ups and downs of these turbulent times. Within two minutes the track is over, and we’re left once again in anticipation to hear more.
Words : Dom Theodotou
Image : Cris Watkins