Boldly pilfering from increasingly audacious sources, Our Monk have produced a body of material that reveals the quartet’s unbiased keenness on pop history. The group’s predilection for crafting fun, eclectic pop tunes paired with an ambitious approach to musical arrangements evokes White Album-era Beatles and Smile-era Beach Boys.
What was the first band you saw live?
John Farnham on his Whispering Jack tour. I subsequently learned every lyric, to every song, and peeved off everyone by singing along to the album relentlessly.
I also threw a tantrum when ‘Take the Pressure Down’ lost the number one spot on Rage to Chris Rea’s ‘Let’s Dance’.
What’d you learn from them?
1) You’re the voice.
2) Make a noise and make it clear.
3) We’re all someone’s daughter we’re all someone’s son.
4) Lyrics don’t always need to make sense.
Got any pre-gig rituals?
Yeah, I listen to my old Whispering Jack LP in reverse. The lyrics make more sense that way.
What do you think the most important issue facing artists in NSW is?
Getting industry savvy (whilst still maintaining a John Farnham level of coolness).
If you weren’t a musician, what do you reckon you’d be doing?
I think most of the band would try our luck on the Professional Poker Tour.